2018 November 29
Anti-Corruption Nov/29/2018: Hospital director charged with embezzlement; another mayor down; pro-Saakashvili candidate loses in Georgia elections; billions of AMD to be invested after tax waivers; (more below)
All the accused are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law. Currency in Armenian Drams unless specified otherwise.
A criminal case is launched against Masis hospital's former director for embezzlement of large sums, after he registered 4 people as employees who never came to work, stole fuel funds, broke laws while making unauthorized purchases worth dozens of millions, stole the money received through property rent http://armtimes.com/hy/article/149439
The NSS and prosecutors have uncovered criminal actions by the former mayor of Aygedzor. He is accused of abuse of power and theft of large quantities of construction materials https://armenpress.am/arm/news/956340.html
While criticizing the previous Armenian leaders, PM Pashinyan says Robert Kocharyan's sons served in the army in Yerevan. One of them was given a job of a driver while the other served in a military building in Yerevan. Kocharyan's son denies, publishes his photo from the frontlines, admits that he received a favorable treatment from the military administration. http://armtimes.com/hy/article/149448 ---- http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/149513
... during a rally in Gegharquniq, Pashinyan criticized the most popular restaurant in Armenia for not printing sales receipts, thus hiding the real income from the government. Pashinyan called for all businesses to pay their dues.
... Says the government is too big and slow, and some workers will be laid off after the administration helps them to find new jobs. http://armtimes.com/hy/article/149459
Ejmiatsin's new mayor says 174,290.6 m2 land in Ejmiatsin, illegally obtained by Manvel Tushonka Grigoryan, will be returned to the city https://factor.am/103637.html
The government grants a multi-year tax waiver to Artiki Inc. so it can invest AMD 6bln on a textile factory in Shirak province. 112 jobs with avg AMD 180k salary will be created. The factory will produce AMD 1.6bln products annually, most of which will be consumed domestically, while some will be exported to EEU https://armenpress.am/arm/news/956300.html
...Dunder Mifflin has a new competitor. The government waves the taxes for Edgar Partners paper processing company so it can invest additional AMD 450mln. The company will produce products worth AMD 950mln annually https://armenpress.am/arm/news/956295.html
... Another company will invest AMD 8bln to produce gas canisters in Armenia. 120 jobs with 150k salary to be opened. 50bln annual production, most of which will be exported to EEU and other countries. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/956294.html
... Multi Solar company has received a tax waiver to invest AMD 967mln for a construction of a solar farm, which will employ 97 workers with avg 192k salary in Abovyan city. http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/262883/
... AMD 3mln aid to 7 villagers near the border who were unable to collect the harvest due to a recent arson attack by the Azeri soldiers who set the field on fire http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/262872/
... First Deputy PM Ararat Mirzoyan says the minimum aid for elderly and disabled will increase my 56% beginning January 1st of 2019. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/956274.html
... the farmers who lost over 50% of the harvest due to hail on 2018 will receive a AMD 487mln aid package https://hetq.am/hy/article/98605
...5 more provinces have received a AMD 187mln aid to repair the infrastructure, parks and various buildings https://armenpress.am/arm/news/956299.html
Health Minister Torosyan says an Iranian medical company and its subsidiary in Armenia have invested in radiation treatment equipment. Armenia will have the lowest prices in the whole region. The company will treat 60 patient for free annually. The Health Ministry will also spend AMD 100mln from the budget to provide a free care for 200 patients annually, made possible by the increase in health expenditure in the 2019 budget http://armtimes.com/hy/article/149462
What do political parties think about taxes?
ARF: Favors progressive brackets (current system) for income tax and also progressive land/property tax. Disagrees that flat taxation can solve income inequality.
QP: Removal of higher tax brackets. Flat 23% tax until 2023, then 20%. Conclusion was made after calculating that the higher brackets encourage the grey economy, which causes more harm then good. The decision was supported by previous PM Karen Karapetyan, who had plans to revert his progressive brackets but was unable to do so due to revolution. QP supports the expansion of Luxury Tax to include more items and payees. Wants to reduce double-taxation. More favorable taxation in provinces to encourage business growth. Small businesses with less than AMD 24mln will be exempt from taxation.
Sasna Tsrer: exempt the tech sector from taxation. Small and medium businesses to get a 2-year tax waiver.
Bright Armenia (some of Yelp Alliance folks): increase taxes on large businesses. Businesses with less than AMD 60mln income in the past 3 years to be exempt from taxation for 3 years. Luxury Tax. Reduction of taxable items. Possibility of excluding entire business fields from taxation.
BHK: 5-year tax waiver for businesses making <AMD 30mln. Reduction of taxes in general. Progressive tax brackets.
Menq alliance (other Yelp folks): no taxes from <AMD 50mln businesses. 50-200mln = 5%, 200-500mln = 9%. Five year tax waiver to businesses who invest $10mln and open >100 jobs. No import taxes for agricultural, industrial and medical products. Tech sector pays less taxes.
OEK: no taxes from <AMD 25mln businesses. Increased taxation of casinos and gambling centers. Less taxation from regions suffering from 1988 earthquake. https://www.civilnet.am/news/2018/11/29/Հարկեր․-ինչ-են-առաջարկում-քաղաքական-ուժերը/349478
A HHK member says Serj Sargsyan didn't hold any meeting before his resignation. The party found out about it from the news. Serj apparently later told them he did so to prevent the MPs from trying to convince him to stay http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/262895/
The Swedish Parliament hosts a gallery about the Armenian Genocide. Today is the 70th anniversary of UN declaration condemning genocides. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/956312.html
Charles Aznavour's son Nikola Aznavour is learning Armenian so he can spend more time in the country, and possibly move there http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/149514
Salome Zurabishvili wins Georgian presidential elections with almost a 20% margin. Her opponent Vashadze, who promised to grant a pardon to Michael Saakashvili, has failed to receive the necessary votes from the 3rd-place candidate's base who was eliminated after the first round of elections. The Armenian leadership has congratulated Zurabishvili.
...Vashadze has rejected the election results, citing alleged violations and state resources being used to support his opponent, and called for peaceful demonstrations. The winning party chief's charity foundation had earlier promised to spend $560mln for 600k voters to pay off their loans, which was seen as a bribery. OSCE says "the elections met the standards, although the media was dis-proportionally in favor of the winning candidate". ISFD monitors have spotted supporters of the winning candidate outside of some of the polling locations with lists in their hands, possibly checking to see if certain individuals were showing up to vote. Vashadze claims these voters were bribed.
... Zurabishvili was viewed more favorably by the ethnic Armenian voters of Georgia, while the Azeri community favored Vashadze. Zurabishvili had earlier met the Armenian voters and complained that Mikael Saakashvili unfairly preferred Azeris over Armenians while issuing citizenship papers to minorities, a move that was criticized by the Saakashvili and Azeris.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-georgia-election/ruling-party-candidate-wins-georgia-presidential-runoff-idUSKCN1NW2O9 --- https://www.rferl.org/a/georgian-presidential-runoff-pits-rivals-two-main-factions-/29625165.html ---- https://eurasianet.org/opposition-challenges-results-in-georgias-presidential-election --- https://www.civilnet.am/news/2018/11/29/Georgian-Presidential-Election-Deemed-%E2%80%98A-Big-Step-Backwards%E2%80%99-Compared-with-2012/349496
Link to original report: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/a1lfsi/anticorruption_nov292018_hospital_director/
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