Local activists from the unofficial " Youth Democratic Movement " took the initiative to inform the residents about the operation of the plant. For this, they are prosecuted and their initiative cannot be officially registered because they would be immediately shut down by the responsible authorities.
Activist Mariam Avetisyan, together with experts, and the Armenian Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Health, informed the authorities about the harm to the environment and the factory workers . In addition to his violations of occupational safety, he did not pay their salaries for six months.
Soon after Mariam and her colleagues experienced threats and blackmail, and were offered bribes in exchange for their silence, with omeone broke into the office of "Youth Democratic Movement" and took all the photos and videos. Some of their phones were wiretapped, and some of the movements were expelled from universities because of their activities. According to the activists, the people behind this are top managers of the plant, oligarchs from Russia and Armenia, and local crime bosses.
As a result of activists' activities, worker strikes, and alleged economic problems, the plant stopped its operation temporarily. According to the local media , the plant is for sale to pay the employees' salaries. Although, sources say that the plant still works at night, and in the near future, its operation will officially start up again.