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Daily news and anti-corruption report

Jul/24/2020 news summary: / Tavush Battles / Moscow attacks / Border reservoir cooperation / Diplomacy / More babies born in Artsakh / COVID is retreating - a map / Busted: city official and cop / Keg explosion / Free apartments / Constitution / Economy & exports / Ugly billboards gone / Fav. books
by ar_david_hh


Tavush Battles / Full story with maps & videos

July 12.... July 13…. July 14.... July 15.... July 16…. July 17…. July 18…. July 19…. July 20…. July 21... Jul 22.... Jul 23....

Tavush battles / July 24th was another calm day

The skirmishes have stopped. The army recorded only 28 rifle shots. https://factor.am/271497.html

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The army released a photo of the downed Israeli-made Azeri SkyStriker drone "so that some in Baku and elsewhere do not doubt our words." https://factor.am/271506.html

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The moment when the army detonates an unexplored 122mm Howitzer shell in Chinari village: https://youtu.be/mJvdqyLoD5s?t=6

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V. Putin: the AM-AZ border conflict is a very sensitive topic for us. We will discuss it during the Security Council meeting. https://factor.am/271693.html

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NSS warns Armenians not to give away sensitive internal military info over the phone after discovering that Azeri agents used Armenian phone numbers during a social engineering campaign. https://factor.am/271531.html

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Parliamentary official: countries that sell weapons to AZ should have contracts that explicitly prohibit their use against civilians. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022979.html

Response from around the world continues

ex-European Parliament MP Frank Engel: Azerbaijan brainwashed their children with Armenophobia for decades and called for war. Sooner or later Aliyev will become a victim of his rhetoric.

Azeri public asks, "if the reason for our poverty is Karabakh conflict, then why hasn't it been solved yet". That's why they want bigger wars, but Aliyev doesn't what that because that would end his regime.

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Aliyev doesn't want to risk and have as many deaths as in 2016. The public was angry that so many had died for nothing.

Since the international community doesn't directly condemn AZ, Aliyev continues to sacrifice his civilians to then blame it on "Armenian aggression". https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022978.html

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ex-Defense Minister of Lebanon Yakub Saraf condemned Azerbaijan's aggression and the threats against Metsamor nuclear plant. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022926.html

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Spanish MP Joan Baldovi expressed solidarity with Armenian people and said peace is the only option. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022938.html

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Miss Universe 2019 participants have a message for you: https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193405

Armenian civilians under attack in Russia and Ukraine

Context: Azerbaijan failed to capture Armenian territories and lost at least one of its positions in Tavush. This resulted in anger and violent rhetoric by Azeri president Aliyev.

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Last night a group of Azeri civilians attacked Armenians in Moscow. An Armenian man was attacked after being dragged out of his car with Armenian license plates. The police later arrested the suspects.

https://factor.am/271510.html , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193407 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193423

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LHK leader Edmon called it unacceptable and urged Armenians to avoid responding to provocations. https://factor.am/271622.html

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AM embassy in RU: AZ is trying to move the Tavush conflict into the Russian territory. It began with the discrimination of AM farmers in AZ-owned markets.

Last night's attacks have signs of premeditation. They want to set a precedence of ethnic conflicts in Russia. We expect swift action by RU authorities. https://factor.am/271628.html

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Armenian MFA: evidence shows that last night's attacks in Moscow were coordinated by AZ govt. Various attacks happened in multiple countries against people and properties. Racist policies were implemented to block Armenian farmers.

AZ officials were involved with some of these actions. This is proof that AZ govt is coordinating it. We urge AM civilians to be vigilant and avoid conflicts. https://factor.am/271641.html

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AM Human Rights Ombudsman: the attack was on ethnic grounds. This is proven by videos. International organizations should be made aware. I sent them letters. https://factor.am/271644.html

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AM community in RU: 50 Azeris were arrested. They mistook 1 Azeri for Armenian and beat him up, too. They'll be charged with hooliganism and inciting ethnic conflict. Ilham Aliyev and ambassador ByulByulOglu want to turn Moscow into another Sumgayit. https://factor.am/271647.html

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AM embassy in RU: the attackers planned it ahead of time. Armed groups in south-eastern Moscow chased Armenian vehicles to attack passengers. No deaths, but a few were hospitalized.

https://factor.am/271650.html , https://govoritmoskva.ru/news/240992/

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Moscow police received a call at 22:29. Witnesses reported gunshots. The police arrested 6 Azeris and 7 Armenians who were fighting. 25 people were arrested elsewhere after hooliganism and a restaurant robbery. https://factor.am/271699.html

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The attacks resumed on July 24th. A group of Azeri hooligans got out of 10 vehicles and began attacking the "Armenian House" store in Moscow. The owner sustained injuries: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2637641873156042 ,https://factor.am/271731.html

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The conflict apparently angered some Russians. A Russian man was seen punching an Azeri salesman for placing a sign that banned Armenian customers. He was forced to remove it.

