2018 December 14
Anti-Corruption Dec/14/2018: // Military prosecutors find more undelivered contracts worth 978mln // HayPost employees arrested for state resource embezzlement // Belarus president apologizes to Pashinyan over CSTO fiasco; wants a fair hearing for Belarus candidate as new CSTO chief // more below...
All the accused are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law. Currency in Armenian Drams unless specified otherwise.
Military prosecutor's office published data about the latest uncovered corruption:
700mln worth products were not delivered from 1.3bln worth contracts. The 620mln were paid ahead of time, out of which only 230mln were delivered. Two criminal cases are launched.
In another instance, a machinery repair contract was signed with a company on 3 occasions, totaling 278mln. The equipment was never repaired. The officials responsible for the enforcement of the contract neglected the case. The investigation continues to find all the people involved in it.
Two HayPost (AM's USPS) employees are arrested as part of an ongoing embezzlement and abuse of power investigation in Vardenis. The suspects allegedly coordinated with employees of social security services to commit identity theft, register unsuspecting citizens as aid recipients in coordination with said social security workers (who are also arrested), to then steal the funds https://armenpress.am/arm/news/958159.html
Belarus president Lukashenko had issued an apology to Pashinyan for "attacking him" earlier around the CSTO chief discussion. He criticized the press for incorrectly reporting the events to create drama. Says during the recent EEU meeting, several country leaders begun issuing apologies for various reasons. He says when Yuri Khachaturov was arrested, him, Putin and Nazarbayev called Pashinyan to ask why they weren't notified ahead of time. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/958218.html ---- http://armtimes.com/hy/article/150648
Lukashenko says the Belorussian candidate for CSTO chief can be just as good for Armenia as an Armenian candidate, and that Pashinyan should consider talking to him then approving his bid as chief. (Members' consensus is needed to appoint a chief. Armenia's role as CSTO chief was set to expire on 2019).
Belarus president Lukashenko says he and Putin asked Serj to give 5 Artsakh regions to Azerbaijan on 2016, but the latter refused, saying that Azeris would use the situation to cut off the rest of Artsakh from Armenia. Lukashenko and Putin then allegedly offered a military involvement if Azeris were to do that, but Serj rejected.
He also says that apparently Azeri president Ilham Aliyev asked Lukashenko to talk to Serj if he wants the Azeri-Georgia gas pipeline to also go through Armenia under some conditions. Lukashenko apparently spoke with Serj about it, but the latter refused.
Lukashenko says it's unfair to blame Belarus for selling Polonez rockets to Azerbaijan. He "took a loan from China to create them, and logically had to make sales". Says he earlier offered them to Armenia too, but they refused, citing the existence of better Iskander missiles in the Armenian arsenal. Says Belarus is only on the 4th place by weapon sales to Azerbaijan.
(Pashinyan had earlier criticized Belarus for selling weapons to Azerbaijan).
Artsakh army chief was removed and appointed as the minister of emergency situations, as part of job shuffling in multiple positions. A news outlet had earlier reported that the military chief was going to be fired, which was denied by the official sources. https://factor.am/108475.html
The court has denied the prosecutor's petition to have former Kocharyan aide and former deputy-PM Armen Grigoryan arrested until his trial. He is accused of aiding to break the constitutional order in March 1st case, pressuring a Constitutional Court judge to validate Serj's 2008 presidential election victory, and various financial crimes. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/958224.html
All-Armenia Fund donations continue. This year's contributions have already surpassed the 2017 number by several millions, hovering around $14.5mln. Russian-Armenian businessman Samvel Karapetyan has donated an additional $2.8mln. Funds from another separate donation event isn't counted towards this number. http://armtimes.com/hy/article/150679
Months earlier, Healthcare Ministry installed feedback machines in hospitals to receive patient opinions. The results are in:
63% are satisfied with their experience. They are more satisfied by doctors than nurses. 50% had to wait in lines and do extensive paperwork. 25% said they had to pay "non-official" fees, over 50% unaware whether their care was subsidized or all completely out of pocket.
The Ministry has encouraged hospitals to make the feedback acceptance a permanent practice.
In the past 2 years, the production of textile and clothing has increased by 39%. Around 40% of it is exported to EU countries. The government is now encouraging EU and Iranian businesses to invest in Armenia so they can have a favorable access to EEU's 180 million market. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/958187.html
Canadian Prime Minister Justin True Dough has called to congratulate Pashinyan with victory. Says the free elections were important for the whole region. Says Canada has a big potential to invest in some areas in the economy. They have agreed to meet again in the near future. https://hetq.am/hy/article/99275
During the soccer match between Arsenal and Azeri Garabagh team, an Armenian fan wearing Artsakh hero Monte Melkonian shirt, ran into the field, waving the Artsakh flag. This pissed off the Garabagh team coach Gurban Gurbanov and player Rashad Sadigov and prompted the latter to try to catch the disruptor on the field, who was eventually apprehended before being able to reach the Arsenal benches to shake Miki's hand. The police later released him.
Arsenal won the game 1:0. Henrikh "always injured or պռոստը հավես չկա" Mkhitaryan did not play the match.
Gagik Khachatryan wins gold in an international athletics competition held in Moscow. Arthur Davtyan, who won a medal yesterday, wins 3 more medals (G, S, B) in various competitions https://armenpress.am/arm/news/958160.html
Link to original report: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/a682ln/anticorruption_dec142018_military_prosecutors/
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