2020 August 16
- 1 Daily news and anti-corruption report
- 2 Part 2: How Kocharyan and Serj sold Armenia's infrastructure / Railways / Mines / Nuclear / Water / Post Office
- 3 Tavush Battles heroes / Who are they?
- 4 English documentary: The Treaty of Sevres & Western Armenia
- 5 Armenia comments on Greek-Turkish conflict on Sea
- 6 Azerbaijan angry at Artsakh president's Ganja comments
- 7 Jeffrey Epstein dies from a sudden cardiac failure
- 8 Belarus: 2008 or 2018?
- 9 Armenian peacekeepers in Afghanistan
- 10 Bad roads are for walking, not driving
- 11 COVID stats
- 12 Happy Birthday India
- 13 Entertainment for border villagers
- 14 Clear Lake (Parz Lich) / Nature protection
- 15 No more land lease near Lake Sevan
- 16 Zuyg Monastery / Aerial footage
- 17 Bee Festival
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Daily news and anti-corruption report
Aug/16/2020 news: / How Kocharyan & Serj sold Armenia's infrastructure: Nuclear, Zangezur Copper, Hydro, Water, Post Office, Railway / Tavush Battles heroes / Bomb comments: Ganja & Stepanakert / Jeffrey Epstein has died / Nature protection rules / Belarus: 2008 or 2018? / Armenia, Greece, Turkey /
Part 2: How Kocharyan and Serj sold Armenia's infrastructure / Railways / Mines / Nuclear / Water / Post Office
Part 2 is about the Zangezur copper-molybdenum factory, Sevan-Hrazdan hydro cascade, railways, water network, Metsamor nuclear plant, HayPost post office.
Sevan-Hrazdan hydro cascade
This cascade is a collection of 7 hydro power plants with a combined 559MW power or 2.32 billion kW/hour.
In 2003 Kocharyan sold it to the Russian Inter-RAO company for only $25m to pay back the debt accumulated from purchasing nuclear plant's fuel.
In 2011, RusHydro purchased the shares.
In 2019 it was revealed that Russian-Armenian businessman Samvel Karapetyan (Tashir Group) purchased its 90% shares for $2.5m after agreeing to pay its debt to European and Asian banks.
Until 2016 there were 2 companies delivering water to users: Veolia and Suar. They operated mini-companies for the door-to-door delivery.
In 2016 the entire control was sold to French Veolia company for $947m for 15 years of operations.
Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant
The law prohibits the privatization of NPP's shares, but its governance can be given to foreign companies.
In 2003 the Russian Inter-RAO received the control of NPP because NPP accumulated $40m in debt during nuclear fuel purchase transactions.
Besides the control, Inter-RAO would receive 25% of NPP's profits.
In 2012 the deal was canceled by Inter-RAO for "not being profitable".
Currently, it fully belongs to Armenia and produces $100m/year worth electricity.
On Feb-2008 the Kocharyan administration gave the Armenian railways to Russian Railways, more specifically to the latter's subsidiary called South-Caucasus Railways, for a period of 20 years.
Zangezur Copper-Molybdenum factory
Kocharyan privatized it in 2004. It was sold to 4 companies for $132m.
German Chronimed got 75%, Armenian Molybdenum and Zangezur Mining got 12.5% each.
Sidenote 2: CivilNet reporters also tied ex-NSS chief Vanetsyan's family to Zangezur shares through an offshore firm. There was a lengthy investigation: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/dq9knt/anticorruption_news_summary_nov12019_huge_media/
HayPost post office (Armenian USPS)
In 2004 the govt gave its control to the Converse Invest company.
In 2006 it was given to Argentino-Armenian businessman Eduardo Ernekyan without an auction.
In 2015, Serj and PM Hovik Abrahamyan decided to fully privatize it.
In 2019 Pashinyan administration suspended the privatization process after calling HayPost "too important for govt services to be privatized". The Parliament passed a relevant bill to keep it public.
HayPost was then handed over to High Tech Ministry, which has a strategy to open mini-postal branches in bordering settlements to boost rural services and to ձեռի հետ deliver fiber-optic internet to border regions.
Tags: #Privatizations #Infrastructure #ArmenianFactories
Tavush Battles heroes / Who are they?
Pashinhyan awarded medals to 71 soldiers on Friday for Tavush victories.
Ruben Sanamyan received the title of a Hero for his role in capturing heights during Tavush Battles. Here he is: https://news.am/arm/news/597164.html
23-year-old Vardan is a soldier who shot down an Azeri ORBITER-3 drone. He finished his duties and was recently discharged.
Here he is, telling the story: https://youtu.be/FwZu3pgV4FI?t=4
English documentary: The Treaty of Sevres & Western Armenia
Armenia comments on Greek-Turkish conflict on Sea
Greek and Turkish ships collided in the Mediterranean Sea on Friday amid worsening relations between the two. Turkey says they were conducting "seismic studies" close to Greek waters. They accused Greece of aggression and threatened with retaliation.