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The arrest of several hooligans was filmed on video: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1273216496351033

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250 Armenian Moscovites gathered in front of the church to pray and shout "Armenia". https://youtu.be/nruWptJzQMY

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RU Human Rights Ombudsman said she's concerned and will help to reduce the tension between AZ and AM in RU. The Russian church leader began praying. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022995.html , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193440

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There was an attempted arson against cafes owned by Armenians in Ukraine. Certain parts of 2 cafes were affected. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022972.html

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The Azeri flag was drawn on Krouzian-Zekarian Armenian School in San Francisco, U.S. http://asbarez.com/195634/san-franciscos-krouzain-zakarian-school-armenian-center-vandalized/

Tags: #Armenophobia #MoscowAttacks #ArmenianAttack #AzeriAttack

Water reservoir cooperation is seen as a way to mediate peace

International bodies are urging AM and AZ to work together to fix 3 water pumps on a bordering reservoir in Tavush called Joghaz. It used to serve 30 villages during USSR, but now mostly to soldiers and a few houses.

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Ahmed from Azeri Agdam village: If someone starts bringing water from the other side, the message will be clear: we are not going to fight you anymore.

https://www.civilnet.am/news/2020/07/24/Սկսել-համագործակցությունը-Ջողասի-ջրամբարի-շուրջ-Հայաստանին-ու-Ադրբեջանին-հորդորում-է-Միջազգային-ճգնաժամային-խումբը/391171

U.S. House approves the Artsakh de-mining aid

If approved by Senate and signed by Trump, Rep. Jackie Speier's bill will provide $1.4M to HALO Trust humanitarian organization to remove landmines in Artsakh. Azerbaijan's bill to ban this humanitarian aid has failed.

A political analyst says the chances of a final approval are high. ANCA is working with Senate. No other foreign aid amendment had as many co-sponsors as this one.

https://factor.am/271526.html , https://factor.am/271542.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022898.html

Caviar diplomacy / About the pro-Azeri bill in House

U.S. House had a bill targeted towards Russia's military actions against neighbors. It's about internally displaced refugees in Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia.

The report says Azeri govt paid $120,000 to have Azerbaijan included on the list.

It doesn't name Armenia as a target, but it draws parallels between the conflicts in Azerbaijan and Ukraine, which Armenia argues are different in nature. Armenian lobby is working with Senate to amend it.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193396

COVID stats / A glimmer of hope / Pashinyan's briefing

+1,935 tested (153,814). +451 infected (36,613). +490 healed. +5 deaths.

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Pashinyan: the active cases are below 10,000 for the first time since mid-June. Data shows we're not only defeating COVID but we'll have better protection against Autumn's 2nd wave.

The situation is improving thanks to wearing masks. This should encourage us to follow these safety measures.

Let's not give in to anti-mask rumors. Let's tolerate the inconveniences for a bit longer so we can exit out of this completely.

https://factor.am/271514.html , https://youtu.be/AICpNxL5bas , https://factor.am/271547.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022914.html

Interactive COVID map to see if your neighborhood is affected

The map below allows you to see with a 100m precision if someone was infected in a specific area. Healthcare Ministry earlier said that backyard social events between neighbors were the #1 transmission cause. The tool can help people to weigh the risks.

The map shows the age, gender, date of infection, and approximate location.

https://covid19-map.armed.am/

Yerevan official arrested / Land embezzlement

The SIS report says: in 2015, the Yerevan municipality official tasked with land auctions decided to collude with ex-HHK MP and Soccer Federation chief Nemets Rubo to steal lands.

Documents were forged and expensive lands were "auctioned" to Nemets Rubo for below-market values, causing $1.3M in damages.

Here is another report detailing Rubo's alleged crimes.

https://factor.am/271709.html

A policeman is charged with 18 felony counts

He's accused of taking bribes from 8 people to help them pass the exam for driver's license and to ignore their errors during the behind-the-wheel test.

https://factor.am/271759.html

Investigations around BHK

BHK MP Sergey Bagratyan quit the party yesterday. Today he was questioned as a witness as part of an unknown felony investigation.

