2018 July 6

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Anti-Corruption Daily

Anti-corruption 07/06/2018: 1) Masis mayor and brother arrested again 2) Heart surgery costs reduced after negotiations 3) Commission uncovers dozens of bad licenses issued to private firms on unfair conditions 4) Echmiatsin cathedral displays the Holy Spear as a proof it's still there (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.


На Русском (in Russian) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njMFK9KLp3E

New criminal case against Masis mayor and his brother regarding hooliganism against the Velvet Revolution participants, and damage to property. The mayor is arrested again. His brother was arrested later. https://youtu.be/cqGL6weIv8I?t=1188

Kapan's HHK mayor resigns. Cites the public displeasure with his policies. https://youtu.be/cqGL6weIv8I?t=981

Health Ministry's negotiations succeed. Erebuni hospital reduces coronary heart "tube" surgery costs from 1.1mln to 900k, at their own expense. The second and following procedures will cost only 400k. https://med.news.am/arm/news/18746/erebuni-bk-n-zgalioren-ijecnum-e-stentavorman-gnery.html

A commission is investigating the methods that were used to issue licenses to private firms to explore natural resources. Irregularities are found in dozens of cases; not enough transparency. A website is being created where any company can participate in the bidding process to win a license to do a specific work. The company that offers the best deal to the government (i.e. same work for lesser money) will win the process. In past, companies with ties to politicians were prioritized because the licensing auction's date and time was purposely made hard to find for the general public. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGmTz4g6mQ4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygrMYBfZghY

The police had confiscated 14 Martiros Saryan paintings from Serj's nephew's residence. The man paid a small part of the deal to the owner during a transaction, but refused to compensate for the rest. https://youtu.be/cqGL6weIv8I?t=1539 Martiros Saryan's great-granddaughter tells a story https://youtu.be/cqGL6weIv8I?t=1539

The police proceeds to file charges against Gagik Tsarukyan's bodyguard for assaulting a man https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxWQZW708B0

More pressure is placed on banks to check the sources of large sums deposited by clients, after Serj's bodyguard's arrest. A specialist says the current anti-money laundering laws that regulate the banks aren't deep enough. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEO5BNefnKc

PM Pashinhyan encourages citizens to be more active in exposing the corruptions they witness https://youtu.be/ns-j--RmgWg?t=40 https://youtu.be/j57kYuckv2M?t=251

In a rare event, Echmiatsin cathedral displays the Holy Lace (Spear of Destiny, spear that punctured Jesus) to the public, to disperse the rumors that it was sold or stolen. The spear is mentioned in the middle ages manuscripts, and was reportedly brought to Armenia from Israel by Thaddeus. In recent times, a small fraction from its handle was cut off and donated to a cathedral in Russia, which served the basis of conspiracy theories about the spear being "sold or stolen". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDBnU_Mx1NQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PD-6sIO-6lM

PM's cabinet will use eco-friendly pens Made in Armenia https://youtu.be/OxWQZW708B0?t=87

Adrshinbank has already begun the process of cancelling some of the debt and obligations for borrowers. More details here: https://news.am/arm/news/460454.html

Armenia is preparing for Vardavar https://youtu.be/80Ol-iKb7b4?t=289

Georgian president's son-in-law is wounded after a gun attack https://news.am/arm/news/460467.html

Pakistan former PM Nawaz Sharif is sentenced to 10 years in prison for corruption. The investigation was initiated after Panama Papers became public. https://youtu.be/cqGL6weIv8I?t=1925


Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/8wobj1/anticorruption_07062018_1_masis_mayor_and_brother/


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