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Daily news and anti-corruption report

Jul/25/2020 news: / post-Tavush Battles / Moscow's civilian clashes end - Apology tour - Market to end discrimination / OSCE responds / Aliyev vs Peace / Housing for refugees / de-mining in Artsakh / Failed demolition / COVID & Travel expenditures / Sevan water / Trees & Roads / Armenian literature
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…. July 21... July 22…. July 23…. July 24....

Tavush Battles / Another calm day

No border clashes today. Armenia buried the 5th fallen soldier Arthur Muradyan who succumbed to critical wounds he sustained during the early days of skirmishes. Muradyan was also buried in Yerablur and given a posthumous medal.

https://factor.am/271855.html

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Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen Onik Gasparyan: what happened in Tavush will go down in the history as an example of efficiency of troop management, the skill of commanders, and heroism of Armenian soldiers. (Pashinyan earlier promoted 3 Colonels to Major General).

http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/283345/

OSCE responds to threats

OSCE: it's great that the borders have been mostly calm since July 16th. Don't make provocative statements against civilians or critical civilian infrastructures. (cough Metsamor cough).

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1023035.html

Ilham Aliyev doesn't really want peace

First lady Anna Hakobyan has been urging Azeri mothers to join the "Women for Peace" initiative.

She criticized the Aliyev regime for responding to her calls for peace by broadcasting a message by several Azeri women who encouraged war and installation of the Azeri flag in Stepanakert.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1023034.htm

Ethnic conflicts in Moscow and U.S. / De-escalation / Apologies

Context: Numerous reports arrived yesterday about Armenian businesses being vandalized and civilians being beaten in Russia. 50 Azeris were arrested.

7 Armenians and 6 Azeris were arrested for fighting. The Armenians were released this morning.

7 other Armenians are accused of vandalizing an Azeri restaurant on Bratislava St. The Armenian embassy and MFA urged civilians to de-escalate.

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Pashinyan gave an interview to Russian outlet RBK during which he accused Azerbaijan of moving the conflict into the Russian territory and trying to destabilize it. https://factor.am/271821.html

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RU govt says 30 people are under arrest for ethnic conflicts. They face deportations. https://factor.am/271916.html , https://factor.am/271849.html

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San Francisco, CA govt treats yesterday's anti-Armenian pro-Azeri graffiti on the Armenian school as a hate crime.

The CCTV captured 5 perpetrators. The police are investigating. The District Attorney said, "This is totally inconsistent with SF values. It is also a CRIME. We are working with the police to investigate. We stand with our Armenian brothers and sisters".

https://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/Armenian-school-in-SF-vandalized-with-threats-15432780.php , https://youtu.be/gTSX7VhPPmw

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The U.S. embassy in AM and AZ urged protesters to calm down and exercise free speech without violence. https://www.facebook.com/usembarmenia/posts/10158613437952673

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The Moscovite Armenian who was seen being attacked in his white car released a video urging for peace: https://youtu.be/M_u_8OYQRO0

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Azeri dissident Mammadov accused Aliyev of coordinating the civilian clashes to divert the attention away from internal problems: https://youtu.be/I6SSnqI_VBc

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An Azeri guy who got popular after cursing Armenians in Moscow uploaded an apology video (Shane Dawson has entered the server). https://youtu.be/_WSdPzW3zfE

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Another Azeri man issued an apology after attacking an Armenian cafe. "Don't fall for provocations," he said: https://youtu.be/yC5henJv1wk

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AM embassy in RU again urged Armenian businesses and civilians not to respond to provocations. "We're in touch with the authorities. They're trying to control the situation. Be peaceful this weekend." https://youtu.be/8DfoZGl3HN4

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AZ's ambassador in RU urged Azeris to refrain from participating in street fights and reminded them to respect Russian law. https://www.azatutyun.am/a/30746777.html

Armenian farming giant cancels ties with Azeri-owned market / The latter makes announcement

The civilian conflict in Moscow began after Moscow's largest Azeri-owned Food City discriminated against Armenian apricot sellers and kicked out Armenian diplomats who went there to settle things.

