2018 July 30

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Anti-Corruption Daily

Anti-Corruption 7/30/2018: 1) Velvet administration removes barriers protecting certain monopolies; sugar price down 16%, banana down 50%. 2) Another vast network of social aid fraud uncovered involving 87 people and officials 3) Ex-mayor of Echmiatsin had more questional spendings 4) Mayor..(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.


After the Pashinyan administration removed the political barriers that were helping sugar and banana importer monopolists, the prices have gone down significantly. Sugar is now 16% cheaper compared to the beginning of 2018, with more companies importing and processing it. Banana prices were halved to AMD 450 in average (compared to few months earlier) because more companies are importing it, according to the latest report. Earlier, one banana company was importing 90% of the supply. www.aysor.am/am/news/2018/07/30/Արտակ-Շաբոյան-շաքարավազ-բենզին/1448302 ——- https://youtu.be/x5wkh-mpWAc --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI3CnsYzAdo ---- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMriWDLeQcg

... from January, 2018. Pashinyan criticizing certain HHK-linked individuals for monopolies in sugar and banana business https://youtu.be/GbcRbWfBIus?t=439

Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs cooperated with the authorities in 8 provinces to uncover a network of corruption. 87 employees in social aid departments are charged with 166 crimes. They required AMD 35mln bribes from 174 aid recipients before including them as recipients, falsified documents and embezzled AMD 8mln. www.aysor.am/am/news/2018/07/30/ոստիկանություն/1448417 --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_c8UfHmJpU

Former mayor of Sarukhan is charged with falsifying documents with the intention of avoiding vehicle ownership taxes and causing AMD 31mln damage to the state https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUySvoxB1fI

--- https://armenpress.am/arm/news/942199/

Acting mayor of Echmiatsin finds more questionable spending records by the former mayor (general Manvel’s son). He spent AMD 170mln on city festivities while most of that money went to one mysterious company which wasn’t specialized in providing such services. Suspiciously large amounts were spent on things that should have costed less. Article breaks down the costs. (Earlier, the acting mayor found other suspicious spending records and submitted the results to the governor’s office) https://armenpress.am/arm/news/942134/

Corruption busts by Syunik province authorities has increased by 3.5x compared to 2017 period https://armenpress.am/arm/news/942155/

State Oversight Service audits the government-linked energy company's inventory and finds that 26tons of copper parts worth minimum AND 52mln were missing. Evidence is found that the servicing company Energanorogum is involved in its disappearance. Case is submitted to prosecutors https://armenpress.am/arm/news/942180/

The Yerevan police department has hired a paint cleaning company to remove the old double-lines from the streets to reduce the confusion and unnecessary citations. Traffic lights will be placed higher and above the traffic, as opposed to close to the sidewalks. Proposal is made to place traffic signs in more visible areas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX8XlTLKe1k

The government has provided AMD 11bln in aid (unrelated to Pashinyan's project of issuing grants with the recovered stolen funds) to farmers at low interest rates. The loan issuers say in the old days, most people would borrow the money and use it for buying cars or throwing a wedding party, but these days they've noticed a trend towards more responsible spending that results in better businesses. Businesses also receive low interest loans https://youtu.be/wjPbBL7pqwg?t=22

Ministry of Territorial Development and the police will be tougher on trash dumping in unauthorized places. The offender will receive a warning the first time, followed by a fine of 15,000 for the second offense. Around 10 garbage processing facilities with international standards will be built to process the country's waste https://armenpress.am/arm/news/942125/

PM Pashinyan fires the secretary of social security services Minas Minasyan https://www.a1plus.am/1634998.html

Earlier, Armenia proposed tougher consumer protection laws for EEU ( Eurasian Economic Union) to prevent companies from selling products with misleading labels. Proposal will become a law beginning 2019. For example, sour cream-like producers that use vegetable oil instead of dairy seen in real sourt cream will have to properly label it as a non-sour cream product. Food Safety Committee will also monitor the existence of antibiotics and other elements in milk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hF2g2B3x_Q

5 startups with the best ideas from Sevan Startup Summit 2018 were invited to meet “angel investors”. Hundreds of others received funding and assistance on how to advance their business. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InsSUBGiWpU

--- https://armenpress.am/arm/news/942165/

It’s been 16 days since the mentally ill man crossed the border with Azerbaijan. Family has submitted requests to speak with him but hasn’t received a response yet. International human rights law says the family has right to talk to the person within 7 days of submitting a petition https://armenpress.am/arm/news/942181/

Georgia Supreme Court legalizes the consumption of marijuana https://news.am/arm/news/464261.html ---- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuLTpY8SPes

Former president Robert Kocharyan isn't the only high ranking country leader who has faced corruption charges. This video presents trials against dozens of other high ranking officials from around the world https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb0_OzyJAJU

2016 study: 33% of respondents believe homosexuality is a result of bad parenting, 20% believe the science can't truly explain what causes it, 15% believe it's a result of male/female hormones, 12% believe it's a personal choice, 60% believe gays are harmful to children, 56% believe all gays carry HIV, 42% believe gays are creative and sensitive individuals, 50% believe lesbians hate men, 33% believe lesbians are strong and independent women, 33% believe lesbians are aggressive, 78% say there is no need to have organizations tasked with protecting LGBT rights, 90% believe LGBT should not display public affection and should keep their homosexuality private, 90% believe LGBT should not work in childcare or "child industry", 91% say they have never met an LGBT person https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dle0pP1Rc80

Welcome back to your childhood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mNhxi_D5kE


Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/937pdr/anticorruption_7302018_1_velvet_administration/


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