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Aug/7/2020 news: / Russia extradites ex-MP. Murder attempt / Amulsar trailers / Nature audit / Anti-Corruption: Panama Paper's friend, two mayors, officials / Beirut aid / COVID & neighbors / AZ buys GEO fiber-optics / Tavush battles / Women in tech / Fewer car crashes / Women in tech / McBridgeface<br>
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Aug/9/2020 news: / Secret license - Karabakh Telecom / World's most efficient thermal plant / Arrests / Ex-police chief in trouble. Threats / Neighborhood news / Beirut aid. Eye-witness report. Repatriates & Arabs / Earthquake-proof schools / Education reforms - Arts & Crafts / Armenian churches / +<br>
 
by [https://www.reddit.com/user/ar_david_hh ar_david_hh]
 
by [https://www.reddit.com/user/ar_david_hh ar_david_hh]
  
 
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==Russia extradites ex-HHK MP accused of burglary and murder attempt==
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''HahHhHhHahaha you really thought you could get away from me because it's Sunday?''
  
Levon Sargsyan, aka Alraghatsi Lyovik, is a former HHK MP who allegedly burglarized and shot at a senior IRS official a decade ago.
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==World's most efficient thermal power plant in Yerevan==
  
A felony case was revived in 2018. He was hiding in Russia. In March, Russia arrested him and prepared the extradition process.
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In 2019 the Italian Renko company began constructing a new thermal electricity plant in [[Yerevan]]. $2.8M tax waiver is given to proceed.
  
Today Lyovik was brought to Armenia.
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https://youtu.be/brdozVbwQ6A
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Renko says: // This is our largest investment in Armenia. We partnered with Siemens. $130M out of $270M investments are done already.
  
https://factor.am/274836.html
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https://armtimes.com/hy/article/183522
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The new plant will have 254MW capacity and it'll be the most efficient in the word at 54%. That means the produced electricity will be cheaper. It's also eco-friendly.
 
 
==Kocharyan's TV buddy's assets unfrozen==
 
 
 
Armen Tavadyan, the owner of 5th Channel and many newspapers, earlier had his assets frozen after being charged with funding a scheme in which Kocharyan supporters (on hidden camera) tried to bribe March 1st victims to withdraw their claims against Kocharyan.
 
  
 
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Today the judge unfroze Tavadyan's assets, except for $3,100.
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500 people are currently working, with 95% being locals. 100 permanent jobs.
  
https://factor.am/274981.html
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COVID will delay the completion date but we hope to finish it in 2021. \\
  
==Panama Paper suspect's friend is charged==
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https://youtu.be/bqzhYwk7XSI
  
[https://armtimes.com/hy/article/169873 Mihran Poghosyan] is the former HHK official tasked with collecting taxes & fees. He was exposed by the Panama Paper leaks.
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==ex-mayor doesn't have to be arrested pre-trial==
  
In addition to that, he was accused of cooking the books to hire fake employees to embezzle their salaries. One of these alleged "fake employees" is now charged with stealing $12K.
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The judge ruled that a pre-trial arrest isn't necessary for Yerevan's ex-mayor Robert Nazaryan, who is accused of rewriting laws to illegally help Mishik's Dzoraget hydro power plant which subsequently overcharged $14.7M for electricity.
  
The suspect also happens to be HHK Justice Minister and Constitutional Court judge Hrayr Tovmasyan's ex-chauffeur.
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The court approved the arrest of another suspect Mushegh Koshetsyan.
  
https://armtimes.com/hy/article/169873
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https://factor.am/275188.html , https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/i4z9oq/aug62020_news_drugs_over_mail_ok_armenia_will/? , https://www.azatutyun.am/a/30772927.html
  
==Two other officials are charged...==
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==ex-police chief Gasparyan clashes with journalists / Lawyer makes threats==
  
.... besides Yerevan's ex-mayor Nazaryan. Yesterday we learned how Nazaryan was charged with rewriting laws to help Mishik's Dzoraget hydro plant to get a special status and to overcharge $14.6M in electricity.
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Pashinyan administration created a database of illegal structures built on Lake Sevan shores during former regimes. They're subject for removal so the lake levels can rise.
  
