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2018 November 28

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Anti-Corruption Daily

Anti-Corruption Nov/28/2018: IT'S HAPPENING! Millions in suspected stolen funds to be returned to budget by Serj's family, Manvel, Kocharyan ally; Taron's staff and 9 others plead guilty to 2017 Yerevan election fraud; $15mln foreign bank accounts frozen; school staff and a mayor charged. (more..)
by ar_david_hh

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

PM Pashinyan says Serj Sargsyan's brother Alexander Sargsyan, who is under an investigation for fraud, has agreed to return $30mln funds to the state. The funds will be used primarily for the army. He says a transitional justice system is needed because the country is going though unusual times. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/956207.html --- http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/149384 --- VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASx1RDNdRCc

... says the former customs duty chief Armen Avetisyan, a Kocharyan ally, has agreed to give his $20mln Golden Palace hotel as a "gift to the state". Says there are cases totaling AMD 64bln that need to be returned. Some investigators are working on 50 cases simultaneously.

... Backstory: NSS has earlier said they have information about Kocharyan's involvement in a corruption deal involving the Golden Palace hotel. It has been under an investigation for several months now.

http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/149378 ---- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9_rd7TBfIU

SIS chief Sasun Khachatryan talks about March 1st investigation progress. Says over 1,000 people have been questioned so far, 40 locations have been searched, 85 confiscations, 23 examinations, 146 weapons and large quantities of ammunition are being forensically examined.

... Backstory: earlier, SIS had discovered that the previous chief March 1st investigator and high ranking police officers colluded to hide the army's involvement in March 1st murders by firing bullets from police weapons, then using their empty shells to replace the army weapon shells collected from the March 1st crime scene. An arrest warrant was issued against the suspects. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/956147.html ---- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLES48BGeJg

... SIS chief says HHK Taron Margaryan's staff member and SAS Supermarket director have plead guilty of election fraud and $170,000 bribery case widely known as Zibilix. 11 people are charged with the crime, and they have all accepted the guilt. 200 people were questioned, 64 search warrants issued, some confiscations.

... Backstory: On 2017, they were caught distributing bribes to get Margaryan elected as Yerevan mayor. The HHK administration closed the case, but it was re-opened after the revolution. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/956153.html

... SIS chief says some of Manvel "Tushonka" Grigoryan's real estate was obtained illegally. He has submitted a request to Minister of Territorial Integrity to begin the return of 40 such pieces of land and property back to the state. 200 people were questioned, 72 search warrants executed. The confiscated documents have revealed that most of his property deals had violated the law. Bank accounts of 4 individuals have been frozen. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/956159.html

... Backstory: A month ago, Manvel had agreed to return $11mln worth land and property to the state. At the time, we didn't know any details about the situation, but now it appears that he knew that he was going to get charged soon. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/956159.html

... SIS chief says they've sent dozens of requests to foreign countries to get details of Armenian politicians' bank accounts. Around AMD 139mln of stolen funds have been recovered, $15mln in banks accounts are currently frozen, as well as real estate with hundreds of thousands of dollars. The cases will be submitted to court soon. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/956162.html

NSS and the Investigative Committee have launched a criminal investigation against Karmrashen's former mayor for embezzling AMD 5.5mln funds that were meant for low income citizens and construction https://armenpress.am/arm/news/956109.html

Criminal cases are launched against Shirak's gov-funded Nalbandyan school staff for theft of student funds, and in another case after a student testified that he gave a bribe to the teacher in exchange for a favorable grade http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/149353

NSS chief Vanetsyan says they have suspects in the illegal wiretapping case, but not enough evidence to press charges, because the culprits are professionals who wiped their traces. Says the suspects are from Armenia and not abroad. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/956140.html

.... says the NSS is aware of certain groups, not part of any political party, who are preparing to distribute bribes during the December Parliamentary elections. These groups may try to influence local "rating" elections through means of bribery and pressure. He warns them not to go for any illegal action. Says the police is in charge of the situation but NSS could help with intel if necessary. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/956146.html

Yerevan mayor Marutyan will begin routinely accepting citizens to his office to discuss issues, for the first time in city's history. http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/149343

HHK Ashotyan and Shawarmazanov criticize Pashinyan in their campaign speech, say HHK won't be threatened https://youtu.be/xmXrPv91rW8?t=12


https://youtu.be/vUOpWLJ3Q7g?t=10

Veolia Water has agreed to cancel the planned AMD 14 water price hike for 2019. Yesterday, PM Pashinyan said the government negotiated with the company to keep the prices the same for 5 years. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/956128.html

President Sarkissian is having a meeting with German businesses, pitches investment deals, says the companies can have access to EEU (Russia-led economic bloc) through Armenia. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/956157.html

... German Fraunhofer institute has agreed to make tech-investments in Armenia https://armenpress.am/arm/news/956229.html

... Sarkissian has met Angela Merkel. The latter says the German side is preparing a deal regarding a cooperation with TUMO center in Armenia. They've also discussed tourism and possible ways to relax the visa system between the two states. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/956252.html

Spanish GlobalTech firm will invest in Armenia to train high skilled farmers, create a large farm, and make other improvements in the agriculture https://hetq.am/hy/article/98580

Pashinyan encourages gas stations to install public toilets to make the life more comfortable for tourists, says the law currently requires it. Encourages gas station owners who earn millions not to be stingy. https://youtu.be/6xwU8xPpUBs?t=350

EEU is holding its last session for 2018 in Belarus. Tax and agricultural related issues were discussed. Armenian delegation will preside over the 2019 sessions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBKT6K-G7Yo

Magnus Carlsen defends his title of a world chess champion the 4th time by defeating Fabiano Caruana https://www.a1plus.am/1651564.html

Link to original report: https://old.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/a1ac07/anticorruption_nov282018_its_happening_millions/

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