2020 September 6

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Daily news and anti-corruption report

Sep/6/2020 news: \\ Gyumri Day: new transport, parks, tourism, arts \\ demolishing ex-police chief's Sevan mansion \\ Geo-politics. Russian-American spy's plans in Armenia \\ diplomatic passports \\ Nikol's horses \\ are Armenians generous? \\ the heroes \\ sports & music \\ bike tour across Armenia
by ar_david_hh


Gyumri Day: the second-largest city celebrates

Photos: Gyumri celebrated its holiday.

President Sarkissian: Gyumri has a lot to offer: love, warm environment, culture, food. Let's visit Gyumri often.

Pashinyan: Happy holiday, dear Gyumri!

Yerevan Mayor Marutyan: Gyumri forges our country's talent.

https://hetq.am/hy/article/121252 , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026826.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026813.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026812.html , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/195112

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renovated park

Gyumri's newly renovated Mother Armenia statue and the surrounding park has reopened as part of the celebration. First renovation since the 1960s.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026826.html

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free apartments

6 families received new apartments after losing theirs during the massive flood that struck the city in July. The apartments come with furniture and are co-funded by ARDA charity and the govt. The govt requires the residents to destroy their տնակ trailers first.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026825.html

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new mini-buses

Gyumri joins Yerevan and will use mini-buses with disability ramp and other accommodations. The pilot program purchased 3 new units from a Russian company for $89k. If it goes well, they'll purchase more.

One will be used for city guests, while the others will "compete" against regular marshrutkas.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026828.html

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sports center

Gyumri opened the new weightlifting school named after world-record-holder Yuri Vardanyan. It's a separate facility; the school no longer has to lease land from others.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026839.html

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your own gallery

Gyumri's painters can now host their art in the city's gallery, free of charge. "It's not fancy, but we are very happy that we finally have our place, after years of attempts to find one," said painters.

45 pieces were presented during the celebration day.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026847.html

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new modern park

IDeA Foundation is helping Gyumri to create a one of a kind "Friendship" recreational park, which is open for design suggestions by the residents.

A whopping 84 international bidders competed for the project. The winning design will be announced in October.

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"This will be Armenia's most modern and green park. It'll attract tourists. It's also a place where Gyumretsis will be able to thank their Friends who helped during the 1988 earthquake."

The Italian carousels they brought 1.5 years ago will be installed in the park. Everything ready by 3Q2022.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026851.html

part of ex-police chief's Sevan mansion is being demolished

Earlier we learned about how the ex-top-cop Vladimir Gasparyan allegedly built a mansion illegally too close to the lake years ago, then recently attacked Azatutyun journalists who went to document it.

A govt official says part of the mansion, that is below the legal 1905-meter level, is being demolished.

Photos: https://factor.am/281438.html

Geopolitics / Army / The spy / Neighbors

pandemic wars

President Sarkissian participated in the UN's industrial development summit UNIDO, during which he criticized Azerbaijan for attacking Armenia during the pandemic, and for threatening to bomb the Metsamor nuclear plant "which could become another Chernobyl in the region."

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026817.html

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repressions

EU condemned Azerbaijan for a 4-year prison sentence for the deputy-chief of Musavat opposition party Tofig Yubulu.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026819.html

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exercise

Army chief of general stuff Onik visited Moscow to celebrate the closing ceremony of joint military games between Armenia, Russia, etc. They're discussing more exercises.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026829.html

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no exercise

Azerbaijan refused to join the upcoming new anti-terror military exercise "Caucasus 2020" organized by Russia and joined by CIS and CSTO republics.

https://ria.ru/20200906/ucheniya-1576831929.html

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the spy

American army vet Peter Debbins was arrested in his home for allegedly spying for Russia after being recruited by his Russian wife's father, who is a military official.

Debbins created a military-security advisory company HLG, which claims it had plans to cooperate with the Kansas National Guard (which already cooperates with Armenia) to launch a new military academy in Armenia.

