2018 December 31
All the accused are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law. Currency in Armenian Drams unless specified otherwise.
State Oversight Committee had earlier begun auditing large universities and found corruption in some of them, such as the Agrarian University.
On Friday, they published the audit results for Yerevan State University, according to which at least 800mln in damages was done to the state by the university. The prosecutor's office has taken over the case for further investigation.
University's director isn't happy about it. Says the Committee spent unprecedented 5 months examining 9.5bln worth transactions.
On August of 2018, 10 contractor companies were caught under-delivering products to the military throughout 2009-2017. PM Pashinyan's office says 85% of the stolen 7.68bln funds has been recovered.
The law enforcement bodies have returned the computer and four DVDs they confiscated from "Yerevan.Today" media outlet earlier, as part of the investigation of illegal NSS audio leak case, during which Google information (most likely erroneously) showed that the media outlet could have been related to leakers based on article publishing time-frame. The law enforcement left the other computers in place to allow the organization to continue its work, while the organization complained that the confiscation slowed down their work.
Prosecutors earlier pressed charged against the former chief investigator of March 1st events, who is accused of tampering with evidence and covering up the military involvement. His detention was later turned down by a judge, who thought the case against him can continue unobstructed if he is outside of prison cells. Prosecutors later found new evidences and pressed 2 other charged for abuse of power, and are seeking his arrest warrant again, this time in the Higher Court.
The Higher Court judge who was set to hear the case has recused herself from the trial, because her husband worked as a prosecutor and was close friends with the defendant. The trial has been postponed.
PM Pashinyan wins the title of "Politician of the Year" by the Russian "Vedomosti" newspaper's readers (staff picked Merkel). Other candidates were Putin, Merkel, Trump, etc. The readers took into account the peaceful revolution and his big victory in the Parliamentary elections.
Putin's press secretary Peskov says gas price talks will intensify between the two countries. Deputy PM of Armenia had earlier met GazProm's chief in St. Petersburg
Russian GazProm will revise its gas sales price to its Armenia-based subsidiary company GazProm-Armenia, and increase it from $150 to $165 at the border, after the old contract ends.
The GazProm-Armenia will continue to charge the same ~$285 fee to Armenian consumers. Pashinyan has denied the rumors that the consumer price will remain the same in exchange for increasing the debt to Russia, at least not with the current agreements. This means GazProm-Armenia will most likely reduce its own profit and improve the efficiency by reducing losses for now - something that the Parliamentary Gas Price Investigation Committee has been pushing for several months. Gas prices to Armenia have floated between $60-$200 at the border in the past 15 years.
Towards the end of each year, various country leaders negotiate gas prices with the Russian government for the following years. Worsening economic situation in Russia have led to measures to increase their income from external sources. One other such incident is the latest oil price calculation fiasco with Belarus, which will result in billions of dollars in losses for Minsk.
Yerevan municipality joins the Recycle-It project, installs several trash/recycle sorting bins. 80 organizations, 44 schools and 100,000 citizens from these institutions have joined the project to help keep the nature clean.
Hetq compared the average vacation cost between Armenia and Georgia. The latter is about 30% cheaper if you travel to provinces. Vacation in Yerevan, meanwhile, is cheaper than in Tbilisi. Graphs in the article...
Exports rose by 12% on 2018, and reached over $2bln.
The biggest partners are (in million $): Russia 549, Switzerland 262, Bulgaria 193, Germany 127, Iraq 117, Holland 104 ...
Exports through air and other non-ground means rose by 99%. Textile up 75%, plant based foods up 63%, lather/hats/umbrellas up 61%.
Military chief says the army has begun using locally made robots for certain tasks on the front-lines to avoid human casualties. (no other details).
Says hundreds of soldiers voluntarily chose the 3-year conscript option, which pays higher wages, provides education during the service, moves them around during the service, gives more frequent and lengthier vacations.
2014-2015 archive. Armenian soldiers liberated over 10,000 hectare buffer land in Nakhijevan mountains. 7 Azeri soldiers were killed in the clashes.
Famous journalist Petros Ghazaryan, member of BHK and Kentron channel's lead character, has been appointed as the chief of state-run H1 network's political news coverage division. He plans to make reforms and make sure the opposition parties get enough coverage on air.
Beginning January 14th, H1 will have a new staff covering the Parliamentary sessions, more LIVE coverage, more interviews with guests, more movement around. The main news will air at 9:00 PM, which will also include his interviews with guests, like he used to do on Kentron.
Petros says he had received several invitations to lead H1 during Serj administration, but he always turned it down, thinking that the network was not free and was forced to push a specific narrative. He now believes the network can be independent.
Levon Aronyan finishes 4th in Blitz World Chess championship
First snow of Yerevan.
www.civilnet.am/news/2018/12/28/Սպիտակ-Երևանը․-ֆոտոշարք/351345 ------ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KckReoduaM
Snow in Gyumri
New Year livestream from Republic Square
Santas visited a hospital.
Health Minister has a message for you. VERY IMPORTANT!
Link to original report: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/abb10p/anticorruption_dec28312018/
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