2018 July 10

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Anti-Corruption Daily

Anti-corruption 7/10/2018: 1) 20bln recovered from underpaid taxes in past 2 months 2) War hero S. Babayan returns to Artsakh, initiates negotiations for internal reforms 3) Martik Foundation director charged with theft of 26mln belonging to soldiers 4) Min. of Diaspora to replace a... (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.


Martik "Մարտիկ" Foundation director charged with embezzlement of 26mln. The money belonged to soldiers https://armenpress.am/arm/news/940411.html

Serj's nephew is officially charged with attempted murder (on 2007) with an illegal firearm https://news.am/eng/news/461025.html

Other high ranking officials have also been called for questioning in the March 1st investigation. Investigator won't give the names yet https://youtu.be/rDUHBRoSFDU?t=178

A large scale corruption and abuse of power investigation in Shirak State University. Two high profile employees took bribes in exchange for tuition-free Master's Degree admission. Earlier, they collected over 1bln funds from students and stole about half of the money https://youtu.be/XM53jK1HpI4?list=WL&t=1777

High ranking military officer Yuri Khachaturov (current general secretary of Russia-led CSTO military bloc) will testify in the March 1st investigation https://youtu.be/7lRAKIEJUlo?t=241

PM Pashinyan reports that in the past 2 months, the government has recovered 20bln ($42mln) in underpaid taxes from 73 companies. (Doesn't include $ recovered from theft). The 10bln will be used on rebuilding infrastructure in provinces. https://youtu.be/7lRAKIEJUlo?t=43

The money recovered from two importing companies «Արմ Ընդ Ման» և «Սարգսյան Իմպորտ» unpaid taxes has reached 2.6bln https://armenpress.am/arm/news/940439.html

A commission that observes the work of various government departments has uncovered a corruption case in the energy sector were a theft of equipment worth millions occurred. The information has been submitted to law enforcement https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWBnTfN2s_8

PM Pashinyan reflects the widespread opinion that North-South roadway construction has been inefficient and slow. He has involved the law enforcement to investigate possible corruption. As a reminder, last week the director of the project was fired https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8KWYSlrSXc

PM cabinet, citing possibility of corruption and double-taxation, rejects HHK's proposal that would give local Armenian manufacturers certain advantages. The cabinet has other plans for improvements. https://youtu.be/G4P0YBviheI?t=586

Ministry of Diaspora will submit plans to replace All-Armenia Fund with another organization that will cooperate with the government in building projects. Suggests that the theft of donation money by the director of All-Armenia Fund's Armenia branch wasn't the only issue in the organization; other branches might have corruption too https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5HWWtocm_4

...the corrupt former director of All-Armenia Fund issues an apology statement http://en.a1plus.am/en.a1plus.am/1275920.html

Artsakh war hero Samvel Babayan met with the president of Artsakh for the first time after being released from prison. Discussed the situation on front-lines, and demanded improvements in the internal situation in Artsakh. The president has vowed to implement reforms to improve democracy and reduce the atmosphere of fear and corruption. Babayan promises to join the people and take action himself, shall the president fail to enact the reforms. Doesn't want to become a politician himself. https://youtu.be/56-Zk3PQKW4?t=142

The Azeri-language drugs that were found in circulation have been tested in a lab. The packages contain the correct product and aren't dangerous to health. The drugs were manufactured for Azeri and Turkish consumption, possibly in another country by a German company, before being imported to Armenia under unknown circumstances https://youtu.be/G4P0YBviheI?t=321

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Turkey's Erdogan appoints his son-in-law Berat Albayrak as the Finance Minister. Albayrak has a history of aiding the terrorist organization ISIS to smuggle stolen Syrian oil https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/wikileaks-turkey-isis-oil-minister-email-cache-leaks-claims-a7460736.html

Snake season has arrived. Here is how to act if you've encountered one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeHU4Qr7bP0

Women are allowed to work as a Notary in Saudi Arabia.

The new Chair of the Civil Aviation is a 30 year old woman from Danish-Armenian diaspora http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/141304


Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/8xtz65/anticorruption_7102018_1_20bln_recovered_from/


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