2019 March 1
Anti-Corruption March/1/2019: -- Another Manvel relative charged -- Hrazdan former mayor returns stolen funds -- 11th anniversary of March 1st events -- other
All the accused are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law. Currency in Armenian Drams unless specified otherwise.
Another one of Manvel Grigoryan's relatives, the nephew, was charged last year. Arshaluys mayor Zarzand Grigoryan now faces new 8 felony charges for: Colluding with others to embezzle funds (two counts), hooliganism as part of a group which resulted in a bodily injuries to others (one count), large scale embezzlement (three counts), kidnapping a person with the use of a firearm, abuse of powers.
The prosecutors are now seeking an arrest warrant instead of a signature not to leave the country. His role as a mayor will be suspended.
Hrazdan's former mayor Aram Danielyan has returned the 102mln he stole from the city between 2015-2018 with the help of a tax official. He has been released from detention. The investigation continues.
Parts from Pashinyan's speech dedicated to March 1st remembrance day:
Dear citizens of Armenia, Artsakh and diasporans. 11 years ago blood was shed. The government applied illegal force towards peaceful protesters, which ended with 10 deaths.
5 people were shot with a firearm
, 3 were killed by Cheryomukha-7 [which was illegally shot directly at people], 1 death from a shrapnel, 1 death from being bludgeoned by an object.
The actions of the government weren't against a specific individual, the target were all citizens of Armenia and their Constitutional rights.
The cause of the peaceful gathering that begun on the morning of March 1st was a result of years-long abuse of power, election riggings, assassinations and unlawfulness. These flaws had unfortunately begun immediately after Armenia's independence from USSR, when everyone was thinking that democracy finally won.
Some people worry that Armenia could fall in the same situation after the 2018 democratic revolution and the history could repeat itself. I declare that there can be no return to the old ways.
As the head of the government, from the name of the government, I apologize to all victims who suffered from March 1st events, political persecutions, political assassinations, since the independence of Armenia. I also apologize for vote riggings, corruption schemes by government higher-ups. We close the era of solving problems with violence.
This, unfortunately, doesn't mean that all corruption and violations are gone today. The citizens should know that today the Prime Minister isn't the peddler of the corruption, but someone who opposes it. The government and the people are united in fighting against a corruption by high ranking officials, and we will win.
I invite you to join a march to commemorate the victims of March 1st events, victims of all political assassinations and corruption victims.
Long live the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Artsakh, and its citizens who will live in a prosperous and happy Armenia.
PM Pashinyan, president, mayor, other party leaders and thousands held a rally.
During the remembrance gathering, a provocateur politician took the stage and blamed the March 1st murders on Levon Ter-Petrosyan, who was holding peaceful rallies from the morning of March 1st. The crowd swarmed the protester and took her placard away.
SIS has removed the asset freeze against former defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan's pension fund, after they found it to be unnecessary. He is charged with helping to overthrow the constitutional order on March 1st. (Other assets might still be frozen)
The government optimizations continue. The governors' offices will have 1 deputy governor instead of 3. As much as 30% of some of the offices may be laid off after the restructures.
Security Dream and Eplise companies, which were tasked with providing camera services to traffic police, have been at the epicenter of a corruption scandal.
The director of Security Dream has contacted the NSS chief Vanetsyan and asked him to investigate the founders of both companies, whom he accuses of embezzling more than half of the monthly funds that they received from the state for providing the services. The director says the founders are trying to get him fired for opposing the corruption scheme.
The Special Investigation Service (SIS) is investigating the case.
Yerevan municipality denies Jamanak paper's sources that the residential garbage collection fees will increase beginning July 1st. Municipality says fee hikes are declared ahead of time and go through a public hearing, so the public would know.
One such hearing on last December resulted in re-calculation of how commercial businesses pay for garbage cleanup. The fees for them are calculated based on the size of the building. Some large building owners have complained about higher fees.
NSS says the NSS' Facebook page is non-official is run by an unaffiliated person. The agency says the Facebook page spread misinformation today, which caused a confusion in public. The only official NSS page is sns.am
Defense Ministry representative went to Moscow and signed a new weapon contract with the Russian RosOboronExport military giant. No details on the weapon types or the cost.
The new U.S. ambassador to Armenia Lynne Tracey has arrived.
Pashinyan and Aliyev have agreed to hold a formal date in the near future, after sliding into each other's DMs for several months.
Three Romanian Parliament MPs have condemned the 1988 Sumgayit massacres of Armenians, and have called for the world to recognize it and to help solve Artsakh issue peacefully.
European Council (or Council of Europe?) will hold a session about Armenophobia. Artsakh Republic's Human Rights Ombudsman, a Turkish human rights official, blogger Alexander Lapshin and MPs will participate.
They'll discuss anti-Armenian rhetoric propagated by Azeri schools from early classes, Azeri officials rewarding soldiers who shoot at Armenian schools and commit human rights violations, Armenophobia in turkey, etc.
Karabakh wasn't the only region whom the Azeri government pissed off.
On 1990s, Talysh region
located on the south of Azerbaijan, was trying to gain independence. It's populated by ethnic Talysh people who are close to Iranians.
Talysh have long complained about mistreatment and political persecutions. Their movement leader Fahraddin Aboszoda flew to Russia to seek safety years earlier. Today, the Russian court ruled to deport him back to Azerbaijan due to his visa expiration, where he faces charges related to calls against the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.
Azeri regime will also examine his rumored visit to Armenia and the alleged meeting with Armenian special services (no one saw this coming ara davay dasvidanya e).
Link to original report: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/awa9hn/anticorruption_march12019_another_manvel_relative/
|2018 Daily Armenia Reports|
|2019 Daily Armenia Reports|