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Daily news and anti-corruption report

Jul/19/2020 news: / Tavush Battles / How Armenia developed its drone industry / Aliyev becomes a Karen / Apricot War is settled / Politicians from US, UK, and EU respond / International media covers nuclear threat / Voter bribery busted / Airlines suspended / Armenia celebrates Vardavar / + more
by ar_david_hh


Tavush Battles / How did it start?

Context: July 12.... July 13…. July 14.... July 15.... July 16…. July 17…. July 18….

Armenia has been developing its suicide-surveillance drone industry

July's Tavush Battles are the first time when Armenian drones were used in combat. It is believed that Azeri general and colonel were killed with one of these drones.

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Military expert Artsrun H.: not all countries can produce quality drones, especially striker ones. Our drones proved to be effective. They're equipped with surveillance tech.

"Only the fraction of what we have was used during the battles," said High Tech Minister.

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the origins

The First-ever attempt was made in 2006, later picked up by engineers at Marshal Khanperyants military university. When Azeris used drones during 2016 April battles, it became evident Armenia needs them.

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market for drones

Today Armenia has private companies that produce drones. Davaro is one of them. "Our cooperation with the govt is working. A year from now we'll see better results," said its CEO.

"Drones have replaced infantry. They're as good as the ones used by Azeris. Our product is priced competitively. We'll have the ability to export, especially since they've proven to be effective in the battlefield."

-- the models used by military

Military has Armenian "Krunk" drones that were first displayed in 2011.

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Another one is a locally-developed small X-55 drone. It flies 6 hours, 130km/h speed, 2km altitude for surveillance, 100km for remote control, 600km pre-planned flight. It repels radio interference and has GPS.

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"Hresh" (monster) is a suicide drone. They strike hidden objects within 20km.

Original report: https://youtu.be/8IllGikW97I

May I speak with the manager, please?

Azerbaijan invited Israeli experts to explain how Armenians could shoot down [14] Israeli-made drones.

While Azeris used $4mln Harop and Orbiter 1k suicide drones in 2016, this time around they were using more expensive models like Herpes 900 worth $30mln, and SkyStriker.

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Armenia is the only country that is successfully downing Israeli-made drones. The Israeli experts are currently training Azeris on how to better use these drones, says reporter Lapshin.

https://www.azatutyun.am/a/30736000.html

Apricot discrimination story ignites a widespread Armenian campaign / Resolved

Context: The Azerbaijani owner of Moscow's giant Food City market discriminated against Armenian farmers and removed their products, and even kicked out Armenian embassy workers who went there.

Russian-Armenian residents and businessmen responded by purchasing as many apricots as possible, and by giving Armenian farmers a new space for sales.

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Today the Armenian embassy in Moscow organized an apricot giveaway festival for the general public in front of a church. https://youtu.be/LuNmmLVBpvc?t=74

Famous Russian sabre fencer joined the effort (or maybe she is stealing boxes 🤔): https://youtu.be/Ut_gwPnaG4k

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Meanwhile, angry customers bombarded Food City's Facebook store with negative reviews. It plummeted to 1.9 stars. People complained about being unable to find Armenian apricots there.

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Food City backtracked and allowed Armenian farmers to return after Moscow's Trade & Services Department contacted the market. Several Armenian trucks successfully entered unobstructed.

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Giveaway, https://armtimes.com/hy/article/193008 , ratings olunge, https://armtimes.com/hy/article/193012 , Food City backtracks https://armtimes.com/hy/article/193018 , Moscow department https://www.azatutyun.am/a/30735837.html

Nuclear fallout reaches the international media

DailyMail: Azerbaijan threatens to cause a 'nuclear catastrophe' by attacking power station in Armenia amid deadly border clashes

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8534029/Azerbaijan-threatens-cause-nuclear-catastrophe-attacking-power-station-Armenia.html

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Newsweek: Azerbaijan Threatens Missile Strike on Armenian Nuclear Power Plant

https://www.newsweek.com/kim-kardashain-west-armenia-azerbaijan-nuclear-1518583

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RFERL: Idle Threat? Azerbaijan's Hint At Missile Strike On Armenian Nuclear Plant Increases Tensions

https://www.rferl.org/a/idle-threat-azerbaijani-hint-at-missile-strike-on-armenian-nuclear-plant-increases-tensions/30733672.html

Foreign affairs & Diplomacy / USA / UK / EU / Protests

British Baroness Caroline Cox sent a letter to UK's Foreign Minister: I am writing to express my deep concern. In recent days, Azerbaijan has deployed artillery near the civilian population of Tavush. On July 14, four Armenian sergeants were killed.

They also attacked a kindergarten and a factory that produces COVID protection gear.

