Roast beef has not been on the Armenian soldier’s menu for some time. Reportedly, until last month, the man responsible for military food supplies had been deviously serving frozen buffalo meat, imported from India, instead. Now from his prison cell, Albert Oganjanian, director of a local meat company, is threatening to tell the whole truth about this alleged swindle, possibly implicating some big guns.
Granted, you want to get for dinner what you ordered, but what’s the big fuss over buffalo meat?
The beef scandal goes deeper than just one corporate butcher. The army's deputy chief of staff, Arshaluis Paitian, who handled military procurements, was dismissed last month in connection with the tale. The defense ministry is now considering filing charges against a string of officials allegedly connected with the buffalo-beef switcheroo.
In time-honored fashion, however, it is keeping the details to itself. Defense Ministry spokesperson Artsrun Ovanisyan acknowledged the criticism for such an unsavory oversight as serving buffalo in the place of beef, but, hey, he said, Armenia's army food is still way better than what it was in the 1990s.