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Daily news and anti-corruption report

Jul/20/2020 news: / Tavush Battles / Frontline footage / Armenia hails victory / Donations / Aliyev is looking for scapegoats / Foreign affairs & Media / Apricot War / Brain inflow / Anti-corruption bust / Taxes & Alcohol vs COVID / Judge arrested / New 17-story building / Zipline ready / + 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…. July 19….

July 20 was also calm / Army assesses its job / The end?

Army: Azeris fired 139 shots today. They also used AGS-17 grenade launcher which was suppressed by our fire. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193033

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Army: our soldiers achieved a brilliant victory in these battles thanks to military reforms and unity. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193049

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Army uploaded photos of another downed Azeri drone worth millions of dollars (not the Hermes 900): https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193040

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Another downed Azeri drone. https://www.panorama.am/en/news/2020/07/20/Azerbaijani-drone/2330865

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Soldiers in Tavush, who were scheduled to be discharged, have asked the army to stay longer. The army rejected the plea. Video: https://youtu.be/UTfWJd0cr-Q

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193041 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193042 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193105

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"Did someone really think they could defeat these soldiers, this generation and this nation?", began shittalking Pashinyan on Facebook. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193093

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Frontline soldiers uploaded a video urging public not to worry about them and that "we stand strong like our mountains". Video: https://www.facebook.com/100000768523525/videos/3176246112410975/

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193057

Soldiers & army receive donations / Lots of tires collected

Pashinyan: many people ask how they can help the army. The Soldiers' Insurance Fund accepts donations. Instead of buying gifts, send them the money. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193059

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Pashinyan: the Fund began receiving hundreds of donations - once every 3 minutes. Thanks! https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193074

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Hours later, 13mln were transferred from 20 countries, mostly through PayPal. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193076

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20,000 tires were collected in the past few days by residents as a donation for army. Tires are used as anti-bullet barricades.

Video of many-many tires: https://youtu.be/McAAeRSjPmQ

Looking for scapegoats

Azeri media wrote that Serbia allegedly sold many grenade launcher to Armenia, right before the July 12th clashes, which were transported through Georgian territory. The outlet complained about how Azerbaijan [bribed] these countries for years, and that all they got in return was a slap in the face.

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Azeri MFA summoned the Serbian ambassador to express dissatisfaction.

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Georgian MFA denied the Azeri report, calling it "one-sided" and "misinformation".

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https://factor.am/270577.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022461.html

Foreign media / Exclusive border footage by Russian journo

Russian WarGonzo military journalist made a documentary about how Tavush's textile factory, which produced COVID masks, was attacked by Azerbaijan.

"While it seems that the whole world should unite and fight against COVID, Azerbaijan attacks humanitarian facilities for unclear reasons," said Pegov.

He also spoke/showed about how Azeris bombed a French factory with Howitzer.

His report: https://youtu.be/sqXo3AmRTE4

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022377.html

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The same WarGonzo journalist managed to get very close to the legendary "Anvakh" Armenian outpost that 100 Azeris failed to invade. He recorded the AM and AZ positions.

He also showed the area where Azeris placed artillery inside Agdam village to later claim that Armenians were targeting the Azeri civilians.

https://youtu.be/hSmMLXB9DVo

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Saudi Arabian outlet Sabq criticized Turkish president for stirring things up between AM and AZ. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022443.html

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Financial Times wrote about Pashinyan's wife's campaign for peace, the public tension and calls for war in AZ, the challenged faced by Ilham Aliyev. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022441.html

Diplomacy & protests

Armenia MFA: Azerbaijan's 2016 aggression harmed the peace process. It wasn't fully recovered when they launched the Tavush aggression. Now we're back to 2016 levels. Azeri citizens should force Aliyev to prepare for peace. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193063 , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022416.html

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CSTO military bloc, which Armenia is a member of (sort of), posted an article in which a Russian-Armenian reporter Margarita Simonyan "reminds" that Armenia still hasn't accepted Crimea as part of Russia.