 
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Prosecutors have asked the court to arrest defendants Nazaryan, Shiraz Kirakosyan, Mushegh Koshetsyan for 2 months before their trial.
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Azatutyun went near the shores to document the illegal buildings when the embattled former police chief Vladimir Gasparyan allegedly used his car to threaten to run over the journalists and to shoot them. "He didn't want his house to be filmed and wanted to erase the tapes."
  
https://factor.am/275024.html , https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/i4z9oq/aug62020_news_drugs_over_mail_ok_armenia_will
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Azatutyun president Daisy Sinderlar condemned the "attack". They called the police.
  
==Norashen's ex-mayor is charged...==
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... with signing fake construction agreements to embezzle $11K in 2017.
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Roboserj lawyer Tigran Atanesyan received insider information that the police are preparing to arrest Vladimir Gasparyan.
  
https://factor.am/274976.html
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Atanesyan said: // the so-called Velvet Government decided to arrest Vladimir for a stupid reason. It's expected that gays don't like normal people. We're getting info as it unfolds.
  
==Lanjik's ex-mayor is charged...==
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Gasparyan's efforts to create independent Armenia are invaluable. He is one of the founders of the 3rd republic. Try and go further. It'll be your end and the revival of our state. \\
  
.... with embezzlement between 2013-2017.
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https://factor.am/274944.html
 
  
==Amulsar standoff / Mayor joins environmentalists / Trailers removed==
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https://youtu.be/oLVN88IkIYk , https://www.azatutyun.am/a/30774111.html , https://www.azatutyun.am/a/30773276.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1024484.html
  
Lydian miner had earlier removed the activists' tents from the nearby road's shoulder and replaced them with their own trailers. The activists complained.
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==Neighborhood / Turkish-Azeri military training...==
  
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... began after Tavush battles. They're conducting it near the Armenian border.
  
Today the mayor of Jermuk launched a process to remove Lydian's trailers.
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Azeri media reports that one Azeri soldier was accidentally killed by Turkish fire during the exercises. The govt reported the death as "suicide".
  
Jermuk official: // Lydian's trailers were installed illegally on lands that were leased for other purposes. We'll move them to Lydian's territory which is only 15 meters away. This has turned into a bigger deal than it should be. We won't penalize Lydian.
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The Azeri media reports about disagreements between AZ and TR armies and a lack of proper coordination.
  
 
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There were false rumors about Lydian bribing us with 500mln to not move the trailers. That money came from the land lease. They used to be paid to Gndevaz city but recently it merged with Jermuk so now Jermuk collects the money. \\
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In other news, a report says Azeri govt began secretly delivering Israeli rockets to Turkey for the purpose of disassembly and engineering intel gathering. Some Azeri officials are concerned that Israel might not be happy with this.
  
 
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The crane came and began moving Lydian's trailers slightly further away from the road, onto the Lydian territory.
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And it more other news, Aliyev regime will begin to privatize the State Oil Company SOCAR and other "socialist structures".
 
 
It was agreed that the activists wouldn't place their tents in place of the removed trailers. "It's OK. We spent 7 months here before getting those tents," said an activist.
 
  
 
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Lydian had earlier expressed dissatisfaction with the idea to move their trailers, calling it illegal. "We paid 500mln to lease those lands. What part of that money did the mayor use to improve the city?"
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SOCAR: https://eurasianet.org/azerbaijani-president-slams-state-oil-company-announces-privatization
  
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https://freeazerbaijan.info/2020/08/08/боевая-потеря-в-ходе-военных-учений/
  
Jermuk official insisted that those lands weren't leased by Lydian and that such "meter for meter" land disputes are common across Armenia due to inaccuracies. The Jermuk official said they spent the 500mln on infrastructure upgrades in Jermuk.
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https://factor.am/275137.html
  
https://youtu.be/nG8ujgrn0fw , https://factor.am/274910.html
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https://www.lragir.am/2020/08/08/570256/
  
==Environmental inspectors bust 34 violations==
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==COVID stats==
  
No, not in Amulsar. Inspectors audited dozens of sights between July 13-17 and found that 34 companies damaged vegetation, animals, air, etc. causing $867K in damages.
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+225 infected. +125 healed. +6 deaths. 6,871 active. 176,014 tested.
  
https://factor.am/275032.html
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Businesses in Yerevan generally follow the safety rules better than those in provinces, found the inspectors.
  
