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Daily news and anti-corruption report

Aug/25/2020 news: \\ Armenia to have a new Volunteer Army for national defense \\ Azerbaijan's internal clan wars intensify \\ Anti-Corruption: Tsarukyan's wine company, Artsakh official, Schools \\ COVID \\ Electoral reform \\ Lebanese-Armenian repatriates \\ Fishing industry \\ Lake Sevan \\ more
by ar_david_hh


Armenia will create a new Volunteer Army to defend infrastructure and borders

The Defense Ministry submitted a proposal to create a Volunteer Army (աշխարհազոր) with headquarters in Yerevan.

Defense Ministry: // It will give a national character to the defense of Armenia. We'll organize a world-class military system on the principle of voluntarism aimed towards repelling any possible encroachments of an adversary. //

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It aims to involve all citizens of Armenia in defense of their country by making them ready in the event of external military attacks.

The decision to create it was made after analyzing the enemy's possible actions, which could include terrorist attacks deep inside Armenian territory in addition to border infiltration. The plan is to be prepared to respond.

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1) It's a system that recruits volunteers in the event of war or imminent military action.

2) It's meant to involve the "whole nation".

3) To defend borders and infrastructure, and safely evacuate of civilians if needed.

4) It'll be distributed across all provinces.

5) It's led by Chief of General Staff of the army.

6) 7) 8) During peace, the heads of divisions in each province will be the deputy leaders of each province. In Yerevan that would be the deputy mayor.

10) They cannot hire those who are already in army reserves because in the event of war they would be drafted anyway. Each regional government will help to identify qualified "civilians" as potential recruits.

11) Felons and emergency workers don't qualify.

12) The recruits will be given a weapon and a uniform.

13) They will undergo training, receive food, and those who have a job will be protected by law 175.1.4.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/194216

Tags: #VolunteerArmy #Ashkharazor


Azerbaijan's Clan Wars explained / Aliyev goes rogue / The Grey Cardinal toppled / Israeli drones in Libya

The below information was provided by Azeri dissidents, human rights activists and ex-ambassadors.

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Until recently the Clans were in a Cold War. Now it's hot. Expect some action this Autumn.

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who are the Clans?

Armenian Clan, aka Western Azeris who migrated from Armenia.

Nakhijevan Clan, aka Heydar Aliyev, aka Old Guard.

Kurdish Clan includes people from Artsakh and Armenia.

Pashayev Family, aka Baku Clan. First lady's family. This one isn't really a "clan" yet. It's a family trying to compete against the Clans.

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what's behind the recent Political changes?

The recent sacking of Azerbaijan's MFA Mammedyarov was part of the Clan wars.

This war is what led to the dismissal of Parliament and snap elections earlier this year. Pashayev Family consolidated power through "elections".

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Armenian Clan's downfall

The Armenian Clan was significantly weakened recently. Its leader was Ali Hasanov, the Healthcare Minister. Several clan officials were arrested.

More here: https://eurasianet.org/azerbaijans-notorious-ideologue-suffers-precipitous-fall

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the Grey Cardinal becomes the enemy

Ramiz Mehdiyev (Nakhijevan Clan leader), the Grey Cardinal of Azerbaijan and the second most powerful man, who served since the days of Heydar Aliyev, who was responsible with authorizing every political appointment, was recently dismissed and significantly weakened. People from his Nakhijevan Clan were arrested.

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The govt outlets began circulating videos from Mehdiyev's granddaughter's wedding to attack him by using COVID.

The court sentenced Mehdiyev's son-in-law to 15 days for organizing the wedding. Other allied deputies and friends were also charged.

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Mehdiyev publicly criticized the double-standards, stating that other public officials also held weddings but he was singled out.

His son-in-law was paraded in handcuffs even though it was an administrative offense. For the first time, media was allowed into court for such trials, so they could publicly shame him.

The govt used its propagandist Ata Abdullayev (the guy who confronted Pashinyan in Italian church) to throw dirt at Mehdiyev family.

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why did the Grey Cardinal Mehdiyev become the enemy?

He didn't like the fact that Ilham Aliyev appointed his wife Mehriban Pashayeva as the Vice President.

VP Mehriban wanted to form a new Clan based on her Pashayev Family. The other clans, including Mehdiyev's Nakhijevan Clan, didn't like it.

