2018 August 10

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Anti-Corruption Daily

Anti-Corruption 8/10/2018: 1) Two HHK mayors facing boycotts from municipalities 2) Serj's brother under another investigation involving stolen Aivazovsky painting 3) Arrest warrant for MP Farmanyan's sister for embezzeling AMD 19.4mln 4) MInistry taking steps to cut aid abuse... (MUCH MORE BELOW)
by ar_david_hh

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.


3rd president Serj Sargsyan's family is involved in another criminal investigation. This time around Hovhannes Aivazovsky's "ship in the sea" popular painting. The painting was stolen from a Russian businessman's house on 2011 by unknown burglars. On 2017, the "Pyunik" organization (not to be confused with soccer club) owned by Serj's brother Sashik Lyovik, gave the painting to Serj as a gift. The information was quickly removed by the organization, but not until the media reported on it. The Pyunik organization then claimed that Serj gave the painting as a gift to the Armenian national historical museum, but the latter denied receiving such gift. The director of Pyunik is currently facing other charges. This is the same company that hid hundreds of million in taxes through JLJ Project company months earlier.

www.civilnet.am/news/2018/08/10/Նավը-ծովում-կամ-նոր-քրեական-գործ-Լևոն-Սարգսյանի-դեմ/342917

What is the root cause of Yerevan's latest garbage collection delays? Municipality's Yelq member notes that, years ago, when the city was looking for companies to take care of collection, there were supposed to be two companies competing with one another. They would split the city in half and do their work in their sections. The city would then look at the results and find out which one works better, and sign a long term contract with them. Sanitek's competitor refused to do their work, for some reason, and the city was left with one contender right from the beginning. Sanitek was then allowed to create a proxy company and register themselves as their own competitor, as a legal loophole to allow them to work immediately. The legal documents show that two different entities are doing business, while in reality it's one. Municipality members want a new competition-based contract https://armenpress.am/arm/news/943409/ ------- https://youtu.be/oICVpUPsxgo?t=851

Several countries have placed Armenian politicians linked to March 1st murders in the no-travel blacklist. Others froze their (e.g. former defense minister Mikael Harutyunyan who is wanted) bank assets. This is possibly related to 1st Deputy PM Ararat Mirzoyan's plea to the international community to catch Armenian money launderers. https://news.am/arm/news/465787.html

Jrarat municipality council's 5 out of 7 members want the HHK mayor Samvel Galstyan to resign. He is being accused of corruption, paying family members for works they've never done, improper management of funds. Armavir governor will conduct an administrative investigation. Flashback: On 2017, Mayor Samvel Galstyan interfered with ORO-Alliance's election campaign to put pressure on party opposing HHK, swore at residents. His nephew, a police officer, used a gun during one of the fights and had to be apprehended https://youtu.be/oICVpUPsxgo?t=630

--- https://epress.am/en/2017/03/16/public-observers-publish-report-on-armed-pre-election-clashes-in-armenian-village.html

Artashat municipality is paralyzed. 9 out of 13 Council members refuse to work, demanding HHK mayor's designation. https://news.am/arm/news/465786.html

March 1st chief investigator calls Karapat Rubinyan to testify as a witness. Rubinyan was a former high ranking official and ANC (Levon Ter-Petrosyan party) member who was accused of organizing riots on 2008, before having his charges dropped by the former March 1st investigator https://armlur.am/830385/

Court approves persecutor's petition to issue an arrest warrant in-absentia for HHK MP Farmanyan's sister, who is being accused of large scale embezzlement or improper use of funds, after collecting at least AMD 19.4mln from Gyumri's government-run Nalbandyan State Pedagogical Institute students http://investigative.am/news/view/farmanyan-hetaxuzum.html ---------- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XdqfjG3QDY

While traveling in provinces, PM Pashinyan reminds that any mayor caught with corruption will be punished by law. Vows to support the regions by creating conditions for businesses to invest in job creation. Reminds that he was one of the the co-sponsors of a 2015 bill that relieved bordering villages from some of the financial burdens https://news.am/arm/news/465834.html

Pashinyan urges his Russian colleagues and fellow Armenians to "adapt to the new situation" of fighting against crime, after receiving criticism from Russian FM for the arrest of second RA president Robert Kocharyan www.aysor.am/am/news/2018/08/10/Փաշինյան/1451888

IRS busts another company ("Ariella") that underpaid taxes by manipulating purchase receipts. Reminds other businesses to stop the machinations, come clean and pay the taxes https://www.a1plus.am/1636870.html

Hraparak's internal sources say that besides the public firings of corrupt military officials, there have been many behind-the-curtains resignations too, where the officials decided to resign voluntarily instead of getting fired. Not all military cases are made public for national security reasons www.hraparak.am/posts/5b6c52963c583106c6c87ade/զինկոմները-և-հրամանատարները-իրավապահների-թիրախում

Massive (~10x) increase in the number of people contacting human rights ombudsman's office compared to previous years, as a result of increased trust in the government and perception of laws being enforced https://armenpress.am/arm/news/943455/

Minister of Justice will personally accept citizens on the first Tuesday of each month. Each visitor has to register ahead of time and will have a 10 minute of appointment time with the Minister https://armenpress.am/arm/news/943498/

Police spokesman will hold a Skype (@ Armenian Police) meeting for diaspora Armenians on August 11. The topic is passports, citizenship, residential registration, visa e.t.c https://armenpress.am/arm/news/943517/

Ministry of Diaspora welcomes the 440 diaspora Armenians in the "Step to Home" initiative https://www.a1plus.am/1636821.html ---- https://armenpress.am/arm/news/943453/

Georgia and Russia have agreed to open the road passing through Abkhazia, possibly by the end of this year. Armenia could have another route to enter Russia https://www.a1plus.am/1636818.html

Chairman of civil aviation, and second person in charge of IRS are relieved of their duties https://www.aysor.am/am/news/2018/08/10/%D4%B1%D6%80%D5%A1-%D4%B3%D5%A1%D5%A2%D6%80%D5%AB%D5%A5%D5%AC%D5%B5%D5%A1%D5%B6/1451829 --- https://news.am/arm/news/465808.html

The union of deaf citizens are demanding their leader's resignation for not doing anything for 2 years. Earlier, the blind union was protesting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zxjZzGh28M

Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs will require the person/family's bank account deposit and loan statements before classifying them as low income and providing aid. Citizens will have the ability to get the statement free of charge.This is being done to cut on waste because it is suspected that 15% of recipients aren't actually low income https://armenpress.am/arm/news/943418/ ------ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGgup3kGHE4

Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs will invest in two projects helping unemployed young mothers to find work. Most young students who leave school aren't ready for the job market, and find themselves working outside of their profession. The ministry suggests reforms in the education system https://news.am/arm/news/465854.html

Armenian athletes win the first ever Bronze in European diving championship https://youtu.be/oICVpUPsxgo?t=1459

--- https://www.a1plus.am/1636840.html

Turkish authorities are trying to wipe out the Treaty of Sevres from the history books. According to the treaty, the loosing country Turkey was required to return lands to other countries, including Armenia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfiIl7YKNck


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