==Beirut explosion / Humanitarian aid==
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https://factor.am/275191.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1024470.html
  
Pashinyan & Govt: 3 humanitarian flights with 12 tons of food, medicine, etc. The first flight will transport medicine on Saturday. The other two next week.
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==update: Beirut Aid==
  
https://factor.am/274874.html
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Armenian humanitarian aid has reached Lebanon. Two more jets will fly next week. https://factor.am/275173.html
  
 
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Officials and community members discussed possible types of aid. Diaspora Committee chief Sinanyan will fly to Beirut: "Armenia isn't going to provide aid only for the Armenian community of Beirut."
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A routine anti-govt riot took place in Lebanon. Several govt buildings were occupied. There were deaths and injuries among protesters. The Nature Minister resigned. https://factor.am/275199.html
 
 
https://youtu.be/AbapFaehU08 , https://youtu.be/b-If3pC96jE
 
  
 
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All Armenia Fund launched a fundraiser yesterday. $40K collected from individuals.
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[[Ejmiatsin cathedral]] and [[Catholicos Garegin B]] held a prayer for Beirut. https://factor.am/275209.html
 
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Beirut explosion story
https://youtu.be/lJPeetdxaDg
 
 
 
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Lebanon-based Azdak journalist: we've seen wars, bombs, and fighter jets, but nothing like this. Massive damages with long-term ramifications. 11 [later 13] deaths and 250 [later 300] injured in the Armenian community. Some are missing.
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Vanay Dzayn reporter Nzhdeh: I heard the first blast and opened the window to find out what's happening. My parents, having lived in Lebanon and being used to war, immediately told me to stay away from windows.
  
https://youtu.be/W-Ew3bKIYkg
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That's when the second blast happened. A massive earthquake. We thought the building was crumbling and started to escape. Everyone was disoriented and bloodied on the streets. There were rumors of a military strike.
  
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Full: https://youtu.be/XGmx2D3lLbw
  
Diaspora activist: We can't make the same mistake we made when the Syrian crisis happened. We need to move faster. Lebanese-Armenians need to be given aid to be relocated to Armenia, instead of the US or elsewhere, so they can remain active in Armenian and Lebanese life.
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==Armenians in Beirut==
  
Armenian govt cannot handle this alone. Diaspora should help to subsidize the Lebanese-Armenians.
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Armenian embassy registered 40 ethnic Armenians who want to move to Armenia. Some of them want to sell their houses first. Others are ready to move right now but don't have money; they'll be offered a free flight with a humanitarian plane.
  
https://youtu.be/uf34Mf-LAN8
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The Diaspora Committee chief [[Zareh Sinanyan|Sinanyan]] will meet them to discuss scenarios.
  
 
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58,000 people signed a petition to hand over Lebanon to French control again, due to mistrust towards the Lebanese government and its ability to fight corruption.
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Sinanyan: we've been working with Parliament to streamline the passport obtaining process. It should take 2-4 weeks instead of 6 months. Women shouldn't face difficulties if they changed their last name after marriage.
 
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Arabs in Beirut
16 officials are arrested, including the port's director.
 
 
 
http://www.civilnet.am/news/2020/08/07/Հազարավոր-լիբանանցիներ-Ֆրանսիային-կոչ-են-անում-երկիրը-կրկին-վերցնել-վերահսկողության-տակ/392218 , https://www.azatutyun.am/a/30770828.html
 
  
==EU to help Gyumri after the flood==
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Reporter to Sinanyan: yesterday you said Armenia should also welcome Lebanese Arabs to Armenia. Some people didn't agree, saying we should help Armenians instead, even though Arabs welcomed Armenians in Lebanon a century ago.
  
Earlier we saw
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Sinanyan: the idea to also invite Christian Arabs to Armenia was voiced by ARF party official based in Lebanon, and I agree with it. Most of the critics were politically motivated.
  
how Gyumri was hit with a massive avalanche of water, snow, and hail.
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https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1024475.html , https://youtu.be/1LmFNsqjnH8
  
The EU will donate $94K to Gyumri's 2,670 low-income residents who were affected.
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==Arno==
  
https://factor.am/274990.html
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A large ship in [[Vladivostok]], Russia is named after legendary composer [[Arno Babajanyan]].
  
