2019 January 18
All the accused are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law. Currency in Armenian Drams unless specified otherwise.
Freedom House has improved Armenia's internet freedom ranking, moving it from "partially free " to "free". Things that affect the score are human rights and freedoms, citizens' active use of the technology. The report also states that WiFi has gotten popular in places such as shopping malls, bus stops, restaurants, educational institutions, public areas
Neighboring Azerbaijan has seen its score reduced, partially due to certain news sites being blocked, and remained in "partially free" zone.
Georgia is also in the Free zone.
Robert Kocharyan's arrest has been extended by 2 months, after the bail offer was rejected. Lawyers plan to escalate the case to Higher Court. Kocharyan is charged with breaking the Constitutional order by involving the military in public affairs, which the Cassations Court had earlier found to be outside of presidential immunity.
More criminal charges are filed against the former high ranking police official Lt. General Levon Yeranosyan.
Beginning 2013, as part of an aid package, soldiers were receiving 72k monthly payments that they could spend towards various things such as loans, education, leisure, etc.
From 2013-2018, Yeranosyan required his subordinate soldiers to spend the funds on leisure activities provided by his own associate. After making the payments, the soldiers received services that were worth less than 72k, while some others received no services at all.
Yeranosyan is facing felony abuse of power charges.
The military will supply soldiers with more lavash (40% of all bread), spas, natural honey, garlic and fatty foods during winter times. The guards will now receive canned potatoes. Number of soup varieties will be 7. More refrigerators were purchased for proper care. The move was welcomed by the soldiers.
They'll receive better quality clothing, including 6 pairs of cotton shorts per year. The new boots made in Artsakh Republic are on the way.
The army is holding talks with Chinese "Beijing Defense" military equipment company. They could possibly purchase bomb/mine neutralizing equipment.
Pashinyan cabinet is discussing implementation of a comprehensive health insurance network in Armenia. They expect results by 2023. Ministries were instructed to work on the plan. The aim is to make healthcare more affordable for citizens, improve care quality, and tackle the grey economy in health industry.
Armenia has 3,400 residents with HIV, or 0.1% of the population. Only 67% of the infected are aware they have the illness, 85% are receiving treatment. Eastern EU and Central Asian countries are seeing an increase in HIV infections.
0.5% of immigrants in Armenia have HIV, 0.9% have Hepatitis B, 0.7% have Hepatitis C. Between 2013-2017, around 70% of new HIV cases were among economic migrants from other countries. 58% of those patients came to Armenia while already infected.
UN has helped Armenia since 2017 to form a program to provide health services to all HIV patients. Currently, 1900 patients are receiving free care.
78% of HIV patients are hetero-sexual, 12% shoot drugs, 4.4% homo-sexual, 1.2% transferred during pregnancy, 3.9% unknown.
The 5-year gas contract between ARM-RU ended on Dec/31/2018. That is when the Georgia-Russia gas pipeline contract also officially ended. Georgia was receiving 10% cut from the Russian gas transfer to Armenia through its territory. The new negotiations between Georgia-Russia will begin this year.
Armenia saw the lowest murder rate in 38 years on 2018. There were 36 murders, a 23% drop from the previous year. The year 1990 saw 178 murders.
Arthur Davtyan finishes second in a youth international chess competition held in Armenia.
Turkish-Armenian MP Garo Paylan's petition for Turkish Parliament to conduct an investigation of ethnic Armenian journalist Hrant Dink's murder has been rejected. He insists the case hasn't been fully solved yet, and that the Turkish government's persecutions created the ethnic hatred towards him, which led to his murder.
Hrant Dink was assassinated 12 years ago, after writing an article about Turkish leader Ataturk's adopted daughter Sabiha Gökçen, who was an ethnic Armenian according to her Armenian niece as presented in Hrant Dink's article. Sabina became an orphan after the Genocide, and later became the first Turkish female aviator to fly a war plane.
("Pogrom" means a hate-crime-massacre based on the victim's race, ethnicity, religious, which is allowed by the government.)
European Parliament on 1988 July 7, 1990 January 18, 1991 March 1 made statements, and demanded USSR to guarantee Armenians' safety in Azerbaijan.
It condemned the massacres in Baku, as well as violence against ethnic Armenians in Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh AO).
Condemned the severity of violence. Condemned the Azeri attacks against villages in Shahumyan and Getashen regions in Artsakh.
The USSR was asked to assure that the blockade of Armenia/Artsakh was lifted, and to find the perpetrators of the massacres. It also states that violence and discrimination in Baku begun as early as 1988. USSR was asked to guarantee the security of 500,000 Armenians living in Azerbaijan.
It demanded the end of violence against Armenian protesters in Artsakh. It supported Artsakh Armenians' demand to reunite with Armenia.
On 1991 March 14th, resolution stated that 300,000 Armenians had fled Azerbaijan and are in need of assistance.
On 1990 May 14th, Scottish National Party leader condemned the massacres, and the fact that Azeris were turning this into a religions conflict and making derogatory remarks towards Christians (Video: Azeri leader Elcibey and religious leader: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AItvr5pL03E
2002, several USA Congressmen brought up the issue.
US refugee committee chairman Bill Frelick acknowledged the massacres, and spoke about thousands of Armenian refugees living in Moscow. He wrote that 200,000 Armenians fled to Armenia, and 55,000 to USA.
President playing ping pong with his wife in United Arab Emirates
Edit: removed a sentence.
Link to original report: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/ahfykg/anticorruption_jan182019/
|2018 Daily Armenia Reports|
|2019 Daily Armenia Reports|