On May 25 in Ararat Region’s Dimitrov village land plots were put up for auction and sold.
The land included plots which for years villagers have tended for gardens. Immediately after independence, rights to use the land were given by the state. Later, rents were imposed.
When the land went up for sale, most of those villagers were not among the bidders because they could not afford the average price of about $445 per 1000 meters plus about $60 in administrative sales costs.