==COVID stats==
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https://factor.am/275246.html
  
+1,394 tested (172,994). +166 infected (6,972 active). +452 healed. +5 deaths (777 total).
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==Earthquake-proof schools across Armenia==
  
No new cases in Artsakh for the second day in a raw. 46 active.
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52 modular schools will be built across Armenia by 2022. The $4M construction project begins in September.
  
Armenia will resume flights to Tehran on August 25th.
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Modular design allows them to make the buildings earthquake-proof for a low price. It suits better for small settlements.
 
 
https://factor.am/274854.html , https://factor.am/274856.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1024410.html
 
 
 
==COVID in Azerbaijan / Aliyev's coverup==
 
 
 
Many Azeris don't believe the official stats about COVID retreating in Azerbaijan, saying "why does the govt ask for aid from foreign states, then?"
 
 
 
Doctor Bakhtiyar Mursakulov noted that two Olympic facilities are being converted into COVID facilities, which contradicts the claim that the virus is retreating.
 
  
 
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There are reports that the Aliyev regime is hiding the true casualties and deaths among doctors and journalists. One outlet says they found evidence of 34 such deaths by scrapping the social media lone, while the govt hid it from the public.
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Ejmiatsin's #5 school is being rebuilt with seismic protections and labs.
 
 
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JAMnews outlet interviewed an Azeri journalist who said they were told to keep quiet about deaths among doctors and journalists or else they'd face consequences.
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Deghdzut's school is being renovated for the first time since 1968.
  
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https://youtu.be/mh49TdSXqIk
  
(Maybe coincidentally maybe not, COVID stats in Azerbaijan began lowering at the same time when they began lowering in Armenia.)
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==Karabakh Telecom monopoly in Artsakh / Secret agreement==
  
https://factor.am/275053.html
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Karabakh Telecom (KT) is the only operator in [[Artsakh]], so they charge astronomical numbers. KT and Artsakh govt had signed a 30-year-long secret agreement in 2001. The details and pricing methodology were classified.
 
 
==Azerbaijan sneakily buys Georgian fiber-optics network==
 
 
 
Georgian outlets write that Georgian "Caucasus Online" company secretly sold 49% of its shares to Azerbaijan, which is a violation of the law because any purchases over 5% must be reported to regulators.
 
 
 
It was sold to Azeri oil magnate Nasim Hasanov for $61M, who has close ties to govt.
 
  
 
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This company connects Georgia to Bulgaria through the Black Sea and serves as a gateway for Armenia.
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Last year the Armenian govt managed to agree to reduce the roaming fees by up to 75%, but critics say its service is still too expensive.
  
Experts reassured that the sale is only for 49% and the Georgian govt wouldn't allow Azeris to shut down the Armenian internet on Georgian soil.
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Armenia-based BeeLine charges $4 for 5GB LTE, 200 minutes, 200 SMS.
  
There are concerns, however, that Azeris could get metadata (but not actual data) of Armenian traffic.
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KT charges 8x for the same service.
  
 
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Many Georgians aren't happy about giving control of their internet infrastructure to Azerbaijan and reminded that the Georgian officials earlier opposed such sales.
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Informed Citizen NGO after examining: don't blame KT. They are a business so they want to make money. The problem is with the govt. Everything was/is classified. To make it worse, the law says that if the telecom regulations and the business license have conflicts, the business license wins. So, this secret license is above the law.
  
 
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Experts advised Armenia to actively work with Georgia to counter any possible Azeri attempt to harm Armenia's ongoing plans aimed towards making Armenia an internet hub between Europe and the Middle East.
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Artsakh's regulator: the law allows businesses to ask the regulator to keep the agreement details secret if it contains trade secrets. The fees are justified.
  
http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/283812/ , https://armeniasputnik.am/armenia/20200807/24023221/Caucasus-Online-i-bajnetomseri-vajarqy-inchov-e-sparnum-hayastanin.html
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Informed Citizen NGO responds: that's absurd... And Artsakh Constitution says the only thing above Artsakh law is the international law.
  
==Several major oil & gas companies are leaving Azerbaijan==
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BP wants to cut 40% of its global oil & gas production and move to renewables. $45 oil isn't worth it, and even $70 wouldn't satisfy them.
 