The Azeri MoD called for the mass extermination of the Armenian population and threatened to target the Armenian nuclear power plant.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022322.html

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Vice-President of the European Parliament Fabio Castaldo: No ceasefire violation should be tolerated anymore: we need a serious commitment from Azerbaijan to engage with OSCE. New generations should not grow up with the culture of hate.

https://twitter.com/FMCastaldo/status/1284549143357280257?s=19

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U.S. Senators Menendez and Booker directly condemned Azerbaijan's and Turkey's aggression and called for White House to suspend the $120mln military aid to Azerbaijan's regime for its disregard for OSCE's peace efforts.

http://asbarez.com/195441/menendez-booker-call-for-ending-u-s-military-aid-to-azerbaijan/

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Armenian MFA: we want OSCE to resume the routine visits that are currently paused, and to expand its border peace monitoring mission.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022311.html

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During the Sunday prayer event, Pope Francis said he is concerned about the clashes. He hopes the world will help to mediate lengthy peace.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/193020

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Armenians gathered in Netherlands capital Amsterdam after holding a protest in another city yesterday. This time they began informing the general public about Aliyev's aggression by distributing leaflets. Someone from inside the Azeri embassy area threw a rock at a protesting Armenian girl, causing an injury.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022335.html

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The Armenian community of Los Angeles will hold a protest in front of Azeri embassy at 10am on Monday.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022319.html

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Armenians in Paris held a protest in front of Azeri embassy. Photo/Video: https://hetq.am/hy/article/119607

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A new round of repressions in Azerbaijan. Aliyev regime has arrested several opposition figures after dubbing them as "worse than Armenians".

One of the arrested is a political activist who participated in the July 14th Baku protests during which the crowd broke into Parliament building.

https://oc-media.org/azerbaijani-opposition-hit-with-new-arrests-following-aliyev-speech/

July 19th was calm

Army: they shot 70 times from rifles. It's relatively calm. https://armtimes.com/hy/article/193002

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Education Ministry will build more bomb shelters in bordering villages and schools. https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=emb_title&time_continue=77&v=7tpi2488KDU

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Choratan villagers are repairing the damaged water network. https://youtu.be/_KH59aBOfhs?t=106

COVID stats

+415 infected. +171 healed. +14 deaths.

146,717 tested. 10,737 active.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/193004

Voter bribery investigation against HHK

Authorities earlier busted BHK party with alleged voter buying in 2017 elections. There is also a similar case against HHK. The case has reached the court.

The defendant, who was Nor Norq district leader's secretary, allegedly bribed voters to vote for the HHK's MP candidate. Voters were promised to be added to the social aid recipient list.

A senior citizen contacted the city for help to get an eye surgery worth $160. The defendant instructed her and her family to vote for HHK MP Ghukas Ulikhanyan, says the report.

https://www.azatutyun.am/a/30727323.html

Civil Aviation suspends Mars Avia airlines

Cargo airlines Mars Avia has been in trouble since 2019 due to safety issues, which also affected Civil Aviation's credibility. Last year their plane landed in Africa without wheels. No one was injured.

Civil Aviation began auditing and found that Mars Avia operates almost exclusively in African countries with loose safety requirements. Their license in Armenia has been suspended.

Elon Musk has left the server. https://hetq.am/hy/article/119593

Armenia celebrates everyone's favorite Vardavar holiday

Vardavar has pre and post-Christian roots in Armenia.

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The Church tells the story: // Jesus and 3 of his buddies climbed the mount Tabor to pray. During the prayer, Jesus becomes illuminated in front of them.

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He starts speaking with Moses, who died 1000 years earlier, and prophet Elijah. They chitchat about the recent events in Jerusalem. Then a cloud illuminates and a heavenly voice gives approval saying "that's my boy right there, I approve of him". Jesus instructs his friends to keep it secret until his death.

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The holiday is celebrated by watering each other

and releasing doves in the air, which signifies the biblical flood, the saving of Noah's family, and his dove. \\

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Before Christianity, it was dedicated to Armenian goddess Astghik. People would splash water at each other. The name Vardavar possibly comes from Indo-European varr=water and arr=splash/inject.

The Church says Vardavar comes from word "vard" (rose).

Before Christianity, people would also organize rituals to ask gods for more rain to help with agriculture.

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This year the unholy Emergency Taskforce prohibited large Vardavar gatherings due to COVID. "Please don't celebrate it the same way as you usually do. Respect social distancing."

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/193005 , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022318.html , https://youtu.be/epwU6WYC2fE

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You've read 1333 words.


Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/hu7vjj/jul192020_news_tavush_battles_how_armenia/

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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