The U.S. embassy denied any such cooperation plans between the Kansas National Guard and the spy's HLG company.

https://hetq.am/hy/article/121229

diplomatic passports

1127 Armenians have a diplomatic passport: 886 ambassadors and their families, 129 Parliament MPs, 93 state officials.

When asked whether Pashinyan's 19 diplomatic passports were given to businessmen or famous people, MFA said "no, they are all state servants."

MFA says Armenia gave 90% fewer passports in a period compared to pre-revolution. (Context: Serj used to give a diplomatic passport to his remote family members and friends.)

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026818.html

"Ձեզ բան ասողի կյանքը թաղեմ"

Pashinyan and his family enjoyed the last day of vacation by riding a horse in Martuni. For $10/hour you can learn how to ride and take a trip.

The daughter's horse began running fast and he was left wondering if it's the daughter messing with them. "If you fall, we'll get a lot more views."

They came across women who were collecting berries. "Ձեզ բան ասողի կյանքը թաղեմ," shouted the enthusiastic woman. "Պետք չի, պետք չի, that can be interpreted as hate speech," responded Pashinyan while laughing.

https://youtu.be/KpAhuTHTaHc?t=212

Video: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=669156067029103&extid=Qq3efLROXINznwWL

COVID stats

+134 infected. +266 healed. +2 deaths. 3522 active. 218139 tested. 897 deaths from COVID.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026846.html

Are Armenians generous?

6% of Armenians donated to charity organizations in the past 6 months.

40% donated to street beggars or sent paid SMS for charity in the past 6 months.

63% helped the neighbor.

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Armenia is 119th out of 126.

Myanmar #1 (81% have donated)

UK #2

Malta #3 (71%)

https://www.civilnet.am/news/2020/09/05/Հարցում-որքանո՞վ-ենք-պատրաստ-գումար-նվիրաբերել/394217

the national hero doctor

Heart surgeon Hrayr Hovagimyan recently became the first-ever doctor to receive the national hero title for his decades of contribution to medicine.

A short interview with his clients and the doctor.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=341236677243409&extid=KZEssgEnz5AqUjVE

iGorts program: the diasporan volunteers

Mini-documentary about the 24 educated diasporans who gave up their high salaries abroad to visit Armenia and help make the country great, in exchange for receiving basic living-cost subsidies.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=358232788678209&extid=kT2obPJhY4LKP2c1

the babies

Civil Aviation chief Tatevik Revazyan returned from Denmark where she earlier gave birth to Montea. She and the baby moved back.

https://www.facebook.com/760868985/videos/10160480243278986/?extid=6OGJ7fNX0sGplDcc

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Deputy Parliament Speaker Lena Nazaryan uploaded a pic with newborn Zaven.

https://news.am/arm/news/600739.html

speed humps

A high-speed section of Yerevan's Babayan street will get a speed hump, new signs, and zebra lines to keep pedestrians safe. "Don't drive over 40."

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/195139

UEFA Nationals League soccer: Macedonia vs Armenia

UEFA Nations League is a new competition that gives weaker countries a chance to play with the ball for a little bit longer. It became the third major competition after World Cup and European Championship.

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Armenia's group competitors are Georgia, Macedonia and Estonia.

Today they played against Macedonia, in Macedonia, (spoiler) and lost 2:1.

The next match is Armenia-Estonia on September 8th.

Notable moments: https://streamable.com/do8983

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https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026840.html

https://www.uefa.com/uefanationsleague/teams/57419--armenia/

"Soooo good"

Kim Kardashian published a photo with a pomegranate tree.

https://factor.am/281417.html

unpublished footage

Kanye West recorded a clip with Tyga three years ago but only published it now. It features Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner.

Language: https://youtu.be/afQtrzgG9Ns

Aram MP3's new bike show

Popular singer-showman Aram MP3 has a new show where he travels around Armenia with a bicycle and talks about the journey and random stuff.

https://youtu.be/-Qvr1fkG8p4

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Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/insv2e/sep62020_news_gyumri_day_new_transport_parks/

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