  
They'll sell their shares in Azerbaijan, too. They currently own 30% of Azeri-Shirag oil and 29% of Shash-Deniz gas.
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Artsakh journalists have made unsuccessful attempts to get the agreement details. Artsakh govt says the agreement expires in 2031 and there is no requirement to renew it. "There won't be barriers for competitors after 2031."
  
 
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Exxon Mobil earlier began selling its Baku-Ceyhan pipeline and Azeri-Shirag shares.
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https://www.civilnet.am/news/2020/08/08/Ղարաբաղ-Տելեկոմ․-ինչու-են-գաղտնի-պահվում-պայմանագիրը-և-լիցենզիան/392301
  
Chevron had 10% and 9% shares in oil and gas. They sold $1.57B worth shares to a Romanian company.
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https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/co85gq/anticorruption_news_from_armenia_aug92019/
  
https://factor.am/274961.html
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==Russian documentary about Armenian churches==
  
==Drone shooters got gifts==
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By Stas Namin (aka Anastas Mikoyan).
  
Artsakh president gave awards to several soldiers, including those who shot down Azeri ORBITER-3 drones during Tavush battles.
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https://youtu.be/dTn-hoRR2to
  
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1024407.html
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==Education reforms / Arts & Crafts==
  
==Azeri GRAD commander==
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Changes will be made to Art & Crafts classes. A Ministry-formed Group tasked with drawing the blueprint.
  
Azeri govt officially denied using GRAD rockets against Armenia during Tavush battles, despite the evidence.
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Music, Fine Arts: 1-12 classes
  
When Azerbaijan released the names of dead soldiers, one of them was Lt. Reshad Mahmudov, who was a known commander of a GRAD unit with various TV interviews in the past.
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Dance, Theater: 7-12 classes
  
https://razm.info/144842
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==update: HIV and Norq clinics to merge / Directors replaced==
 
  
On February we learned that Healthcare Ministry decided to merge the HIV clinic with Norq Infections hospital so both would have one administration/database which would allow HIV patients, who are more vulnerable to infections, to get better care.
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Artists are happy about putting more emphasis on these subjects, but they want the Ministry's Group, which writes the rules, to have more members from the actual arts industry to ensure their voices are heard.
  
Some employees criticized the merger saying it would cause layoffs and some expensive equipment would be taken from one facility and given to the other.
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The Ministry Group responded saying right now they're only writing the blueprints, and when the time arrives to write the curriculum, they'll invite arts industry experts for discussions.
  
 
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The merger will proceed. Today the director of Norq Mher Davidyants resigned. Initially, he accepted the Deputy's position in the new facility but later changed his mind.
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Anahit Bakhshyan says the Pedagogical University lacks the tools to produce qualified experts who can teach arts to students. She wants the govt to require the University to go through re-training.
  
The HIV center's director is also gone.
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Ministry Group says the way the classes will work doesn't require the teacher to be a world-class expert. The teacher's main role is organizational, with much of art exploration being done by students themselves.
  
The director of the now-merged facility will be appointed soon.
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https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/fcjd19/mar22020_news_collection_from_armenia_major_busts/
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"Karin" traditional dance group leader agreed with the Ministry to create a Masters's Degree course for folklore music and dance.
 
 
==Veteran militaryman retires==
 
 
 
Artsakh army's Information & Public Relations chief Senor Hasratyan is leaving the army after 25 years of service. "I'm proud to have served in the victorious army."
 
 
 
Hasratyan is known for producing TV shows about weapons and the Artsakh war.
 
 
 
https://factor.am/274843.html
 
 
 
==Los Vegos==
 
 
 
Singer Arman Hovhannisyan will have a shiny star on Las Vegas Walk of Star (similar to Los Angeles thing).
 
 
 
He thanked the fans. The opening ceremony is on Sep 21.
 
 
 
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1024305.html
 
 
 
==Fewer car incidents in 1H==
 
 
 
-17% fewer car incidents across Armenia this year.
 
 
 
1,720 incidents. 122 deaths. 2,540 wounded.
 
 
 
However, the incidents are +7% for June YoY.
 
 
 
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1024382.html
 
 
 
==Forbes: Armenia has high female participation in tech==
 
 
 
"It's the world's next tech hub. Double-digit growth. 20,000 workers with 30% being women."
 