Mehdiyev recently began dropping "cryptic" messages criticizing Ilham Aliyev.

After he was dismissed, some of his friends sensed danger and began abandoning him.

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Ilham the great becomes Ilham the enemy

Ilham Aliyev used to be the protector of oligarchs and these Clans, but now he's their main enemy.

He first launched a war against the Armenian Clan, then the Nakhijevan Clan, then the oligarchs (belonging to Nakhijevan, Armenian, Kurdish clans).

Aliyev is now threatening their billions of dollars. Screws are slowly being tightened.

Aliyev betrayed the Clans and chose to join his wife's Pashayev Family. "He needs to worry about personal security hundred times more now."

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this is not a charity

In the past, oligarchs would run over and kill people with impunity. There are too many similar dirty cases.

The recent arrests of officials aren't a result of Aliyev trying to make Azerbaijan great again. He is getting rid of political opponents.

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big daddy Russia is watching from north

Russia, however, still views Mehdiyev as the "godfather" of mafia. He is friends with Russian [deep state] official Nikolay Patrushev. Mehdiyev used to get approval from Patrushev for high-profile political appointments in Azerbaijan.

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so who is Ilham's new "base"?

Ilham alienated himself from the Clans and joined Pashayev Family which isn't a full Clan yet. They don't have many influential people in their ranks.

They recruited a bunch of loyal suit-and-tie kids with degrees by bribing them so they won't join other Clans and cause problems.

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Ilham's Israeli drone games got him in trouble

The relations with Israel aren't as good as they were 5-10 years ago, especially after the weapons that Israel sold to Azerbaijan ended up in Lybia.

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TLDR from OP: Israel and Azerbaijan (Turkey) support different fractions in Lybia. Azerbaijan bought weapons from Israel and sent it to Israel's enemy in Lybia. Israeli weapons shot down Israeli weapons. They weren't amused.

"Is an Israeli air defense system shooting down Israeli drones in Libya?"

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/is-an-israeli-air-defense-system-shooting-down-israeli-drones-in-libya-624413

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-little-known-support-haftar-war-libya

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190808-israel-made-drones-downed-over-libya/

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Sources:

https://youtu.be/SHUtKJIx9mw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTTxNlk5JWM

https://www.meydan.tv/az/article/ramiz-mehdiyev-nadurustlerin-xalqa-meneviyyat-dersi-kecmesi-insanda-ikrah-hissi-dogurur

Tags: #ClanWars #AzerbaijanClans


BHK leader Tsarukyan's wine company allegedly stole property / Govt covered up

The report says: // the Defendant is Dodi Gago's Ararat wine company. The Victim is a company that did business with them.

In 2002-2006 the Victim purchased lands and property from Defendant and signed a co-lease to mutually use another land.

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"Without informing" owner Gagik Tsarukyan, the directors of Defendant company decided to play shenanigans. They destroyed the Victim's structure on the land earlier purchased by the Victim, and decided to build a tall tower-like grey building in place.

The government's Property Management officials, and Yerevan city inspectors, intentionally ignored the illegal construction. Yerevan Mayor gave a permit to proceed.

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The illegal tower was then illegally registered as Defendant's property in 2011.

As a result, financial damages were done to the State and the Victim. A felony case is launched. //

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/194243

Tags: #AraratWineCompany #DodiGago


Other anti-corruption news / School / Artsakh official

Education Ministry and Vayots Dzor governor busted dozens of school administrators with paying salaries to people who didn't attend work, between 2007-2019.

18 directors had their charges dropped due to Pashinyan's 2018 mass amnesty, the statute of limitations, or the fraud being too small.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/194202

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Artsakh President Arayik fired the head of Qashatagh region for hiring and paying his son in his office.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/194206

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Illegal deforestation busts increased by 31% YoY in Tavush province.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1025834.html


Nubarashen prison inmate

The media wrote that a group of men entered a prison cell in Nubarashen and beat two inmates. Bruises were later found by HR Ombudsman.

The prison says the guards have the right to apply force if inmates refuse to comply with the mandatory cell checks against contraband.

