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Anti-Corruption Daily

Jul/6/2020 News: (1) Paplavok murder. Kocharyan bodyguard's retrial (2) ECHR (3) Cost of 1GB (4) COVID news (5) ISP merger (6) Stats for Marriage/Deaths/Crime/Food Price/Exams (7) Would u marry non-Armenian? (8) Bomb threat (9) Nature strikes (10) Azeri blogger (11) Dvin city (12) Infrastructure++
by ar_david_hh


What Does 1GB of Mobile Data Cost in Every Country?

155) Malawi $27

138) USA $8

67) Azerbaijan $1.86

43) Moldova $1.12

40) Armenia $1.05

31) Georgia $0.93

1) India $0.09

Graph: https://www.visualcapitalist.com/cost-of-mobile-data-worldwide/

The fired Constitutional Court judges knock on ECHR door

ex-CC judges Gyulumyan, Tokhyan, and Nazaryan filed a complaint with European Court for Human Rights over a bill that fired them for being "above other judges".

HHK MP Hrayr Tovmasyan joined the complaint because he doesn't like that he was demoted from his CC president's seat.

The govt sent materials to ECHR as part of the investigation.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191917

Mishik can breathe a sigh of relief

Serj's fugitive son-in-law Mikael Minasyan's arrest warrant wasn't approved by the judge.

Former regime's outlets earlier circulated "anonymous" rumors that NSS instructed this judge to give an arrest verdict. The rumor was dismissed by the Supreme Court overseeing judges, and the NSS.

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The judge didn't find a problem with the probable cause. The arrest was rejected for being unnecessary.

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Minasyan is charged with money laundering and a host of other financial crimes. He's hiding in Sochi կուխնի.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191859 , https://www.azatutyun.am/a/30710197.html

Kocharyan-linked "Privet Rob" murder incident revived by court

Several months ago prosecutors decided to review a murder incident involving Kocharyan's bodyguard who killed a man in Paplavok restaurant in 2001. The bodyguard killed the man for greeting Kocharyan with "Privet Rob".

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A British witness Steven Newton came forward recently saying the justice system completely ignored him at the time.

The bodyguard got away with a slap on his wrist.

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Today the court found that new evidence has emerged indicating a more serious crime.

Besides Steven Newton, other witnesses were questioned who confirmed that the death wasn't a result of an "accident", but rather group torture.

The court struck down bodyguard's earlier conviction and sent the case to the lower court for a new trial.

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Bodyguard Aghamal is told not to leave Armenia.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191885 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191888 , https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/fai6q9/feb272020_collection_of_news_from_armenia_stay/

Tag: #PrivetRob

COVID stats

+1,133 tested. +330 infected. +162 healed. +7 deaths.

123,815 tested. 11,984 active. 16,302 healed. 491 deaths.

650 serious or critical, 40 on lung vent.

No serious patient is forced to stay home due to a lack of beds.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191854 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191900

Pashinyan's COVID briefing:

The Healthcare system is still overloaded. An even stricter lockdown will return if we see that hospitals cannot cope.

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We can defeat this only with the cooperation of citizens. After spending time on the streets, I got the impression that people don't fully realize the impact their individual behavior can have on the overall situation.

Don't let it hit you before you do something.

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We'll extend the Emergency Situation at least one more time, but we can't do it forever.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191900

137 people broke the self-quarantine rules

Thousands of people are instructed to stay home. Recently a taxi driver went to work after being diagnosed.

Yesterday the police caught a woman who left her home. 137 such incidents so far.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191901

cop vs cab

Police say they approached a taxi to check if they wear masks and the occupants cussed them out before driving away. They chased the car to give a ticket.

The taxi stopped, the passenger got out and punched the cop in the face. The second guy joined the fight.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191861

Booths distributing masks and info

The Red Cross and Pashinyan office installed 36 booths across Yerevan streets to give away masks and teach safety rules.

"They'll come to provinces soon," said PM.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191858

30,000 face protection gear...

...was donated by London-based Dzavaryan brothers. They are students who converted part of their school into a PPE factory.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191869

ID required before transporting bodies

After the recent colossal f***up that led to a grandma's body going missing from morgue, the Healthcare Ministry began requiring hospitals to attach the patient's ID before transporting the body to the morgue.

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A wrong family earlier picked up a wrong grandma's body after visually misidentifying her as their relative.

https://factor.am/266395.html

Someone keeps making bomb threats

At first Yerevan Mall, and now MegaMall and Dalma Garden Mall received calls about bombs.

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At 1:30 PM someone said a bomb in MegaMall will go off in 20 minutes. 350 people were evacuated. No bomb was found.

5 minutes after the bomb was supposed to go off, the person said there was a bomb in Dalma Garden Mall.

500 people were evacuated from Dalma. Nothing was found.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191873 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191881 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191887 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191919

Another whirlwind strikes Armenia

This time near Metsamor. It was strong enough to rip away a greenhouse facility's roof and throw is 200m away.

3 ostriches were injured after the wind destroyed the breeding facility roof.

Video: https://youtu.be/tsDTm6NDmAA?t=82

Photos: https://shamshyan.com/hy/article/2020/07/05/1158992/

Previous: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/hdzgoe/jun222020_news_1_constitutional_court_bill/?