(Possibly related: his ex-boss BHK leader Gagik Tsarukyan is going through election bribery and money laundering charges.)

https://factor.am/271610.html

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BHK leader Tsarukyan's son was questioned as a witness again as part of a murder investigation that began 1.5 years ago. 7 were wounded and 2 were killed during a restaurant fight. 7 suspects are charged.

https://factor.am/271678.html

update: the beer keg explosion in Russia

In 2019 a beer keg exploded in Russia, killing Armenian ex-police chief and his nephew. Russian authorities charged a local gas company plumber. The court found him guilty of illegally installing things and ignoring safety tests. He's on probation.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193385

they'll give the suicidal man an apartment

On March/9/2020, Pashinyan's car was traveling on Kievyan bridge when he noticed a man who was trying to commit suicide. He convinced him to stop and took him to a hospital. The ex-orphan man was upset that he didn't receive housing like others.

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He wasn't supposed to get one for legal reasons, but the Labor Ministry offered him a 10-year housing. He rejected it. He made 5 suicide attempts.

The govt is discussing to make an exception and donate him and a few others a permanent housing.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193418

Legendary painter Hovhannes Ayvazovski

It's his 203rd birthday on July 29th. It's unclear how he managed to live that long (probably the close proximity to a sea and GMO-free seafood).

Anyhow, his family organized an online event with the help of the Armenian National Museum and Theodosia Museum to present his art. There will be a biography presentation, too.

Dedicated to him: https://youtu.be/3fuJD83Kn7o

https://dommoskvy.am/news/21.07.2020_dni-ajvazovskogo-v-dome-moskvi-v-erevane/ , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022921.html

Where does the money go?

A 2018 statistic about how the average Armenian household spends its money, per member per month: $95/mo. 40% on food, 36% on services including utilities, 19% on non-food purchases, 4% cigarettes, 1% alcohol.

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Food prices +2% YoY in June. Alcohol/tobacco +11%. Services +1.3%. Non-food items -0.2%.

More: https://hetq.am/hy/article/119704

Constitutional amendments / Public debates begin

The ruling and opposition parties agree that parts of the Constitution need to change to strengthen institutes and Parliamentary opposition parties. The public referendum is expected in 2021. Civil society groups began discussing the amendments.

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Chief of Helsinki Citizen's Assembly in Armenia: the current Constitution isn't designed to protect democracy and sovereignty. It allows a group to hijack the country. The hijacking began in 2015 and was stopped by the public in 2018 with a revolution.

We need a Constitution that will guarantee that a change of power can happen without revolutions.

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A suggestion was made to allow lower courts to rule a specific law as unconstitutional - a power that is currently granted only to a higher court.

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Another suggestion is to allow people to directly elect the president. President is currently elected by Parliament.

Full debates: https://factor.am/271559.html , https://factor.am/271598.html , https://factor.am/271607.html , https://factor.am/271617.html , https://factor.am/271619.html

"welfare abuse"

Gagharquniq govt says the number of families receiving poverty aid reduced by 291 (8625) after an effort to identity recipient families that weren't poor.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1023009.html

agricultural export change for H1 YoY

Veggies +14%, tomato +34%, mushrooms/eggplants/spinach +32%, cucumber -33%.

Fish -13%, fruits/nuts -16%, apples/pears -71%, berries +88%.

Tea/coffee +13%.

Large farming animal exports +215%.

(Most foods went to Russia, while animals to Iraq.)

https://factor.am/271573.html

More babies were born in Artsakh this year

H1 YoY: 960 vs 925. Seven were born through artificial insemination.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022971.html

Armenian techies created an online tool...

...to help with remote education. The platform is called uteach.io and allows you to have a page where you upload tutorials to earn money. (Armenian version of Udemy?)

It's supposed to replace Skype and Zoom. Some schools began experimenting with it.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022908.html

Infrastructure repairs

Avshen's main road is being renovated. First since 1980. https://youtu.be/krMQVEI6EOs

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Hunot's historical bridge is being renovated. https://factor.am/271581.html

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Goris-Kapan 12km road is being repaired. https://hetq.am/hy/article/119798

Ugly billboards are being removed from Yerevan Center

Last year several huge billboards were removed from historical buildings in Yerevan. Now it's the little guys' turn.

"We encourage businesses to consult the city before making such modifications, to avoid penalties," said Yerevan.

https://factor.am/271544.html

Yerevan gives away 64 new apartments...

... to families who were living in damaged buildings that need to be demolished.

https://youtu.be/ip9QzFcdcsw?t=125

It's that time of the week again!

What children's books have Yerevan's basement-dwellers been reading in June?

5) kolobok (գնդլ բոքոնգլուխը)

4) Փիսիկի գանգատը, by H. Tumanyan

3) Harrison Potter and the room of secrets

2) Harrison Potter and the smart-ass stone

1) Chipolino (stop 👏 exposing 👏 kids 👏 to 👏 Italian 👏mafia 👏)

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1022864.html

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Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/hx8q3f/jul242020_news_summary_tavush_battles_moscow/

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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