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Armenian SPAYKA import-export giant, which buys Armenian farmer's products in large quantities for export, has canceled the ties with Food City, saying "we emptied our location and won't pay them money". SPAYKA called Food City's discriminations "illegal".

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Food City's parent company announced there will no longer be ethnic discrimination in their facilities and everyone will be treated equally, "as mandated by Russian law".

https://factor.am/271887.html , http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/283349/

Housing for Armenian refugees who escaped after Sumgayit and Baku massacres

250,000 Armenians were forced to flee their homes after the 1988 massacres in Sumgayit, Azerbaijan. Another 200,000 fled after a similar 1990 massacre in Baku.

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Those who settled in Armenia began receiving apartments starting in 2004. The aid program was suspended in 2009. There were 895 families in need of help as of 2013.

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In 2019, the govt launched a new push to count the number of families and to give them housing. They used a different approach: split the group into small groups based on priority/urgency.

As a result, 112 highly vulnerable families were identified and placed on the recipient list in 2019. The process continues.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1023048.html

re: $1.4M de-mining aid from U.S. to Artsakh

Yesterday the House approved the bill to pay HALO Trust to remove landmines from Artsakh. The program was suspended in 2019 after HALO Trust reported that the job was done by 99%.

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Later, HALO found 5.5km2 additional area that needs treatment. U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier and 30 others supported the bill to restore the aid. Azerbaijan's counter-lobbying failed. The bill is headed to Senate.

https://factor.am/271902.html

Failed demolition attempt in Yerevan

A factory building was earlier partially demolished with TNT. The rest was preserved until the useful elevators' extraction.

Today they screwed up big time. One of the detonators failed, leaving parts of the live explosives in the shaky building.

Nearby streets were closed and the public was notified. The police are guarding the rumbles so nobody will get close. Another demolition attempt will be made next week.

https://factor.am/271906.html

COVID stats / It's afraid?

+1,850 tested (155,664). +383 infected (9,833 active). +509 healed (26,243). +10 deaths (700)

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Artsakh recorded 10 new cases, 9 of whom were from previously infected persons' circles, and 1 during a border check.

https://factor.am/271801.html , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193503

Fewer travel expenditures thanks to COVID

Parliament spent $536K on travel in 2019H1, vs $111K this year.

Prime Minister $803K vs $214K.

President $595K vs $137K.

Poor boy Finance Ministry spent only $1,500 this year. F F F F F F F

More: https://youtu.be/Vi7H_pSilfU?t=48

Sevan water is safe

Read the July 22nd post for full details about algae growth in Sevan.

Healthcare Ministry's lab exam revealed that, at the moment, the toxins produced by algae aren't too dangerous, but you shouldn't swallow since it's toxic, and swimming in it can cause an allergic reaction. Children should avoid areas with algae. (same as last year)

https://factor.am/271858.html

Schools will teach ancient Armenian literature

Education Ministry says that beginning 5th class, kids will learn the Golden Age and Medieval Armenian literature.

Movses Khorenatsi, Agatangeghos, Buzand, Yeghishe, Ghazar Parpetsi, Grigor Narekatsi, Nerses Shnorhali, Nahapet Quchak, Sayat-Nova are some of the OGs included in the curriculum.

RIP kids: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1023047.html

9,000 trees are planted...

... on a 2 hectare land near Mtnadzor forest. The area is protected with a fence. It has a new 4 km irrigation network.

https://factor.am/271867.html

Vanadzor-Bazum road...

... is being renovated with 3-layer asphalt and a water removal system. The construction company was asked to remove the 1st layer and redo it after failing the quality test.

https://youtu.be/fCdQLVxvveA

HIVE - 30 under 30

HIVE Ventures has the names of top-30 Armenian techies under 30.

400 applicants. 30% women. 60% born in Armenia.

The jury consisted of heads of international organizations, including Reddit's Alexis Ohanyan.

https://30under30.hiveventures.co/

http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/283328/

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Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/hxtqdv/jul252020_news_posttavush_battles_moscows/

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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