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2018 November 30

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Anti-Corruption Daily

Anti-Corruption Nov/30/2018: ---- Times paper publishes records of Kocharyan sons service, confirming Pashinyan claim that they served in Yerevan under favorable conditions; Ashotyan under investigation for abuse of power ---- (more below)
by ar_david_hh

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

Armenian Times has obtained the records of Kocharyan's sons' army service, which appears to confirm Pashinyan's recent claims that Kocharyan's sons served under favorable conditions in Yerevan, and not in Artsakh.

...the records show that Sedrak Kocharyan served in a Yerevan unit and did not spend the nights in the station. The other son Levon Kocharyan served in a NSS military unit in Yerevan. During his service, he was given a vehicle which he used to go in and out of the military unit without an obstruction, and didn't have any requirements as a driver.

Moreover, Kocharyan's son's photos showing him in a military tent were taken during his visit to a military camp event. After finishing their service, the brothers had $10mln in their bank accounts.

http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/149582

Press F to continue...

The police and NSS have uncovered 3 more cases of embezzlement and abuse of power by public officials and government-funded school directors, through the means of misappropriating funds designated for non-existent employees and expenditures https://armenpress.am/arm/news/956512.html

The former Education Minister HHK Armen Ashotyan was called in for a questioning in an abuse-of-power investigation case that was launched before the revolution, but was stalled until few months ago.

...Backstory: The government usually allocates certain number of free gov-funded seats for students. To solve the shortage of teachers in provinces, the government can give additional free slots to Yerevan students to go to a province and study there for free, with the condition that they will stay there and work as a teacher for a period. A complaint was made that some schools (edu institutions) took millions of AMD to subsidize student tuition, who then refused to stay and work as teachers. The government then demanded the schools to return the subsidized money for breaking the terms. Ashotyan, acting in a good faith according to his version of events, decided to contact the relevant authorities and have them drop the financial claim against the school, in order to prevent the school from possibly going bankrupt and shutting down. His intervention was seen as a possible abuse of power, and an investigation was launched. Ashotyan claims the investigation is a targeted pressure during the election cycle to harm his political goals, although he has been called for questioning multiple times in the past several months, outside of election cycle. http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/149501

Pashinyan mocks Ashotyan's claims that "we are losing Armenia and Artsakh". Says Ashotyan interprets losing his private chauffeurs as losing Armenia. Says his administration is more transparent, and goes Live on Facebook after each meeting with Aliyev, which is an "unprecedented transparency". http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/149574

Education Minister Araik Harutyunyan responds to Ashotyan regarding an earlier verbal exchange; says under HHK leadership and Ashotyan as EDU minister, university rector would travel around and campaign for HHK. Harutyunyan has published a document as a proof. The new administration has instructed the edu administrators to remain neutral. http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/149535

Manvel Grigoryan's lawyer says his client's medical records show he has enlarged lymph nodes which may indicate cancer, heart deficiencies, diabetes, and few other issues. He has contacted Pashinyan to have Manvel released from detention. http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/149540

How's the rallies going?

HHK contacts the prosecutors with a complaint that some organization in Ejmiatsin has refused to allocate their property to be used for HHK election posters. HHK argues it's against the competition law during the election cycle. Prosecutors are investigating the report. http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/149563

A group of unknown individuals circled around in Armavir and Ejmiatsin at night and damaged the QP candidate posters http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/149530

Eduard Shawarmazanov held a rally in Lori province, where he has been nominated as an MP through rating system. He says he'll be an opposition to the ruling party if elected; criticized the lack of progress. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzpvYHreH0Y

Other party rallies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6RatMGzVSM

During a rally, Pashinyan lists the achievements since the revolution:

  • End to lawless behavior by the oligarchs
  • 20AMD gas price reduction for the poor
  • Elimination of the planned water price hikes for 5 years
  • Increased salaries for 200k workers thought reforms in pension tax collection
  • 200k more salaries to increase through other taxation reforms on 2019
  • 85k pension hikes
  • more affordable loans to new families in provinces
  • 125k citizens had seen their loans pardoned and those in black lists now have a new chance
  • aid for having a 3rd baby has tripled
  • 38k more employees registered partially due to fight against the grey economy
  • monopolies are being neutralized
  • prison reforms
  • 150k drivers have seen their unpaid [unable to pay] tickets worth AMD 13bln pardoned
  • heart surgery cost went down by AMD 250k
  • large scale [gov level] corruption is eliminated with some smaller scale still remaining
  • first elections in 24 years that have not been rigged
  • no political prisoners
  • the public can freely visit the government building gardens
  • investigators no longer receive orders from politicians
  • increase of Armenians returning home and positive net immigration trend

http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/149536

Your daily fake news alert!

Minister of Justice Zeynalyan asks hraparak.am to issue a correction and deny the "false reports that he was using state-issued car during campaigning". He says his team has its dedicated car for the travel. Zeynalyan is running under Bright Armenia Menq Alliance, which is allied with QP. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/956430.html

Artsakh presidential spokesman has criticized certain political circles for trying to achieve political goals by making it appear as if Armenian and Artsakh governments have bad relations https://www.civilnet.am/news/2018/11/30/Արայիկ-Հարությունյանը-անվերապահ-աջակցություն-է-հայտնում-Նիկոլ-Փաշինյանին/349557 ---- https://armenpress.am/arm/news/956493.html

Any new investments?

Deputy PM Tigran "I didn't do weed" Avinyan and Business Armenia foundation have met the leadership of Russian EcoTechProm and discussed a new ~$340mln investment deal to build industrial projects. The company wants to produce calcified sodium, food and industrial salt, windows. The products will be exported to Russia and other countries. The construction will begin on 2019 and end on 2022. Three factories on 100ha land will be built, providing 1200 jobs. Avinyan says more similar large deals should be expected beginning next year because of improved investment conditions, easier tax laws and less bureaucracy in Armenia. http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/149573

What else is out there?

Armenia moves up 8 ranks in the World Prosperity Index on 2018. GEO 80, ARM 88, RUS 96, AZE 99, IRA 108, TUR 93 http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/149549

Armenia-Fund donations continue. Lebanese Armenian community has organized a radio-thon and gathered $88k in donations. https://hetq.am/hy/article/98636

UNESCO has refused to recognize Kochari as an "Azeri dance with Azeri origins". It was recognized as one of the dances that ethnic Azeris and other minorities danced in Nakhijevan. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/956525.html

Azeri community in Russia sends an outrage notice to Yandex tech giant after its AI Assistant correctly explains the origins of Azerbaijan and its name. http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/149599

Russian Foreign Ministry says Artsakh president Bako Sahakyan's visit to Moscow is private, doesn't break any laws or OSCE protocols, thus the "Azeri side's concerns are unfounded". http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/149570

Russian Parliament MP Zatulin, the chairman of post-soviet Republics alliance committee, says CSTO countries should not discuss internal matters with non-member countries, in response to Lukashenko-Aliyev meeting. Zatulin believes Russia should review the Armenian complaints about Russian weapons sales to Azerbaijan. http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/149561

Edit: Redditor corrected that Zeynalyan is Menq Alliance member and not Bright Armenia.

Link to original report: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/a1wln3/anticorruption_nov302018_times_paper_publishes/

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