2020 August 26
- 1 Daily news and anti-corruption report
- 2 Part of Yerevan apartment complex collapses, death and casualties
- 3 Trial of ex-IRS boss Khachatryan and nephew
- 4 update: the soldier who wandered off
- 5 Artsakh will strengthen ties with Russia / TV & Radio / Tourism & Classes in Russian
- 6 COVID stats
- 7 update: Program to help high-tech startups
- 8 Digitized governance
- 9 Another criminal subculture thieve-in-law is arrested
- 10 Criminal subculture and human rights within prisons
- 11 Yet another thieve-in-law is arrested / Zap
- 12 The sorry state of Armenian "news" outlets / Which politicians get the highest number of rumors about resignation?
- 13 in its full glory will it appear in front of you when the light is shined
- 14 Part 1: What every country in Europe is WORST at
- 15 Armenian post office expands operations in U.S. and China / Logistics with Russia / Salary hike
- 16 update: HayPost to allow residents to import drugs
- 17 Armenian military industry
- 18 Hunting season begins
- 19 Ararat city's park...
- 20 soccer pitches in the province
- 21 TUMO high-tech school opens a branch in Moscow
Daily news and anti-corruption report
Aug/26/2020 news: \\ Apartment building collapses \\ Trial of ex-IRS boss \\ Artsakh + Russia = Love? \\ COVID \\ High-tech develops \\ Post office modernizes & expands abroad \\ Fight against criminal subculture \\ Fake news rundown \\ Armenian passport is meh \\ Medicine imports \\ TUMO in Moscow
Part of Yerevan apartment complex collapses, death and casualties
Around 7 am the 3 Raynis Street (Zeytun district) apartment complex partially collapsed after a gas explosion on the 2nd floor. It blew up the windows in nearby buildings. The locals began helping people to get out of the rubble.
The emergency crews, PM, and Ministers went to the scene. A group of Russian-Armenian humanitarian rescuers was dispatched.
12 apartments were destroyed. 19 residents managed to leave the scene largely unharmed, while 3 remained under rubble.
2 of them were found alive and transported to a hospital. One of them is in critical condition with severe burns and broken bones.
The fate of the third resident, who lived on the 3rd floor, remained unknown. The rescuers established silence at the scene and called the victim's cell phone to find his location, without luck.
Cranes gradually removed the debris and found his body 4 hours after the incident. The man was sleeping at the time of the collapse.
Yerevan municipality gave temporary shelters to the residents.
Drones were used to assess the damage to the rest of the building. Experts will check the seismic stability of the remaining structure.
Investigators began questioning the residents to learn details about the collapse. Some neighbors accused the resident of the 2nd floor of being mentally unstable and having threatened "to do something" yesterday.
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Trial of ex-IRS boss Khachatryan and nephew
The trial began today. Gagik wasn't present, citing "poor health".
The defense asked the judge to remove and replace the prosecutor because he is... "biased", for "not giving enough time to familiarize with investigation's findings."
The prosecutors presented counter-arguments.
The judge sided with the prosecutor and won't remove him.
The prosecutor asked the judge to extend the arrest by another 2 months. "It's too risky to free Khachatryans now because both of their sons [UCOM co-owners] are currently hiding from authorities. They could escape, too. Besides that, the crimes they're charged with are serious. He also has influence over his ex-employees in the system."
The verdict will come later.
update: the soldier who wandered off
Recently a soldier left the outpost to check the trenches but took the wrong route due to bad weather, and was taken hostage by Azeri army.
Armenian army: the felony case [infiltration attempt] launched by AZ authorities against Alaverdyan is nonsense and yet another traditional low-quality performance. Based on a video, it's obvious that they forced him to read a certain text.
Artsakh will strengthen ties with Russia / TV & Radio / Tourism & Classes in Russian
Artsakh govt plans to implement a 5-year plan to improve the cooperation with Russia, citing various reasons, including many Artsakh citizens living in Russia.
Artsakh will amend its telecommunication law to allow more TV and Radio programming in Russian.
They'll also increase the hours dedicated to teaching Russian in schools and universities.
Another reform will make tourist sights more accessible to Russian-language speakers because Artsakh receives many visitors from Russia.
+131 infected. +2 deaths. 5,216 active. 198,569 tested.
When the school resumes, students will be required to stay in class during a break so they won't go outside and socialize in an unregulated manner.
update: Program to help high-tech startups
High-Tech Minister Arshakyan: So far this year, 134 high-tech startups received a special tax waiver; another 11 pending.
Between 2019-2020, we've given the special conditions to 364 startups with 960 jobs. Many of them are diasporan Armenians.
The High-Tech industry in general didn't suffer as much from the pandemic, and kept growing.
High-Tech Minister Arshakyan: research shows that Armenia will soon upgrade its classification from "highly digital government" to "very high digital government".
19-point (not position) improvement since 2018, one of the highest progress in Asia. Currently ranked at 68 in the world.
Another criminal subculture thieve-in-law is arrested
"Vor-v-zakone" Gevorik from Oshakan and 3 others were arrested by NSS today. He's accused of holding the title of a gang leader and using his influence to "settle" a $4,800-worth dispute with the use of threats.
He allegedly used an accomplice within a prison to extort money from the victim.
Criminal subculture and human rights within prisons
Recently news was circulated about 2 Nubarashen prison inmates being beaten.