 
 
Armenia leads the "Technology and Innovation for Gender Equality".
 
 
 
Some of the biggest tech firms have 30-70% female employees.
 
 
 
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackieabramian/2020/08/06/armenias-women-tech-trailblazers-are-forging-new-horizons/
 
 
 
AM: http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/283826/
 
 
 
==Prosecutors want to reform domestic abuse investigations==
 
 
 
Beginning Jan/1/2018 prosecutors were allowed to charge a domestic abuser even if the victim didn't press charges.
 
 
 
Recently the prosecutors audited the statistics, examined the ECHR precedence, and asked the Parliament to amend the law to give prosecutors broader rights.
 
  
 
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Right now, prosecutors can press charges without the victim's help only if the victim is "defenseless or is depended on abuser".
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Not all classes will be mandatory in schools. Schools will be required to dedicate a certain % of the time to Arts & Crafts. Students and schools will have the flexibility to tweak the specifics to avoid overloading and repetition.
 
 
Prosecutors want to add "if there is a threat to the victim's health or life" clause.
 
  
 
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They also want to remove the requirement for the victim to physically appear at a police station with the purpose of "proving" that they are defenseless or dependent on the abuser.
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Pedagogical University is unhappy that they aren't the ones writing the rules this time around. Ministry Group leader says the University has fallen behind and needs to keep up.
 
 
https://factor.am/274972.html
 
 
 
==ooof can you smell that մազութ?==
 
 
 
A 10km section of Tigranashen-Zangakatun road is being renovated, for the first time in 20 years, with a 10cm thicc double-layer asphalt *(would you like some fries with your order?). It'll have a water removal network and shoulders. Costs $2M.
 
 
 
https://factor.am/274861.html
 
 
 
==The rumors are true==
 
 
 
Grandmaster Levon Aronyan has a new girlfriend. "Ani has made me want to live again."
 
 
 
The chess player lost his wife and partner of 13 years to a car incident earlier this year.
 
 
 
https://factor.am/274846.html
 
 
 
==Bridgy McBridgeface 🤔==
 
  
An interesting looking metal bridge on Arapi river is given the status of a "newly discovered monument of a local significance".
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More: https://factor.am/275075.html
  
Your Highness Bridgy.
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==Armenian tech startup gets $3M funding==
  
Honorary McBridgeface.
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Superannotate is an annotation app that uses AI to mess around with imagery. It can be used by self-driving cars, doctors to find diseases, etc.
  
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The team decided to establish the company in Armenia in August 2018 "because of the revolution".
  
It's located between Gyumri and Arapi, on the river Akhuryan. It was built in 1877 by Russian tsar's soldiers, who used it to advance the army to capture Kars.
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Video: https://www.facebook.com/tigran.avinyan/videos/317219499470946/
  
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1024408.html
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http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/283832/
  
 
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You've read 1877 words.
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You've read 1436 words.
  
 
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Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/i5kfiz/aug72020_news_russia_extradites_exmp_murder/
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Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/i6p7mg/aug92020_news_secret_license_karabakh_telecom/
  
 
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Daily news and anti-corruption report

Aug/9/2020 news: / Secret license - Karabakh Telecom / World's most efficient thermal plant / Arrests / Ex-police chief in trouble. Threats / Neighborhood news / Beirut aid. Eye-witness report. Repatriates & Arabs / Earthquake-proof schools / Education reforms - Arts & Crafts / Armenian churches / +
by ar_david_hh


HahHhHhHahaha you really thought you could get away from me because it's Sunday?

World's most efficient thermal power plant in Yerevan

In 2019 the Italian Renko company began constructing a new thermal electricity plant in Yerevan. $2.8M tax waiver is given to proceed.

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Renko says: // This is our largest investment in Armenia. We partnered with Siemens. $130M out of $270M investments are done already.

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The new plant will have 254MW capacity and it'll be the most efficient in the word at 54%. That means the produced electricity will be cheaper. It's also eco-friendly.

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500 people are currently working, with 95% being locals. 100 permanent jobs.

