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2018 December 7

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Anti-Corruption Daily

Anti-Corruption Dec/7/2018: 2nd president Kocharyan arrested after a court verdict; INTERPOL finds Serj's fugitive son; North-South highway company director charged with embezzlement; Audit shows 700mln more undelivered products to military; 42 school officials investigated for corr.; more below....
by ar_david_hh

All the accused are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law. Currency in Armenian Drams unless specified otherwise.

Robert Kocharyan will be arrested, rules the Appeals Court, keeping the Lower Court's verdict in place. The defense insisted that former presidents have an immunity, while the prosecutors insisted the Constitution revokes the immunity if a serious crime is committed. Kocharyan's defense team plans to take the case to European Court of Human Rights. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/957314.html -------- Analysis: https://youtu.be/-Yux-Weu5nQ?t=162

... Kocharyan turns himself in to Yerevan-Center Penitentiary https://armenpress.am/arm/news/957357.html

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INTERPOL and Armenian police have found Serj Sargsyan's fugitive son nephew in Prague. He had a fake Guatemalan passport showing his name as Franklin Gonzalez. The Armenian side has begun an extradition case. Narek Gonzalez Sargsyan is wanted for a possession and trafficking of weapons, drugs and explosives. Some of his alleged accomplices were caught earlier and agreed to testify. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/957331.html

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Criminal charges are filed against the director of one of the sections of North-South project, after it is uncovered that his company purposely embezzled 873mln. This is the company that was supposed to oversee the quality of the asphalt. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/957299.html

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Audits reveal more cases when the companies that won supply contracts for Defense Ministry haven't done their properly. Total of 700mln in state funds was wasted by under-delivering. The companies are issued a warning, while the ministry officials in charge of overseeing the licensing are under an investigation. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/957280.html

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NSS Vanetsyan says his phone conversations were edited to leave out specific parts to bolster the leaker's narrative. Will give a press conference on December 15th https://armenpress.am/arm/news/957375.html

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Investigative Committee releases stats about its own anti-corruption work in the schools for 2018. They've opened 75 cases, 42 defendants including directors, rectors and other high ranking officials. They've recovered 35.9mln out of 39.1mln. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/957366.html

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Pashinyan and Aliyev met during a dinner in Russia, discussed a prisoner swap deal. Pashinyan rejected all for all swap but will discuss with Artsakh president about other options. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/957318.html

... Pashinyan met Belarus president Lukashenko. They discussed the recent diplomatic jabs around CSTO president's seat. He won't reveal details as it's a secret, says he's satisfied with the conversation. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/957319.html

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Health institutions will receive 2,400 newly built laptops designed in Armenia https://armenpress.am/arm/news/957340.html

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Ministry of Labour has begun a new pilot program to subsidize childcare for mothers who choose to return to work sooner than the 3-year free vacation they get after birth. The government pays up to 55k salary for child care nanny, who can be anyone including the child's grandparents. This will allow the mother not to fall behind in her career path. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/957241.html

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HHK MP preserves his immunity 5th time after Parliament fails to register enough MPs to vote on stripping his immunity away http://armtimes.com/hy/article/150062

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How much have political parties spent on campaign propaganda so far? (there is a legal limit of 500mln each)

HHK 114mln (10mln left in account), QP 94mln (42mln left), BHK 70mln (10mln left), ARF 29mln (4mln left), Bright Armenia 24mln (7mln left), Menq 9mln (11mln left), Sasna Tsrer 9mln (1mln left)... more in article https://factor.am/106290.html

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Today is 30th anniversary of Spitak Earthquake of 1988.

40% of the country including 21 cities and 324 villages were partially or fully damaged. 25k people died, 100k wounded, 19k became disabled, 530k homeless, 120k evacuated out of whom 75k left Armenia, Spitak city and neighboring villages were completely destroyed, 80% of Gyumri city were destroyed, large damages to Vanadzor, 114 countries sought to help the affected,

http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/263184/

... The church donates 10 houses to families who suffered from the 1988 earthquake http://armtimes.com/hy/article/150046

... Charles Aznavour's son Nikola Aznavour had donated 8 houses to families http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/150145 ---------- https://youtu.be/a53Ut_Ta-f8?t=144

... Residents of affected areas have sent letters of gratitude to the embassies of 114 countries for their support on 1988 http://armtimes.com/hy/article/150102

... TIL: Georgian president Georgi Margvelashvili was serving in a military office in Armenia during the Spitak earthquake. http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/150143

... On 2012, a Japanese company was hired to assess earthquake risks if a large earthquake were to strike Armenia. They found 3 active seismic fractures which prevent a free movement of land masses and create a tension, which can be released in the form of an earthquake.

The most active fracture, which passes through Garni and is 200km in length, is unlikely to cause major damages until year 2679 because a "big one" would strike once every 1,000 years.

The other fractures can cause two big earthquakes too, each of which can kill avg 11k-31k residents and wound 31k if it happened near Yerevan. In the worst case scenario, 85k would die. Around 20% of high raises would collapse which means 860 residential such buildings (or 2k for worst case earthquake), 33% of single home houses or 13.8k houses would collapse.

The government has its separate worst-case assessment for a 7.0 strength earthquake, which assumes up to 34.8k destroyed buildings and 162k deaths and 119k wounded

http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/263193/

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Geghard monastery receives the highest Enhanced Protection status by UNESCO, becoming the first historical sight in Armenia with a such status http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/150141 ------- http://www.unesco.org/new/en/culture/themes/armed-conflict-and-heritage/protection/enhanced-protection/

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Kudo team wins 2 silver and 4 bronze medal in World Championship help in Japan https://factor.am/106005.html

All the accused are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law. Currency is in Armenian Drams unless specified otherwise.

Edit: Serj's nephew was wanted by INTERPOL, not his son.

Link to original report: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/a43mal/anticorruption_dec72018_2nd_president_kocharyan/

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