2019 May 26

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Anti-Corruption Daily

Anti-Corruption & News - May/26/2019: Weekend Edition.
by ar_david_hh

Disclaimer: All the accused are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law, even if they may sound as being guilty. Currency in Armenian Drams unless specified otherwise.

Serj Sargsyan paid a personal visit to Robert Kocharyan. Rob went to hospital for a regular checkup. There are unconfirmed rumors circulated by some outlets that he is trying to get a doctor's permission to leave the country to seek medical help abroad. This has not been officially confirmed or denied as of right now. https://www.tert.am/am/news/2019/05/25/sargsyan-kocharyan/3008575


A group of pro-judicial reform crowd marched on Mashtoc avenue, chanting "un-Serj, un-Rob, free Armenia". The nearby cars were honking in support.



During anti-Rob protests, one activist said he would not hesitate to urge Artsakh residents to break Artsakh president Bako Sahakyan's head if he dares to collude with Kocharyan to hide him from the authorities. The activist was questioned in a station by the police before being released.


Mayor of Narek, Ararat village is facing felony embezzlement charges for allegedly stealing the village's mud drainage system walls and using it for a personal property construction on his land.


In 2016, Vanadzor municipality employees dedicated money for road repairs. Lori police says they abused their powers, didn't conduct pre-repair examinations, and laid out a poor quality asphalt, causing significant damage to public resources.

The same year, the municipality employees organized a phony auction, during which they chose supposedly a 71mln job offering by a company. Shortly afterwards, they signed a repair contract with it worth 84mln. Afterwards, they violated the law at the request of a district manager and paid the company 17mln more than stated by the contract, says the police.

A felony investigation is launched.


International Saltech firm (diaspora Armenians) decided to establish a factory in Armenia last year, while receiving a 3-year tax waiver from the government. They have begun producing stainless steel parts for various factories and companies. Their business is doing pretty well: https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Farmgovernment%2Fvideos%2F427651321300623%2F&show_text=0&width=560 --- https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/162345

Armenian Army says they have foiled the ongoing Azeri attempts since last winter to strengthen their positions in several areas on Nakhijevan border. Both sides constantly try to move their positions forward at the expense of the no-man's land. In the latest attempt, due to Armenian side opening a preventative fire, Azerbaijan was unable to supply the materials necessary for creating the new positions.


Chinese foreign minister has visited Armenia, met PM and ministers. They signed several memorandums about relaxing the visa policies for government workers (earlier Armenian gov agreed to give 90-day visa-free stay for Chinese tourists), some documents about exporting food from Armenia to China, cooperation in nature protection and veterinary. Pashinyan has thanked China for the balanced approach towards Artsakh conflict. He suggested to discuss establishing more direct airways between China and Armenia.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/162360 --- https://factor.am/154371.html

World and Olympic champion greco-roman wrestler Arthur Alexanyan is back after a lengthy recovery from last year's injury. He won gold in an international competition held in Kazakhstan https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/162366

London's Arsenal has arrived in Baku for the May 29th Europea Leage final match against London's Chelsea. Henrikh Mkhitaryan's sister Monica says his brother knows what he is talking about when he said traveling to Baku isn't safe for him.

UEFA boss says there is no need to move the final from Baku to elsewhere. Says they would never be able to organize games if such tensions held them back. Compares the Baku situation with an earlier situation in France when they held games in France while the country was going through waves of terririrst attacks. (this will surely calm the already mad fans mate)

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/976206.html ---- https://armenpress.am/arm/news/976191.html --- https://www.vbetnews.com/uefa-president-ceferin-no-need-change-anything/


French Parliament MP wrote an article about the Mkhitaryan situation for French LeMonde paper w/paywall:

Affaire Mkhitaryan : « Pourquoi l’Azerbaïdjan n’est pas exclu des compétitions internationales de football ? (Why isn't Azerbaijan excluded from international football competitions. ty Google translate.)



The article translated to Armenian: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/976167.html

TLDR: Azerbaijan has oil, buys popularity, is a dictatorship, violates human rights, is a racist country that bans people for their last names, gave a title of a hero to a soldier who killed a sleeping Armenian colleague with an ax, should not be allowed to participate in such sports events just like South Africa was banned during Apartheid, Karabakh will soon host European CONIFA Foodball Championship 2019 (unrecognized republics championship). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_CONIFA_European_Football_Cup


Video TLDR of what has been said about the situation so far: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpT_zzBp_2k

Party time ДА ДА ДА ДА ДА ДА


Link to original report: https://old.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/btfky2/anticorruption_news_may262019_weekend_edition/

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