COVID will delay the completion date but we hope to finish it in 2021. \\

https://youtu.be/bqzhYwk7XSI

ex-mayor doesn't have to be arrested pre-trial

The judge ruled that a pre-trial arrest isn't necessary for Yerevan's ex-mayor Robert Nazaryan, who is accused of rewriting laws to illegally help Mishik's Dzoraget hydro power plant which subsequently overcharged $14.7M for electricity.

The court approved the arrest of another suspect Mushegh Koshetsyan.

https://factor.am/275188.html , https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/i4z9oq/aug62020_news_drugs_over_mail_ok_armenia_will/? , https://www.azatutyun.am/a/30772927.html

ex-police chief Gasparyan clashes with journalists / Lawyer makes threats

Pashinyan administration created a database of illegal structures built on Lake Sevan shores during former regimes. They're subject for removal so the lake levels can rise.

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Azatutyun went near the shores to document the illegal buildings when the embattled former police chief Vladimir Gasparyan allegedly used his car to threaten to run over the journalists and to shoot them. "He didn't want his house to be filmed and wanted to erase the tapes."

Azatutyun president Daisy Sinderlar condemned the "attack". They called the police.

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Roboserj lawyer Tigran Atanesyan received insider information that the police are preparing to arrest Vladimir Gasparyan.

Atanesyan said: // the so-called Velvet Government decided to arrest Vladimir for a stupid reason. It's expected that gays don't like normal people. We're getting info as it unfolds.

Gasparyan's efforts to create independent Armenia are invaluable. He is one of the founders of the 3rd republic. Try and go further. It'll be your end and the revival of our state. \\

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https://youtu.be/oLVN88IkIYk , https://www.azatutyun.am/a/30774111.html , https://www.azatutyun.am/a/30773276.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1024484.html

Neighborhood / Turkish-Azeri military training...

... began after Tavush battles. They're conducting it near the Armenian border.

Azeri media reports that one Azeri soldier was accidentally killed by Turkish fire during the exercises. The govt reported the death as "suicide".

The Azeri media reports about disagreements between AZ and TR armies and a lack of proper coordination.

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In other news, a report says Azeri govt began secretly delivering Israeli rockets to Turkey for the purpose of disassembly and engineering intel gathering. Some Azeri officials are concerned that Israel might not be happy with this.

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And it more other news, Aliyev regime will begin to privatize the State Oil Company SOCAR and other "socialist structures".

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SOCAR: https://eurasianet.org/azerbaijani-president-slams-state-oil-company-announces-privatization

https://freeazerbaijan.info/2020/08/08/боевая-потеря-в-ходе-военных-учений/

https://factor.am/275137.html

https://www.lragir.am/2020/08/08/570256/

COVID stats

+225 infected. +125 healed. +6 deaths. 6,871 active. 176,014 tested.

Businesses in Yerevan generally follow the safety rules better than those in provinces, found the inspectors.

https://factor.am/275191.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1024470.html

update: Beirut Aid

Armenian humanitarian aid has reached Lebanon. Two more jets will fly next week. https://factor.am/275173.html

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A routine anti-govt riot took place in Lebanon. Several govt buildings were occupied. There were deaths and injuries among protesters. The Nature Minister resigned. https://factor.am/275199.html

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Ejmiatsin cathedral and Catholicos Garegin B held a prayer for Beirut. https://factor.am/275209.html Beirut explosion story

Vanay Dzayn reporter Nzhdeh: I heard the first blast and opened the window to find out what's happening. My parents, having lived in Lebanon and being used to war, immediately told me to stay away from windows.

That's when the second blast happened. A massive earthquake. We thought the building was crumbling and started to escape. Everyone was disoriented and bloodied on the streets. There were rumors of a military strike.

Full: https://youtu.be/XGmx2D3lLbw

Armenians in Beirut

Armenian embassy registered 40 ethnic Armenians who want to move to Armenia. Some of them want to sell their houses first. Others are ready to move right now but don't have money; they'll be offered a free flight with a humanitarian plane.

The Diaspora Committee chief Sinanyan will meet them to discuss scenarios.

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Sinanyan: we've been working with Parliament to streamline the passport obtaining process. It should take 2-4 weeks instead of 6 months. Women shouldn't face difficulties if they changed their last name after marriage. Arabs in Beirut

Reporter to Sinanyan: yesterday you said Armenia should also welcome Lebanese Arabs to Armenia. Some people didn't agree, saying we should help Armenians instead, even though Arabs welcomed Armenians in Lebanon a century ago.

