2018 August 9

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Anti-Corruption Daily

Anti-Corruption 8/9/2018: 1) PM's office contacts World Bank, asks for help to identify corrupt Armenian officials who laundered money 2) Veolia Water being raided 3) IRS increases # of items people can import before paying customs fees 4) Criminal case against 10... (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.


First Deputy PM Ararat Mirzoyan writes a letter to World Bank and Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative international group, asking for help to identify the Armenian politicians who stole and laundered money out of Armenia. Suggests that the fight to identify and bring back the stolen money has begun https://armenpress.am/arm/news/943386/

The police is searching Veolia Water offices. The company, which delivers drinking water, has been accused of possible corruption, and has received numerous complaints about the work quality. Veolia welcomes the searches and vows to fix any mistakes found by the authorities https://news.am/arm/news/465726.html ------ https://youtu.be/xodzIjixQWI?t=1040

NSS chief says the weapons found in former PM Abrahamyan Muk's family factory are suspected to have been used by persons who weren't law enforcement members, during the March 1st murders. Will need more investigation to find out if that's the case. Hovik Abrahamyan and Seyran Ohaynan are currently not primary suspects in March1st events. Hovik (Muk) himself denies any knowledge of those weapons and says the factory doesn't belong to him (it's his family's). www.aysor.am/am/news/2018/08/09/ԱԱԾ-տնօրեն/1451585 --- https://armenpress.am/arm/news/943304/ ----- ENGLISH https://www.azatutyun.am/a/29422311.html

PM's office submits corruption findings to NSS. The latter investigates and finds that 10 companies took AMD 10bln from Defense Ministry to provide various items to the military between 2009-2017, but haven't yet delivered most of the products. The ones that were delivered were of a poor quality cheap items, which costed far less than what they were supposed to cost based on the paperwork. Criminal case is launched. The exact damages are being calculated www.aysor.am/am/news/2018/08/09/աած/1451756 ------ https://youtu.be/xodzIjixQWI?t=75

Apartment complex residents are picketing on front of the government. Their building has a roof issue, which is not being taken care of by the building supervisor, who continues to collect maintenance fees from apartments. Residents don't know how the funds are being spent. The supervisor has allegedly bragged that the residents can't fire her because she is friends with former Yerevan mayor Taron Margaryan and the district supervisor. The residents also claim that she steals the aid distributed to residents with disability, and sells it on the market. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioM2pv3zSLI

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Former director of a Kotayk hospital is facing felony charges for stealing donated medical equipment worth over AMD 2.3mln https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOv70qtdxPw

The number of Social Security staff in Stepenavan, who were earlier charged with organized crime and embezzlement, has increased to 21. Two more workers are being wanted by the police http://investigative.am/news/view/stepanavano-socap-21-mexadryal.html

Tekh residents demand the mayor's resignation. He is accused of embezzlement and years of abuse of power. The governor has invited them to meet in his office for talks https://news.am/arm/news/465717.html

Government has allowed a private investor to invest $195mln in Meghri free economic zone https://armenpress.am/arm/news/943285/

... A company has been given a 3-year tax-free work permit to invest AMD 850mln and create a fire extinguisher producing factory https://armenpress.am/arm/news/943291/

... An agricultural technology company will receive a 3-year tax-free permit to invest AMD 2.6bln and create jobs. Most of the food will be exported https://armenpress.am/arm/news/943292/

... more companies here www.aysor.am/am/news/2018/08/09/Արտոնություններ/1451677

PM Pashinyan says the "government is too big", hinting that a series of spending cuts will take place in the form of staff reforms https://armenpress.am/arm/news/943324/

IRS chief says more personal items are now allowed to be imported without paying customs duties. E.g dairy and meat import limit will be increased ten-fold (3KG to 30KG), before the person will need to pay fees. Non-consumable vegetation limits increased from 5 unit to 15 unit, 2KG to 50KG. Consumable vegetation 5KG to 15KG, etc. https://news.am/arm/news/465684.html

.... he wants the public to be aware of the limits so they can inform the authorities of any corrupt official who demands fees for something that should be free to import. https://www.a1plus.am/1636656.html ------ https://armenpress.am/arm/news/943325/

Ijevan-Noyemberyan 18km road is being repaired and widened https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qs3_9bW2u3Q

Recalculating... NSS chief says the previous director and another employee of All-Armenia Fund Yerevan Fund have wasted AMD 1.8bln https://news.am/arm/news/465705.html

Ministry of Education signs a 5-year deal with US Peace Corps to provide professional teaching skills to English teachers in Armenia to improve the language knowledge in the country https://armenpress.am/arm/news/943295/

PM's office meets the soldiers who were complaining that their military books are missing notes of their participation in April Battles in Artsakh. The office will study the files and make a decision https://armenpress.am/arm/news/943369/

6 more children are now able to hear with the help of an implant, done by the doctors from UCLA and Erebuni medical center. Hundreds of kids have received the implants so far https://youtu.be/f7lm_flh9MI?t=29

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PM Pashinyan met the United Arab Emirates ambassador. He's trying to convince UAE to invest in Armenia 💲 https://armenpress.am/arm/news/943367/

... and Lebanon too. Soon a group of Lebanese private investors and government officials will arrive to hold talks www.aysor.am/am/news/2018/08/09/Լիբանանցիներ/1451747

NO ONE IS IMMUNE! A Monk in Thailand gets a 114 year sentence for corruption and embezzlement https://news.am/arm/news/465735.html


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