The prosecutors launched an investigation.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/194195 , https://armtimes.com/hy/article/194217 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/194234


Civil Aviation suspends another airline

Atlantis European Airways, registered in Armenia, has been suspended for 7 months for financial reasons. They have 3 jets.

https://hetq.am/hy/article/120851


COVID stats

+111 infected. +4 deaths. 196,873 tested. 5,343 active.

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Yerevan's "Voske Hambuyr" restaurant defied a govt warning and tried to organize a large wedding party before being stopped by the police.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/194199 , https://factor.am/278648.html


COVID: How much has been spent on healthcare?

Earlier we got the sum spent on aid packages. What about medical expenses? It's $19.5m, including equipment and costs associated with converting facilities.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/194220


update: electoral process reforms

Earlier the govt asked opposition parties and NGOs to join the discussion about reforming electoral process.

There appears to be a consensus between the debaters that the Parliamentary elections should be done with "Համամասնական" system, in which people vote for a political party.

Now the question is, should parties win the seat then appoint the candidate of their choice to represent that seat (Closed System), or should voters be able to vote for someone particular within the party in addition to voting for the party (Open System, aka Rating System).

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LHK Party: // We should have the Open system so people can vote for individual candidates within the party. It'll allow people to shape the party. It'll reveal which politicians are popular and which ones aren't. Parties could offer 30 candidates for each seat.

If we keep the candidate list closed and allow parties to decide later, the elections will look more like Presidential elections in which everything is about the leader. //

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/194228

Tags: #Hamamasnakan #ElectionReform


Metsamor Nuclear Plant resumes operations

Russian Rosatom energy company finished the [routine] renovation work 12 days ahead of schedule. The nuclear plant was successfully re-attached to the power grid.

Your light-bulb should be 10% brighter now. /s

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1025823.html


Lebanese-Armenians arrive in Artsakh

Two families recently moved from Lebanon to Artsakh for economic reasons. "We're taking care of their living conditions," said the president.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/194263


Telethon to support Lebanese-Armenians

Western U.S.-based organization will hold a charity telethon on August 30th at 17:00-20:00. It'll be broadcasted on ARTN, Horizon, Pan Armenian TV, and US Armenia. Also available online.

Links inside: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1025767.html


Regulated fish industry goes high-tech / Sevan trout (ishkhan) / Prices could fall

Unregulated fishing in Lake Sevan was recently banned and enforced. Businesses and individuals can get a license to catch some fish.

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Some businesses have been breeding fish inside a huge net which is submerged in the lake. The bred fish is then sold without harming the fish in the lake.

Some of the bred fish are released into the lake to boost the population.

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One such breeder has recently purchased equipment (apparently the only one in the region) which automatically sorts and distributes fish by its size and weight.

1 ton of bred fish was sorted during a short visit by the Ministry. It's usually exported to Russia or the U.S.

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Sevan Trout Restoration Foundation chief Vardan Mamikonyan (nice name bro) says their business is currently breeding 220 tons. "The new sorting equipment will double the sales in the internal market, which will gradually decrease the prices."

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The fish industry is doing good despite the pandemic. The 6,000 tons of annual export didn't decrease this year. There is a global increase in demand for Armenian caviar (350 tons exported).

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/194197


Illegal structures removed from Lake Sevan shores

For the lake's quality to improve, its water levels need to rise. Recently the govt began removing buildings that were built illegally close and would end up being submerged.

More structures were demolished today.

Photos: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1025773.html


Infrastructure++

171 LED light poles are being installed on 6 streets in Gavar city. It'll serve 4,500 nearby residents.

Geghhovit settlement will also have renovated roads and lighting system as well.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1025774.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1025825.html


Open-air Fresco International Film Festival...

... has launched in Yerevan and will last a week.

The viewers will watch theatrical performances and movies, mostly about modern art and spiritual stuff.

3,000 movies were nominated, from which 63 were chosen from 23 countries.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1025798.html


Armēnijas TOP7 tūrisma objekti

Latvian neatkariga news outlet presents the list of Top-7 places to visit in Armenia.

https://neatkariga.nra.lv/lasamgabali/322765-armenijas-top7-turisma-objekti

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1025822.html

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Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/igit6b/aug252020_news_armenia_to_have_a_new_volunteer/

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. Helpful overview of Armenia's media ownership and leanings.


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