Sinanyan: the idea to also invite Christian Arabs to Armenia was voiced by ARF party official based in Lebanon, and I agree with it. Most of the critics were politically motivated.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1024475.html , https://youtu.be/1LmFNsqjnH8

Arno

A large ship in Vladivostok, Russia is named after legendary composer Arno Babajanyan.

https://factor.am/275246.html

Earthquake-proof schools across Armenia

52 modular schools will be built across Armenia by 2022. The $4M construction project begins in September.

Modular design allows them to make the buildings earthquake-proof for a low price. It suits better for small settlements.

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Ejmiatsin's #5 school is being rebuilt with seismic protections and labs.

Deghdzut's school is being renovated for the first time since 1968.

https://youtu.be/mh49TdSXqIk

Karabakh Telecom monopoly in Artsakh / Secret agreement

Karabakh Telecom (KT) is the only operator in Artsakh, so they charge astronomical numbers. KT and Artsakh govt had signed a 30-year-long secret agreement in 2001. The details and pricing methodology were classified.

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Last year the Armenian govt managed to agree to reduce the roaming fees by up to 75%, but critics say its service is still too expensive.

Armenia-based BeeLine charges $4 for 5GB LTE, 200 minutes, 200 SMS.

KT charges 8x for the same service.

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Informed Citizen NGO after examining: don't blame KT. They are a business so they want to make money. The problem is with the govt. Everything was/is classified. To make it worse, the law says that if the telecom regulations and the business license have conflicts, the business license wins. So, this secret license is above the law.

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Artsakh's regulator: the law allows businesses to ask the regulator to keep the agreement details secret if it contains trade secrets. The fees are justified.

Informed Citizen NGO responds: that's absurd... And Artsakh Constitution says the only thing above Artsakh law is the international law.

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Artsakh journalists have made unsuccessful attempts to get the agreement details. Artsakh govt says the agreement expires in 2031 and there is no requirement to renew it. "There won't be barriers for competitors after 2031."

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https://www.civilnet.am/news/2020/08/08/Ղարաբաղ-Տելեկոմ․-ինչու-են-գաղտնի-պահվում-պայմանագիրը-և-լիցենզիան/392301

https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/co85gq/anticorruption_news_from_armenia_aug92019/

Russian documentary about Armenian churches

By Stas Namin (aka Anastas Mikoyan).

https://youtu.be/dTn-hoRR2to

Education reforms / Arts & Crafts

Changes will be made to Art & Crafts classes. A Ministry-formed Group tasked with drawing the blueprint.

Music, Fine Arts: 1-12 classes

Dance, Theater: 7-12 classes

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Artists are happy about putting more emphasis on these subjects, but they want the Ministry's Group, which writes the rules, to have more members from the actual arts industry to ensure their voices are heard.

The Ministry Group responded saying right now they're only writing the blueprints, and when the time arrives to write the curriculum, they'll invite arts industry experts for discussions.

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Anahit Bakhshyan says the Pedagogical University lacks the tools to produce qualified experts who can teach arts to students. She wants the govt to require the University to go through re-training.

Ministry Group says the way the classes will work doesn't require the teacher to be a world-class expert. The teacher's main role is organizational, with much of art exploration being done by students themselves.

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"Karin" traditional dance group leader agreed with the Ministry to create a Masters's Degree course for folklore music and dance.

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Not all classes will be mandatory in schools. Schools will be required to dedicate a certain % of the time to Arts & Crafts. Students and schools will have the flexibility to tweak the specifics to avoid overloading and repetition.

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Pedagogical University is unhappy that they aren't the ones writing the rules this time around. Ministry Group leader says the University has fallen behind and needs to keep up.

More: https://factor.am/275075.html

Armenian tech startup gets $3M funding

Superannotate is an annotation app that uses AI to mess around with imagery. It can be used by self-driving cars, doctors to find diseases, etc.

The team decided to establish the company in Armenia in August 2018 "because of the revolution".

Video: https://www.facebook.com/tigran.avinyan/videos/317219499470946/

http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/283832/

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Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/i6p7mg/aug92020_news_secret_license_karabakh_telecom/

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