2018 July 27

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Anti-Corruption Daily

Anti-Corruption 7/27/2018: BREAKING EDITION: 1) President Kocharyan will be placed under arrest - court rules 2) Yerevan State University ends "donations" to HHK-linked foundation, to increase employee salaries by up to 15%. 3) Criminal case against s... (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.


Kocharyan will be arrested, says the attorney moments after the court has finished the session. LIVE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkfRJXLJ3Bs

An attorney explains what President Kocharyan is accused of doing. I'll give you the TLDR because that's what you're here for:

"People were protesting the official election results on February 23rd, 2008. There was NO state of emergency. That day, Kocharyan Defense Minister (after consulting with Kocharyan) issues the infamous executive order 0038, which instructed Yuri Khacaturov (also being prosecuted) to form a task force involving the MILITARY. This is against the Constitutional order, because the military can not be used in politics unless there is a state of emergency. Kocharyan declares state of emergency only on March 1st, a week after he had already involved the military. According to law, presidents can not be prosecuted while they are a president. Presidents can be prosecuted only for illegal orders once their term is over, which is what's happening now."

Read the full interview with the attorney here http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/142449

High ranking military official and the chairman of Russia-led military bloc Yuri Khachaturov is officially accused of conspiring with 2nd president Robert Kocharyan and former defense minister to topple the Constitutional order on March 1st. Prosecutors petition judge to have him arrested. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/941982/ ----- https://www.azatutyun.am/a/29393877.html

Stepanavan social security department corruption was wider than reported earlier. AMD 500mln damage was done to state by employees registering fake aid recipients. 30mln has been recovered. The director and an employee are on the run, four employees are under arrest https://youtu.be/1zVS2lvj7x8?t=708

HHK has a foundation called Armenian Youth Foundation. The universities were told to contribute certain amounts to it annually. The Pashinyan administration has prohibited state-run universities from giving "donations" to the foundation. As a result, Yerevan State University will save AMD 125mln/year. The staff salaries will be increased by 1-15%. http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/142137 -----Income source of the Foundation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxIw0-2d0es

Colonel, his secretary, and a captain of the army are charged with bribery and possession of illegal ammunition. Colonel and the secretary asked for a bribe to assign the captain to a new position, while the latter possessed large quantities of illegal ammo https://armenpress.am/arm/news/942043/

PM Pashinyan says every mayoral office that has been investigated so far has revealed corruption. Re-assures the Russian-Armenian businessmen that the root cause has been fixed, but for a while, new corruption cases will be revealed, and that it shouldn't discourage investors to come to Armenia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBmcb9Zoblw

Rus-Arm businessman says 15 years ago he invested in a sugar factory in Sevan, then Samvel Aleksanyan (Lfik) came and "took" part of it, and now the the factory is dead. He wants to return, but wants conditions for investment. Pashinyan reminds that IRS won't collect VAT tax for 3 years from new businesses https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sWNyKh8NJM

St. Gregory Illuminator hospital’s audit has revealed a bigger corruption. The damage has reached to AMD 545mln. Article lists the departments and types of corruption https://www.a1plus.am/1634499.html --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKUwXQ8RnBo

... Health Minister : director of St Gregory Illuminator hospital Ara Minasyan (who is related to Serj Sargsyan) has been fired. https://www.a1plus.am/1634556.html

... Gives examples of corruption in the hospital. For example, the government was billed 200K for a 8K health test received by a subsidized patient http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/142485 ---- VIDEO: https://www.a1plus.am/1634678.html

... HHK member Farmanyan and the director's allies aren't happy with the director's ousting www.aysor.am/am/news/2018/07/27/Արսեն-Թորոսյան/1447477

... Education Minister weighs in, calls for Farmanyan to come to senses and reject the old corrupt system http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/142473

Taron Margaryan ally in Zibilix election fraud case has been arrested https://armenpress.am/arm/news/941977/

Multiple social security employees in Ararat Province are under a criminal investigation for demanding bribes from recipients in exchange for not removing their names from the recipient list https://armenpress.am/arm/news/942035/

A citizen from Ararat province voluntarily returns hundreds of military items stolen from the army https://www.aysor.am/am/news/2018/07/27/%D4%B1%D6%80%D5%A1%D6%80%D5%A1%D5%BF/1447349

Car servicing companies which abused licensing and hid income are repaying damages. AMD 81mln more is paid so far https://www.a1plus.am/1634599.html

Another Sasna Tsrer member is released after Tsarukyan bloc pays the bail money https://armenpress.am/arm/news/941995/

ARF (Dashnak) and HHK (Republican) release official statements condemning prosecutor's decision to charge Kocharyan with March 1st events. https://www.azatutyun.am/a/29394028.html

BHK (Tsarukyan), Heritage (Raffi Hovhanissian) and ANC (Ter-Petrosyan) come out in favor of investigation against Kocharyan https://www.aysor.am/am/news/2018/07/27/%D5%8C%D5%B8%D5%A2%D5%A5%D6%80%D5%BF-%D5%94%D5%B8%D5%B9%D5%A1%D6%80%D5%B5%D5%A1%D5%B6-%D5%B0%D5%B5%D5%A4/1447235

https://www.aysor.am/am/news/2018/07/27/%D4%BA%D5%A1%D5%BC%D5%A1%D5%B6%D5%A3%D5%B8%D6%82%D5%A9%D5%B5%D5%B8%D6%82%D5%B6/1447317

Political parties have agreed on measures to increase female MP count in Parliament. Financial and other entry barriers will be reduced https://armenpress.am/arm/news/942006/ ——— debates here https://www.a1plus.am/1634547.html

ANOTHER ONE! Gagik Karapetyan wins gold medal in European 85KG weightlifting youth competition. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/942018/

Armenia sent 3 students to Physics Olympiad in Portugal. Results: One 2nd place and two 3rd place https://www.a1plus.am/1634594.html

Vegetable exports, mainly to Russia, have grown by 68%. Apricots by 77%. https://www.a1plus.am/1634591.html

Blogger Vlad Mosesov publishes the footage of his controversial visit to Artsakh, which made him a target of racist attacks and threats against family https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWYwW-iZeA4

US House Representatives and "Mad Dog" Mattis approve a measure that will allow President Trump to make exceptions and not apply sanctions against countries which purchase weapons from certain Russian manufacturers, if the buyer country also has good relations with USA. https://www.azatutyun.am/a/29393471.html

Christiano Ronaldo is found guilty of tax avoidance by the Spanish court. Faces a 2-year probation, 5 5mln Euro tax repayment, 3mln penalty. https://www.azatutyun.am/a/29394232.html


Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/92fyo4/anticorruption_7272018_breaking_edition_1/


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