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Anti-Corruption Daily

Jul/5/2020: Armenian News Summary - Weekend Edition. Soccer rules, Constitution, Coronavirus, Noah's ark, Best violinists, News wars, Lake Sevan documentary, Major infrastructure upgrades, and more...
by ar_david_hh


Ethnic Armenian players in soccer league / 3 proposals

Lately, there have been soccer matches without a single Armenian on the pitch. It's a long-standing issue raised by many players and fans.

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Earlier the Federation decided to require 7 out of 23 declared players to be Armenian citizens.

The problem is, EAEU trade bloc requires EAEU member-state citizens to be treated the same as Armenian citizens when it comes to "employment". This was used as a loophole so only legionnaires could play.

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Now the Soccer Federation wants to choose one of these 3 stricter rules:

1) 9 out of 23 must have a history of training in Armenia since teenage years and have played 3 tournaments as part of Armenian youth teams.

2 of these 9 Armenians must be on the pitch during the game, and not just sitting on the benches.

No compliance = automatic defeat.

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2) 10 out of 23 must be trained in Armenia, with 2 of them having been trained before they were 23yo.

No compliance = monetary penalty.

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3) 9 out of 23 must be trained in Armenia, 2 of them must have trained before <23yo, and 3 of them must be on the pitch during the match.

No compliance = monetary penalty.

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The monetary penalty is $1k for each of 9 Armenian players who weren't declared pre-match, and $2k for each token Armenian who wasn't on the pitch.

In other words, if the 2nd or 3rd option is chosen, the teams could pay a penalty and not have Armenians. The money will be used towards developing Armenian youth soccer.

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The teams are supposed to respond with their opinions by Monday.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191809

Pashinyan calls for new Constitution

The Premier congratulated Armenia with the Constitution Day, and repeated that Armenia needs a Constitution "trusted by the public and not one that was written for a specific political party's narrow interests".

He said the public will be involved with the upcoming amendment's discussions. Expect a referendum in 2021.

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Context: The current Constitution was written by HHK MP / Justice Minister / CC judge Hrayr Tovmasyan. It was approved in 2015 (in a disputed referendum) and activated in 2018. It was widely criticized by then-opposition parties for serving narrow interests, which is what served the basis for last month's bill to fire 3 judges whom the Constitution made "above the others", something that PACE agreed was a valid complaint.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191823

COVID stats

+2,437 tested. +706 infected. +205 healed. +8 deaths.

122,682 tested. 11,824 active. 16,140 healed. 484 deaths.

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Artsakh has +6, bringing the active cases to 34, with another 104 isolated.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191816 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191772 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191817

How COVID testing and hospitals evolved

In the beginning, Armenia was doing 300 daily tests, then 1k in May, and 2k since June.

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2,210 special beds and 290 emergency beds were isolated for COVID since March.

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19 medical centers handle COVID: 12 in Yerevan and 7 in provinces.

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5680 doctors were retrained for COVID, with many of them participating in international webinars.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191788

COVID safety enforcement

3 grocery stores in Yerevan were shut down and 3k people were issued a citation on Sunday.

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There were some reports of over-policing. Notably, one jogger complained that he temporarily lowered his mask in the middle of the night, with no one around, and got a ticket for it.

Two Roboserj media outlets complained about receiving tickets for not wearing masks during a broadcast, saying that the Public TV regulator earlier said it's OK not to wear masks. The Human Rights Ombudsman asked the regulators to clarify.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191806 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191825

COVID in Azerbaijan

As the official numbers increase, the Aliyev regime implemented a requirement for citizens to receive an SMS authorization before leaving their homes. They can do a limited number of activities. The army is ready to step in.

http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/282649/

Your favorite holiday is approaching

The church has declared July 19th the Vardavar day.

The holiday is celebrated while watering each other and releasing doves in the air, which signifies the biblical flood and Noah's successful use of world's first-ever GPS system to find the nearby land.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191836

Armenia-Russia relations / Solovyov vs Navalny / Artificial noise? / MP comments

Last week public H1 TV broadcasted a news segment in which they spoke about Russia's Constitutional referendum. They gave word to amendment's supporters, but also opponenets, one of whom was Russia's main opposition figure Alexey Navalny.

Kremlin-linked propagandist Vladimir Solovyov, who hates Navalny, blasted H1 TV for giving Navalny air time.

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Q&A with ethnic Russian QP MP (Pashinyan party) Alexey Sandikov.

Q: whatcha think?

A: H1 did objective coverage by giving a word to both sides. I didn't like that they chose Navalny to present opposition's view, they could've picked someone else. Navalny has said anti-Armenian things in the past and he's viewed as extreme in Russia.

Side note: Navalny has denied saying nasty things about Armenians in his latest video.

[MP continues] In any case, it was not a political move by Armenia. Nothing has changed in the AM-RU relations. Some people try to stir the pot.

While [Tsarukyan] claims there is a campaign to kick out the Russian military base from Armenia, the Russian Minister recently visited Armenia and announced that the base has doubled its capabilities.

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Q: who is stirring the pot?

A: Some Armenian opposition parties and some Armenian groups in Russia... They incorrectly claim Navalny was chosen "on purpose".

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Q: there have been news segments on Russian TV critical of Pashinyan. They were described by some as a "message" to Pashinyan from the Russian govt.

A: ...yet the actual Russian politicians were directly asked to comment and they disputed the existence of these "messages". It's just a commentary by reporters.

If Pashinyan and Putin have something to say, they meet and say it.

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Q: Pashinyan's critics say the AM-RU relations were ruined after the revolution.

A: Wrong. Just because we actively discuss painful topics like gas, drives license in EAEU, etc. that doesn't mean the relations have worsened.

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Q: what do you think about the recent referendum in Russia? Critics say it established a dictatorship.

A: It's inappropriate for me as a politician to assess what happened there... I respect Russian people who went and voted yes or no.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191764

Mher Mkrtchyan gets the title

... of honorary citizen of Gyumri, after an earlier approval by the city. The mayor went to Frunzik's museum to hand over the medal. Today marks the late actor's 90th anniversary.

https://youtu.be/e-lkItsJpTU?t=28

re: the aerial tramway in Gyumri

Last week a diasporan businessman said he wants to build a chopanughi in Gyumri that will travel through suburbs.

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"It's not a new concept. This Belorussian technology was implemented in one of their cities. We have one in Tanzania," said the investor.

Here is the proposed map for Sky Gyumri:

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1020662.html

3 Armenians on the list of top-violinists of our times

Portal Ranker has listed 30 best violin players of our times.

Samvel Yervinyan (team Yanni), Sergey Khachatryan, and Ara Malikyan are listed.

https://factor.am/266051.html

Energy-efficient LED lighting...

... is installed on a 1km road near Haghartsin.

https://www.facebook.com/100000950041491/videos/4055221074519521/

Southern city of Meghri is being renovated

Soon: a new park, renovated big kindergarten (first since 1988), renovated Maghri-Qajaran road (worth $2.3mln, first since 90s), 4 new fountains, a new customs facility to handle the agricultural load, renovated parking lot near the customs facility, irrigation for 100ha lands.

Some are already done. https://youtu.be/8uKPlJdeQ5k

Sevan documentary

CivilNet made a 30-minute documentary about Lake Sevan and people who live nearby.

https://youtu.be/trrRa2oF5X8

Friday news...

Important events in case you missed it...

https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/hkois0/jul32020_news_1_anticorruption_reform_2_polls_3/?

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Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/hltxf7/jul52020_armenian_news_summary_weekend_edition/

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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