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2018 November 6

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Anti-Corruption Daily

by ar_david_hh

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

HHK Gevorg Kostanyan, the chairman of the Parliament committee which is set to investigate officials in the audio leak tape, who himself was/could soon be subject of a criminal case for allegedly offering a bribe to an official, says he plans to migrate to Strasbourg once the committee work is done. Next week, the committee will question the investigators who brought the charges against Kocharyan https://factor.am/96738.html

During the first 9 months of 2018, IRS has collected 10% more taxes compared to the previous year. 16% increase from taxation of top 1k businesses. These large businesses paid 74% of all taxes, up from 68%. There are indications that some businesses moved the part of the income out of grey economy. Earlier, we learned that dozens of thousands of employees were properly registered as taxpayers. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/953465.html

Haypost employee is arrested for stealing funds meant for the senior citizen pension payments https://factor.am/96657.html

Government-funded kindergarten director is charged with embezzlement and falsification of documents for registering 7 of his relatives as employees who never went to work, and stealing AMD 3.7mln in salaries http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/147847

More details about the embezzlement and abuse of power found in the military earlier. Dozens of criminal cases and hundreds of millions of dollars in question https://hetq.am/hy/article/97884

Arthur Meschyan, the new Yerevan architect, says under the previous administrations, the mayor used to call the lead architect and instruct to issue a land permit for a specific person. On 1997, Levon Ter-Petrosyan’s chief bodyguard tried to pressure him (then architect) with similar demands. https://www.aysor.am/am/news/2018/11/06/%D5%84%D5%A5%D5%BD%D5%B9%D5%B5%D5%A1%D5%B6/1487415

...says 43% of the buildings in the capital have roofs with high levels of asbestos, which is dangerous and can cause cancer. The municipality will never have enough funds to replace all. A new plan for the future is needed, in which neighboring building roofs could be replaced with one unified and safe material.

...says the new apartment builders or renovators should be required to repair the building’s elevator system at their own expense, as a small tax for inconveniencing the other residents of the building. The city budget doesn’t have enough money to replace all elevators, so this approach would move the responsibility to construction companies. This is just a plan for now.

https://www.aysor.am/am/news/2018/11/06/%D5%84%D5%A5%D5%BD%D5%B9%D5%B5%D5%A1%D5%B6/1487279

... threatens to launch legal action against cafe owners who violated the land permits and extended their businesses, especially the ones who did so onto the green areas http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/147866

Political activist Shant Harutyunyan has been freed. He was sentenced to 6 years on 2013, for rioting and hooliganism. This is a result of the mass amnesty bill which became law today. 294 others have been freed so far. http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/147803

NSS employees to get a 30% pay raise on 2019 https://armenpress.am/arm/news/953505.html

The Defense Minister denies receiving an official offer from Azerbaijan to trade the captured citizens. Says he first found out about it from the news https://www.aysor.am/am/news/2018/11/06/%D5%8F%D5%B8%D5%B6%D5%B8%D5%B5%D5%A1%D5%B6%D5%A8-%D5%B0%D5%A5%D6%80%D6%84%D5%A5%D5%AC/1487402

Hakob Mkrtchyan wins silver medal in weightlifting world championship's 89KG category. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/953553.html

Link to original report: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/9urufg/anticorruption_nov62018/

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