The CSTO quickly removed the article, said it was an error, and clarified that the article is against CSTO's official stance. https://factor.am/270613.html

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Spanish MP Marta Rosique: I express my support for Artsakh colleagues. The world must defend human rights and respond to Azerbaijan's aggression. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022417.html

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Protests in Washington. Armenian, Azeris and Turks gathered in front of Azeri embassy for protests and counter-protests. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193028

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Armenians are protesting in Strasbourg. Videos/Photos: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022452.html

Apricot War's consequences

re: Azeri businessman discriminated Armenian farmers in Moscow's Food City market. It was apparently resolved.

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Today Armenian consumer protection agency contacted Russian and EAEU trade bloc colleagues to address the discrimination, which is explicitly banned by EAEU trade bloc, and to make sure it's prevented in the future. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193085

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Deputy PM Grigoryan spoke with EAEU colleagues about Food City's discrimination. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193100 Brain inflow / The diaspora-govt job recruitment

Last year the govt launched "iGorts" program to find highly skilled Armenians around the world to help make Armenia great again.

800 applied. 100 have qualified and will visit Armenia in September to work at 20 Ministries and govt agencies.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193035

Top-1000 largest taxpayers of Armenia...

...paid 72% of all taxes.

They paid -3.6% YoY during the first half, possibly due to pandemic.

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5) CPS Oil +0%

4) GeoProMining +40%

3) Zangezur copper factory -26%

2) Gazprom-Armenia +14%

1) Grand Tobacco -6.6%

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193066

First results of anti-corruption institutional reforms

Besides the general fight against corruption that began post-2018 revolution, institutional reforms were made. New tools were created to vet public officials.

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Simultaneously, an asset forfeiture law was passed to require former/future public officials to prove they got their property legally, under certain circumstances.

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This new asset forfeiture agency needs new prosecutors, so people applied to work there.

These applicants went through the brand new vetting process. One of them has been caught with alleged fraud/forgery. The case is sent to court.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193099

update: the judge is arrested

Earlier the Supreme Court authorized cops to arrest 2 bankruptcy court judges. The first judge Narinyan has been arrested. He's accused of illegal enrichment and money launchering. Two days ago he tried to commit suicide.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193044 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193069

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The second judge Kubanyan's office was raided a bankruptcy related documents were confiscated. He's accused of "abuse of power with serious consequences". The Lower Court didn't find it necessary to arrest him pre-trial.

Both deny wrongdoing. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193088 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193092

Alcohol production down due to COVID in 2020H1

Spirits production -29%, cognac production -15%, wine production -28%, beer production -14%. Wine sales -50%.

Expert believe this will result in sharp reduction of grape prices. The main trade season begins in August.

https://factor.am/270596.html

New multi-complex building project in Yerevan

A U.S. company and its Armenian colleagues agreed to invest $21mln on a new 17-story building that'll have 200 underground parking spots, residential apartments, business offices, a shopping center, energy efficient design, etc.

Yerevan municipality will discuss it. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022415.html

Infrastructure upgrades & cleanup

A road near Georgian border is being renovated.

Nor Yerznka settlement will have a new park, playground, and 2 of its streets repaired. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193106

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Yerevan went on budka-removal spree again. Circular Park and some districts were cleared of several illegal structures. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193108

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Yerevan ramped up the fight against open-air food trade on sidewalks. The city says there are 1350 free spots in properly regulated markets. https://youtu.be/009tI5Fq6I8

Armenia's longest aerial zipline…

… is open for public in Kapan. It's 1.8km with 120kmh top speed. You fly over the city for $20.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022346.html

Henrikh Mkhitaryan shines again

Roman legionnaire Heno scored a goal against Inter in the Italian soccer league. He was declared the best player.

The game ended a tie. "It's a shame we didn't win," said the midfielder. He dedicated the goal to Armenia.

Video highlights: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022341.html

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193054 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193096 , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022465.html

the return of the legendary sea lion

Loo00OOOO000000ooo0ooOoong time ago, in the 1950s, when your granpa was throwing his slipper at the TV to change the channel, legendary architect Yervand Kochar installed a cute seal lion fountain in Yerevan Zoo. Then for "reasons", the fountain streams were removed and it was ugly-fied.

It has returned in full glory.

Video of before & after: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1212807912401535

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193037

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Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/hur62r/jul202020_news_tavush_battles_frontline_footage/

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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