Armenian MFA: we're monitoring Turkey's illegal and provocative actions on the seas, and their mobilization of sea fleet. It once again exposes Turkey's aggressive and destabilizing actions in its neighboring regions. Armenia stands with Greece and Cyprus.
Azerbaijan angry at Artsakh president's Ganja comments
Kirovabad = Gandzak = Ganja. It's the second third-largest Azeri city, located near borders. Hundreds of Armenians were killed during the 1988 ethnic cleansings in Kirovabad.
Azeri govt responded to Arayik's comment with sharp criticism.
President Arayik responded: they always ignore the constructive messages coming from the highest levels of Artsakh govt, yet they got anxious and ran to the international community seeking their comments as soon as we give them a harsh response. Dignity is what earns respect.
Jeffrey Epstein dies from a sudden cardiac failure
On Feb/13/2020 we learned that Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev's grandson Jeffrey Epstein was afraid of being assassinated after exposing his grandpa Nazarbayev's alleged $1.5b/year corruption deal with the Russian Gasprom.
Epstein asked the UK for asylum, which was granted. He also complained that he was earlier drugged and forcefully kept under house arrest to shut him up.
Today Epstein was found dead from cardiac failure in his London apartment. There is no evidence of foul play. He has a history of using cocaine and was on probation.
Epstein's father, a former govt official and the son-in-law of Nazarbayev, was also Epsteined in 2015 in his jail cell after going rogue and attempting to seek asylum in Europe.
Aysultan (Aisultan) Nazarbayev: https://factor.am/276796.html
Belarus: 2008 or 2018?
A revolution attempt is being made in Belarus after Lukashenko rigged the elections. Hundreds of thousands have marched across the country. Workers are on strike.
Three protesters were killed, one of whom was straight-up executed. This caused a widespread uproar which prompted many famous Belorussian figures to speak up, cops to resign, and for special forces to lay down their shields.
Lukashenko has asked Putin for help while pointing out that Putin is next in line if his regime is toppled.
Today Lukashenko bused-in hundreds of supporters to a square to display a show of support for himself, amid weakening support among his strongest base -- the blue-collar factory workers -- who joined the strikes.
Lukashenko insists that only a fraction of factory workers are on strike and he still enjoys the majority support.
It all began after Lukashenko jailed the 3 main opposition candidates weeks before the elections. The "weak and naive" wife of one of the candidates was allowed to participate because she wasn't deemed as a threat... She ended up handing his a$$ back to him on սկուտեղ.
Link may contain images of blood: https://youtu.be/TTkMaoyrqGM
Armenian peacekeepers in Afghanistan
Armenia routinely rotates the peacekeepers in Afghanistan. A new group was sent. They'll undergo retraining before entering the duty.
Bad roads are for walking, not driving
The residents of Engels settlement wanted to know when their roads will be renovated, so they shut down the nearby M6 highway until someone came and gave a specific date. They opened the highway. (apparently that's more efficient than communicating over Facebook)
They also want water trucks to keep the street dust away from the air.
+168 infected. +1 death. 185,310 tested. 6,018 active.
Ararat soccer club's 8 players and 3 coaches are infected.
Happy Birthday India
Pashinyan and Sarkissian congratulated PM Modi. The Indian embassy organized a party in Yerevan.
Entertainment for border villagers
The Education Ministry and various musicians organized a tour in several Tavush bordering settlements to entertain the residents.
Mezzo-soprano Varsenik Avanyan, pianists, and jazz players performed in Berd city.
Clear Lake (Parz Lich) / Nature protection
Nature Minister Romanos: we'll review the annual land lease fees for areas surrounding the Clear Lake. They're ridiculously low for being located near this protected sight.
Businesses will be required to install septic wells and filter their wastewater.
No more land lease near Lake Sevan
Nature Ministry has suspended the process of leasing out lands in Hayanter Park on lake Sevan shores. This includes a ban on new construction.
Earlier they began destroying the structures that were built too close to the lake.
Zuyg Monastery / Aerial footage
This is Tavush province's Zuyg Monastery, its history, and the surrounding nature: https://youtu.be/awj1d9XzLr0?t=23
Archaeological findings in Shoghakat
Քյասար ինչ-որ բան են քուջուջ արել Շողակաթի մոտերքը ու պարզվելա, որ ըտեղ մի հատ էլ երկաթի դարի ժամանակների դամբարան կա։ Հիմա նոր դամբարանն են ուսումնասիրում։
Ոմն տխմար էտ երեք դամբարաններից մեկը թալանելա կես տարի առաջ։ Հիմա մլիցեքը դրան են ուզում "պեղեն"։
What is a Bee Festival?
Martuni held its annual Meghvaqam 2020 festival on Saturday. It's meant to boost tourism and show off the goodies produced by bees while allowing attendees to participate in the honeycomb squeezing process.
The hosts also presented homemade cheese, soap, and other products.
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