2018 October 8
All the accused are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law. Currency in Armenian Drams unless specified otherwise.
Gusanagyuhg mayor is charged with felony embarrassment embezzlement and forgery. He is accused of using public funds to pay his family members, embezzling funds dedicated for car rental, giving his family members a public property http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/145896
More details about Russia-owned South-Caucasus Railways investigation. Earlier, during a meeting with Putin, Pashinyan informed him that the company is being investigated for massive fraud. The investigators have released more details today. The company signed a AMD 126mln lease contract with the Transportation Department to manage parts of Yerevan-Baku railways on 2008, but ended up illegally removing and selling the railways, causing massive damages to the state. The company offices and workers’ private residences were raided by IRS earlier, but it is unclear if it was within the same investigation. http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/145866
Another former MP tied to the criminal world. Levon Sargsyan, aka Alraghaci Lyovik, is accused of hiring gunmen to rob a businessman with whom he had a conflict. The gunmen were found and arrested on 2009, but only on October of 2018 it was revealed who the mastermind was. NSS has raided his residence and found large quantities of weapons, including fully automatic AKs. Forensics examination will reveal if the guns were used in other crimes too. Levon Sargsyan hasn’t been in the country for for some time now. An arrest warrant in-absentia is issued http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/145820
After Hetq publishes an article detailing how the former government members privatized lucrative lands then bought it themselves for cheaper prices through auctions, the prosecutor’s office launches an investigation http://hetq.am/arm/news/93793/datakhazutyunn-usumnasirum-e-pashtonyaneri-koxmic-60-ha-antar-sepakanashnorhelu-hangamanqy.html
From 0 to 60 in 5 months: HHK’s Ashotyan proposes a bill to make it more transparent how Prime Minister’s private jet and helicopter are used. If another official uses it, it will need to be disclosed to the Parliament within 5 days. http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/145843
The embattled former police chief Alik Sargsyan will soon submit his resignation from HHK http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/145849
Former HHK MP Armen Sargsyan, turned independent, is in favor of snap elections on December http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/145850
HHK MP Arthur Grigoryan breaks the party lines, supports snap elections on December. Pashinyan later posted a Facebook message calling the public to encourage and support HHK MPs who are in favor of snap http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/145870
YUGE! BHK and QP leaders meet and sign a written agreement that BHK won’t vote for any PM candidate in order to cause snap elections, in the event of Pashinyan’s resignation. http://hetq.am/arm/news/93797/nikol-pashinyann-u-gagik-tsarukyany-hushagir-en-storagrel-tsarukyan-dashinq-y-khostacel-e-varchapeti-teknatsu-charajadrel-ev-chajakcel-arajadrvats-oreve-teknatsui.html
PM Pashinyan criticizes HHK for using their Council of Europe members to spread “misinformation” about the April events in Armenia and to portray the new government in a bad light. He thinks Armenia should have a better representation. As a reminder, HHK members contacted European bodies after Kocharyan’s arrest and attempted to get a negative reaction from them by presenting the arrest as a political persecution. https://youtu.be/tsHLjpv476Q?t=94
Health Ministry has begun installing feedback-machines in big hospitals to get a direct feedback from the patients about the service quality and complaints https://armenpress.am/arm/news/950084.html
Yelq (QP ally) MP Edmon Maruqyan proposes a new legislation to limit how much the banks and other financial organizations can penalize the person for failing parts of a financial deal. Currently, a citizen can be required to pay 300% of the sum they borrowed. If passed, the legislation will cap it at 50%. https://factor.am/89042.html
During an interview to Russian media, Russia's deputy Foreign Minister denied the rumors that the the ARM-RU relations have gotten worse recently. Says the trade is up 23%, Pashinyan met with Putin 3 times, and twice with Medvedev . http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/145833
Business Armenia foundation helps a businessman to invest millions of dollars to create a new oil factory and hire over 40 workers. The product will be exported to Arab countries. The second factory will produce plastic containers and other food items.
Taxi service gg will launch a ride-sharing service. The rider will share the ride with others and pay (pre-defined fixed amount) about third of what they’d usually pay. The driver will earn ether the same amount or twice more, for a typical ride. The ggShuttle service will allow more flexible micro-bus rentals for tourists or long range travelers http://hetq.am/arm/news/93774/haykakan-startap-ggshuttle-ov-kerteveki-mi-qani-uxevor.html
Helicopter tours are becoming more popular https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33bk7SQ8RUs
Edit: Wrote embarrassment instead of embezzlement.
Link to original report: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/9mi6fg/anticorruption_oct82018/
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