3M earthquake strikes...

... Marmarashen, Ararat. It was felt in the nearby settlements.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191847

YoY crime stats in 2020 vs 2019 Jan-May

Murder 21 (+1)

Traffic laws 477 (-71)

Traffic murders 65 (-24)

Overall 10.7k (+348)

Assaulting government officials 27 (+13)

Assaulting public servants 1279 (-154)

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191918

Foreign language exam stats

Recently 2058 students gave foreign language exams.

1773 for English (avg 14.6pts out of 20)

169 for Russian (avg 12.3pts)

57 for German (avg 15.3pts)

51 for French (avg 15.6pts)

3 for Italian (avg 14.5pts)

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191907

NSS uncovers Azeri hackers' plot

NSS report says: Azeri hackers disguised as diasporan Armenians and tried to get military info from Armenian soldiers and their family members.

The soldiers were trained about this social engineering and contacted NSS, with a few exceptions, in which people fell for it.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191906

Azeri regime attacks opponents by labeling them "Armenian"

Popular opposition blogger Mehman Huseynov has been at the center of Aliyev regime's repressions.

Now the regime wants to discredit him by claiming his mother Frangiz Badir Zadeh was Armenian, and that she was adopted by Crimean Tatars, and that her real name was Evgenya Ovanesova (Hovhannesyan?)

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Opposition Turan outlet examined the documents that claim the mother was Armenian, and found them to be fake because of some language nuances during USSR.

http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/282654/

105yo repatriate has passed away

In March, a 105yo Turkish-Italian-Armenian hat-maker Nurhan Yusupovich wished to have Armenian citizenship after repatriating. Pashinyan gave him a passport.

Nurhan passed away today.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191878

YoY food price comparison for May

Food and beverages +1%

Bakery and cereals +3.4%

Fruits +13.8%

Tobacco and alcohol +11.7%

Sugar -3.7%

Meat -2.6%

Fish and seafood -4.6%

Vegetables -3.7%

https://factor.am/266401.html

Ancient Dvin remains are being restored

Dvin's remnants near Hnaberd settlements are being restored as part of a $301,000 project.

The preliminary work is done. An auction will be announced.

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3 monuments will be renovated and fortified, including parts of a church that stayed below the ground for years.

"Once we dig more and restore everything, we'll be able to turn it into a tourist site."

Pics: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1020677.html

Masha Mnjoyan sings in Armenian...

... during Australian Voice. She earlier participated in the Armenian Voice before moving to Australia.

She won in the PlayOff tournament.

https://youtu.be/n8M3-EF3dU0

Mikael Nalbandyan's writings online

The American University of Armenia did an "unprecedented" digitization of Nalbandyan's writings and made the entire collection available online.

https://factor.am/266258.html

The battle of ISPs rages on / Competition laws

Context: UCOM ISP's founding director Yesayan was kicked out. Yesayan created a new TEAM ISP and wants to buy financially troubled Beeline ISP.

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UCOM isn't happy that TEAM wants to buy Beeline. UCOM itself tried to unsuccessfully buy Beeline earlier.

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UCOM claims that TEAM founder Yesayan stole data from UCOM while he was still UCOM's director, and he's now using the stolen data to negotiate with Beeline.

UCOM has asked regulators to halt the TEAM-Beeline merger talks.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1020759.html

Infrastructure upgrades / Drinking asbestos / Kindergartens

Tsovak's 5km drinking water system is being renovated. Built-in 1956, the asbestos-rich pipes are in poor shape.

The new pipes will be made of iron and metal-plastic. The project is worth $127,000.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1020705.html

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15 kindergartens are being built or renovated in Kotayk. This will allow 1,500 kids to attend one without traveling long distances. 200 new jobs.

https://factor.am/266369.html

Deaths, marriages, divorces

Between January-May, the deaths have reduced -2.1% YoY.

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Marriages in the same months of...

2018: 5619

2019: 6254

2020: 4172

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Divorces in the same months of...

2018: 1620

2019: 1492

2020: 1239

https://factor.am/266319.html , https://factor.am/266346.html

Poll: Would you marry someone from the following group?

Armenian 98% (i.e.,98% of Armenians would marry another Armenian)

Russian 45%, Italian 40%, American 39%, Ukrainian 34%, Georgian 33%, Jewish 22%, Molokan 19%, Indian 18%, Kurd/Yezidi 14%, Turk 5%.

https://youtu.be/jKE4akj4cXY

Artsakh capital Stepanakert's new residential district

...will have 300 apartments. The govt is working with the construction firm about the pricing.

120 flats ready by 2022, and another 180 by 2025.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1020754.html

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is back (spoiler)

He scored Roma's goal against Napoli. Roma lost 1:2

Heno received a performance "Sofa Score" of 7.8 for his play. Only the goalkeeper surpassed him.

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"I think we played better today. We didn't deserve to lose. Our lack of focusing led to opponent's 82nd-minute goal," said Heno.

The goal: https://youtu.be/5kZBhh-jRsM?t=135

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191862

Sunday news

In case you missed it

https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/hltxf7/jul52020_armenian_news_summary_weekend_edition/?

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You've read 1521 words.


Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/hmdo23/jul62020_news_1_paplavok_murder_kocharyan/

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