2018 November 26

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Anti-Corruption Daily

by ar_david_hh

All the accused are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law. Currency in Armenian Drams unless specified otherwise.

Prosecutors press money laundering charges against Serj's bodyguard and a former NSS official Vachagan Ghazaryan and his wife. They are officially charged with hiding AMD 771mln in taxes for several years through various bank and investment machinations https://armenpress.am/arm/news/955898.html

Pre-schools have also begun teaching anti-corruption classes to children. Earlier, we learned that school students of various ages were being taught similar classes https://armenpress.am/arm/news/955833.html


Prosecutors are investigating reports from Jamanak newspaper, which says its sources have information that certain lower-ranking candidates who are running under QP (QP has 183 candidates) for the upcoming elections, are allegedly colluding with local district managers to help them move up the QP roster. A power grab attempt within the party, according to the sources. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/955719.html

The QP candidates in Armavir province deny that there is an internal fight between them. https://www.a1plus.am/1651121.html

HIGH STANDARDS! PM Pashinyan has promised to provide sporting materials to Pemzashen village so the coaches can better prepare for Olympics, after a local supporter asked for one during a rally. PM's critics say his promise is in violation of the new strict anti-bribery laws which prohibits gifts or promises to individuals during the campaign cycle. Informed Citizens' Ionessyan says it's not illegal when a candidate promises to solve a problem for the electorate, it's a normal part of campaigning, but it would have been illegal if Pashinyan personally gave/promised a gift to the particular individual. https://factor.am/102447.html --- https://factor.am/102566.html

... Pashinyan accuses HHK of politicizing the church, making it a branch of their government, and making parts of it corrupt https://news.am/arm/news/482983.html

... QP Sasun Mikaelyan calls the revolution's victory in these elections "the end of the dictatorship, which is at least as important as the Artsakh war". Some weren't happy with the comparison. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/955923.html

... HHK's Vigen Sargsyan goes on offense against ..... https://youtu.be/NQuQcgZj7oU?t=32

... Pashinyan unloads on HHK for creating poor living conditions for the soldiers, embezzling the funds meant for basic necessities and food. https://youtu.be/ouxzaLJi8-M?t=19

...A new factory will opened near Yerevan that will produce house appliances and TVs https://youtu.be/tD9oW9rftBY?t=345


...QP promises to turn Armenia into an industrial country, BHK promises up to $3bln annual inflow of cash, ARF to establish justice in the country.

RATINGS TIME! Pashinyan begins the election cycle with the highest 82% favorable rating. President Armen Sargsyan at 81%, Jirayr Sefilyan 59%, Tsar Gagik 52%, HHK Ashotyan has the lowest 8%, followed by Shawarmazanov with 10%, Serj 12%, Rob 13%, Arpine Hovhanisyan 14% http://panarmenian.net/m/arm/news/262735

... if the survey becomes a reality, HHK might not make it in the next Parliament because Sasna Tsrer, Bright Armenia and BHK received more votes from the participants. 4 parties, including QP, can be in the Parliament. If the 4th party doesn't cross the required threshold of vote %, only 3 parties will pass. Polls have been inaccurate in past. http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/149203

Yerevan municipality begins the removal of some of the most criticized ad billboards. Large ones have been removed from near Opera and Swan Lake. The municipality plans to remove the LED ads from intersections, which have been deemed as a distraction by the drivers and the pedestrians. Marutyan administration plans to write new rules for authorizing public ads. http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/149135

European Union ambassador P. Switalski says Armenia has achieved the highest rating in the freedom of expression and gathering post-revolution. He hopes that the election cycle won't be full of hatred between the opposing sides. http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/262703/

The Economic Competition Committee reports that Alex Holding, owned by oligarch Lfik Samo, has seen its share of flour market reduced from 38% to 5% due to an increased competition. The monopoly share in butter market went from 74% to 49%, while sugar from 94% to 78%. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/955738.html

Vanadzor-Alaverdi-Georgia's new 35km road opening will take place in a few weeks. 3 bridges and 3 tunnels were built. The Ministry of Transportation has also created a ratings list for construction contractors and will blacklist those who build poor quality roads https://armenpress.am/arm/news/955749.html

The work to renovate one of the nuclear power plant turbines has been finished. 400 Russian specialists and a total of 2500 staff worked on it. The second turbine will be renovated next year https://www.aysor.am/am/news/2018/11/26/%D4%B1%D4%B7%D4%BF/1496139

The fake screenshots circulating in the news allegedly showing Education Minister making typos and pressuring staff to vote for him, were done by a simple HTML/CSS page editing trick https://fip.am/5032 ---- https:// i.imgur.com/48BzlaI.png

Azerbaijan condemns Russia after Artsakh President Bako Sahakyan pays a work visit to Moscow http://azeridaily.com/politics/43660

Russian figure skater Yerveniy Plushenko plans to open a skating ring in Armenia and train athletes for competitions http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/149185

Link to original report: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/a0mjmo/anticorruption_nov262018/

2018 Daily Armenia Reports