2018 August 21

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Anti-Corruption 8/21/2018: New busts in illegal deforestation case, nature protection agency finds dozens of violations, justice minister presents the progress in the system, police corrects voter registration records, Serj's nephew submitted to INTERPOL, 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.


Huge levels of illegal deforestation in Dilijan uncovered. Total of 9,000 trees cut with the addition of the latest discoveries; 15 forestry employees charged with deforestation, falsifying documents, gross negligence during their duty; AMD 130mln in damages calculated so far. The local residents have long complained about the issue, which gained a national attention during PM Pashinyan's latest visit to the region, during which he vowed to find the perpetrators. http://investigative.am/news/view/9-hazar-cari-hatum-15-mexadrial.html

Ministry of Nature Protection committee conducts a large scale investigation and finds 95 instances of organizations breaking the law and harming the environment. AMD160mln in damages is calculated. Dozens of companies are penalized. Deforestation of thousands of trees worth hundreds of millions is uncovered, separate from the Dilijan story... https://news.am/arm/news/467140.html

Minister of Justice Zeynalyan reports that the anti-corruption fight in Armenia is acknowledged in EU. During the latest summit in France, the report concluded that Armenia has completed all 21 steps to help reduce the corruption https://news.am/arm/news/467154.html

... he also reminds that a new website will open on 2019, which will allow people to anonymously (including hiding the IP address) report crime and corruption, and have the ability to establish a two-way communication with the justice system. Users can also use it to get familiarized with the laws. Read more about the website here http://iravaban.net/196709.html

Ministry of Justice takes the gloves off in the fight against election bribery. Submits a proposal to criminally charge those who accept bribes during the elections, in addition to prosecuting bribe givers, including those who give bribes disguised as donations during the elections. The proposal will be heard during the Parliament's September session https://news.am/arm/news/467149.html

Ministry of Justice is creating plans to keep the prisoners more busy with work and some forms of entertainment, in order to reduce the negative habits. Minister reports progress in eliminating the practice where prisoners are forced to give away their beds or other items through gambling due to shortage of beds. https://armlur.am/832646/ ------ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXqnm0uiFbI --- https://youtu.be/yTtHf9wdg5k?t=15

Video footage of Justice Minister Artak Zeynalyan in the frontlines after returning from a foot amputation surgery https://youtu.be/qkrAQrSnPHQ?t=14

The General Prosecutor's office is still investigating the case in which several former Ministry of Culture employees were charged with falsification of documents and abuse of power, which resulted in AMD 67mln damage to the state during 2014-16 https://armlur.am/831906/

INFORMATION WARS! Robart Kocharyan is accused of "buying" the public opinion by purchasing multiple news networks. "Ararat" news network has been purchased by his close ally. It used to be owned by HHK members. He is also allied with Yerkir Media, which is ARF owned, and has given multiple exclusive interviews to them. There are rumors that he also runs Yerevan.today. That "Yerevan today" article (and a search shows most headlines) is very critical of Pashinyan and even has some incorrect information to portray the new ministries in bad light, so it's fair to say that it's an "opposition site". H2 network is run by Kocharyan's close allies. BlogNews.am is also assumed to have been purchased by him or his allies.

http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/142602

Police chief Valeriy Osipyan says several thieve-in-laws were arrested, and charges are pressed against 4 of them, for a possession of large quantities of illegal narcotics and weapons https://armenpress.am/arm/news/944436/

.... police department says there has been a 12% increase in reported crimes in 2018H2 vs 2017H2. They associate this with an increased trust in the police department and the perception of justice. https://news.am/arm/news/467150.html ------ https://youtu.be/sEZdinghh2Y?t=114

... the police also reveals the total number of "day to day" lesser known anti-corruption busts. In the past 100 days, 746 corruption cases were uncovered. That's twice more than during the previous period. The number of uncovered bribery cases in the past 100 days is more than during 2017 as a whole, or 2015 and 2016 combined. Total of AMD 4.4bln damages calculated and AMD 147mln recovered https://news.am/arm/news/467207.html

... Osipyan says 150,000 people attended the August 17th Pashinyan rally https://armenpress.am/arm/news/944449/

... Osipyan says they have placed the former police chief's nephew on administrative leave (suspension) while the investigation continues. The policeman nephew is accused of conspiring with another person who beat and threaten a resident whose child watered the nephew's car during Vardavar few months earlier https://youtu.be/sDh9LfM_hCw?t=27

... he says the police has already corrected hundreds of voter registrations that were invalid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK-CXJWC8SE

Minister of Diaspora criticizes Hraparak newspaper for writing a sensationalized title about him (TITLE WRITES: Սփյուռքի նախարարի սպասվելիք այցն ԱՄՆ արդեն պառակտել է հայ համայնքը, ) in which he was accused of creating a division in the Armenian community of US. In this article, Hraparak published a letter from a lesser known Armenian political organization in US, which criticized the Minister for choosing ARF (Dashnak) as the host for meetings between the local Armenian community. Apparently they wanted to have a cake piece but ARF got it all. The Minister dismissed the rumors that ARF paid for his visit, said only the platform and the direct talks were aided by ARF, and that there is nothing wrong with that. Hraparak defends itself from the Minister's critique, by saying they were only raising a local party's concern by publishing the letter. Minister criticizes the way the article presented the story, and its title. Minister also criticizes other stories that allegedly defamed his family. https://news.am/arm/news/467208.html

BHK Gagik Tsarukyan's chief bodyguard will be released from jail after posting AMD 20mln bail. He is accused of beating a man who started an argument with Tsarukyan https://armlur.am/832737/

Yesterday's image of Manvel Grigoryan sitting in a jail cell was taken during his detainment in a temporary police station (ՁՊՎ), and not in the Yerevan-Center jail, which is where Grigoryan is now. Minister of Justice condemns the image and calls it a violation of law and Manvel's rights. An investigation is started https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djeyfaHo7Hw

Serj's nephew, who is accused of attempted murder and is on the run, has been submitted to INTERPOL. Police chief Osipyan hopes that soon they'll be able to locate him. I've checked the Interpol database but his name hasn't been added to the website yet. Will keep you updated https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7ePeFkRoFg

Armenia will produce Kalashnikov AK12 and AK15 weapons after signing an agreement with the company. Minister of Defense is currently in Russia for negotiations https://news.am/arm/news/467175.html

Exports of fruits and vegetables as of August 2018 have surpassed the total exports of 2017. https://news.am/arm/news/467178.html

2017 FIDE World Cup winner Levon Aronyan plays a draw with the world champion Magnus Karlsen in St. Louis. Aronyan, Karlsen, Mammedyarov and Grischuk share the 1-4th spots with equal points so far https://news.am/arm/news/467140.html

Ahead of Angela Merkel's visit to Caucasus countries, Azerbaijan bans one of the members of the German delegation for having visited Republic of Artsakh without the Aliyev regime's permission https://armenpress.am/arm/news/944426/


Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/996w13/anticorruption_8212018_new_busts_in_illegal/


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