NGOs discussed the topic and criticized the Justice Ministry for not doing enough to get rid of prison guards who are "also members of a criminal subculture and ignore the law".
Justice Minister Badasyan accused the criminal subculture elements within the prison of being responsible for spreading "misinformation" about these alleged human rights abuses by guards. He said the civil society groups fell victim to misinformation coming from certain inmates.
Yet another thieve-in-law is arrested / Zap
Criminal Subculture ringleader Andranik Soghoyan nicknamed Zap has been arrested. He is also accused of using his influence to extort funds from a person to "settle" things.
The sorry state of Armenian "news" outlets / Which politicians get the highest number of rumors about resignation?
Yerevan mayor Hayk Marutyan "has been resigning every month" ever since he took office in 2018, if you believe the media rumors.
"New year without the mayor", "Marutyan's last autumn", "April 5th is his resignation date", wrote some outlets.
The first story was run by Robik's 168.am outlet in February 2019, citing their "very reliable sources".
Iravunk wrote another piece in July 2019.
Robik's Analitik joined the squad in August 2019 and suggested Marutyan will resign due to Amulsar mining.
10 days later, Hraparak wrote "Marutyan's resignation is on the agenda". And in September, Irates outlet peddled the rumors.
On November, Hraparak citing its "sources", claimed that Marutyan has just resigned (lol). Days later Iravunk jumped the wagon.
Most of the rumors were peddled by Hraparak and Iravunk.
This year's junk news campaign began with Joghovurd (Armlur?) outlet, which cited its sources claiming that the mayor would resign after April's referendum.
Then the pandemic caused everyone to stop the circlejerk.
On August 3rd, the outlets picked up the pace again. Armdaily.am cites its sources to claim that Marutyan won't return from his vacation.
On August 18th, Hraparak claimed there are strong reasons to believe Marutyan will resign.
The last rumor was circulated yesterday by Hraparak, joined by 168. They were skeptical that Marutyan would return from vacation. He did return.
Deputy PM Tigran Avinyan is the second most frequent target. Mostly peddled by Politik, armlur, hraparak,
Healthcare Minister Arsen Torosyan is in third place. The dude has been resigning since 2018 (dayum, boy). He is mainly targeted by Hraparak, Past, Dodi Gago's Kentron, Armdaily, politik, Joghovurd.
in its full glory will it appear in front of you when the light is shined
The endangered Caucasian leopard (panthera pardus ciscaucasica) was once again captured by an infrared camera installed in a nature sanctuary.
Part 1: What every country in Europe is WORST at
Armenia has the weakest passport in Europe. Only 20 countries in the world allow visa-free travel. Most militarized society.
Azerbaijan has the highest infant mortality in Europe, with 2% of kids dying before the age of 5. Lowest vehicle ownership rate. Least freedom of the press.
Georgia has the worst income inequality in Europe. The largest number of breakaway states.
Italy has the worst college graduation rate in Europe with only 17% of those over 25 holding the degree.
Armenian post office expands operations in U.S. and China / Logistics with Russia / Salary hike
High-Tech Minister Arshakyan: // HayPost will have a hybrid electronic/physical system for distributing pensions to seniors. It's part of the plan to move as many services online as possible. It'll reduce expenditures.
HayPost re-opened its branch in Delaware, USA, to boost the trade. A similar branch will be created in China.
We're negotiating with Russia to develop new logistics services. We also want postal exchanges between Armenia-Russia to be based on domestic prices, which will increase the volume of parcels going from Armenia to Russia.
We recently launched the PosTransfer system with Russia; first in the region. It allows money transfers between the two post offices (800 Armenian and 30,000 Russian branches) for only a 1.2% fee.
1,300 HayPost workers received a ~25% salary raise. //
Recently the govt canceled the former govt's plans to privatize HayPost. It was handed over to High-Tech Ministry, which launched a development plan.
update: HayPost to allow residents to import drugs
You can receive certain medications with HayPost. One parcel per year, with up to 5 types of drugs inside, with 3 boxes of each drug.
HayPost will contact the sender to obtain and register their personal data, after which the parcel will be sent to the local HayPost office for delivery.
HayPost will then contact the receiver to inform about frequency limitations so another parcel won't be imported too soon.
If you want to import more than the limit, then a Healthcare Ministry's permission is required. HayPost can take care of that by contacting the Ministry for you if you authorize it.
You'll receive a permission if the drug you're importing isn't available in Armenia.
Armenian military industry
High-Tech Minister Arshakyan: Armenian companies began producing mortars. They're currently undergoing multi-stage testing, after which they'll be presented to the army, which will consider purchasing.
Besides the Armenian drones that were used during July's Tavush battles, we have many other Armenian weapons that were used, but I can't reveal.
Hunting season begins
The Nature Ministry published the list of animals and birds you can shoot and the daily limit.
Ararat city's park...
...is being renovated as part of a federal subsidy program. New fountains, benches, alleys, lighting, and toilets.
soccer pitches in the province
Margahovit village will have 2 new pitches that meet international standards as part of HFF and federal govt subsidy program aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle. They're mostly ready.
TUMO high-tech school opens a branch in Moscow
It's the 3rd international center outside of Armenia. It'll teach programming, graphics design, robotics, 3D modeling, game development, music, movie production, etc. to Moscovite kids.
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