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2018 October 28

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Anti-Corruption Daily

Weekend Briefing
by ar_david_hh

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

The police audits Kapan offices and uncovers a multi-million dollar embezzlement scheme by the secretary and 9 other individuals. The stolen funds have been partially recovered.


The news site published an article in which they accused Deputy PM Tigran Avinyan of smoking marijuana (illegal in ARM) with his friends in his Parliamentary office, and that Pashinyan has allegedly witnessed it but didn’t punish the group. Tigran Avinyan dismissed the article as a a false rumor, and condemned the site for presenting it as facts.

... so the website dared Avinyan to sue them for defamation, claiming that if Avinyan takes the case to court, then he’ll have to give a blood test, which will prove that he smoked marijuana.

... Tigran Avinyan accepts the dare and sues the site for defamation 😆 . He is demanding the site to retract the information he deems false and defamatory, and also a monetary compensation, which he will donate to the students who study journalism. ——

Press F for more explosive news...

A man dials 911 and tells the dispatcher that he is standing on front of the government building with a grenade in his hand, and he plans to kill himself by detonating it. He was arrested by the NSS agents at the entrance while attempting to enter the building. The Deputy PM and few other high ranking members of the cabinet were in the building at the time. The man was transferred to an NSS detention center and charged with possession of illegal weapons. It is believed that he had economic complaints and possibly health issues. ----

Pashinyan says Armenia can negotiate arms purchase from United States if a competitive deal is offered.

... and receives criticism from the former Defense Ministry Vigen Sargsyan for "playing cozy" with the United States.

... Pashinyan responds by saying the current administration does not conduct foreign policy while on the knees

Pashinyan warns his political opponents, who own large businesses, not to use their positions to purposely tank the economy to cause political damage to the new government

The ceasefire on the border with Nakhijevan is being followed. Only two accidental shots were fired by the Azeris in recent times.

Tatev Hakobyan becomes the European champion in weightlifting

Simon Martirosyan also wins gold in European weightlifting

Wrestler Maxim Manukyan wins bronze in world championship

Weightlifters Varazdat Lalayan and Arsen Martirosyan win bronze medals in European championship —-

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2018 Daily Armenia Reports