2018 September 10

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Anti-Corruption Sep/10/2018: A military commissar charged with bribery; Pashinyan and Putin discussed a $60mln corruption case in Russia-owned Armenian Railways; (MORE BELOW)
by ar_david_hh

Disclaimer: All the accused are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law, even if they may sound as being guilty. Currency in Armenian Drams ֏ unless specified otherwise.


Yeghegnadzor military commissar is charged with bribery. A man underwent a medical examination and found that he doesn’t qualify for service. Nonetheless, the commissar demanded $11,000 in bribes to let him out of service. The man contacted the police instead. https://news.am/arm/news/470323.html

During a campaign for Hayko for Yerevan mayor, PM Pashinyan unleashes on the politicians who bought luxurious houses with 200k salaries. Says Hayk Marutyan was able to buy his house because people bought tickets to his movies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTMUlyZ2uOo

BHK was also campaigning https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgVis386rYs

OEK too https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_ESwEy7OHE

and ARF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjSCZktdawE

Yelq (running under Luys) proposed their plans for reforming the transportation in Yerevan https://armenpress.am/arm/news/946706/

IRS has conducted audits in 190 gas stations and found violations in 110 of them. Also, beginning May, due to their fight against shadow economy, 26,000 employees have officially registered as employees and will begin to pay taxes https://armlur.am/837831/

IRS has collected 16% more taxes this year so far https://news.am/arm/news/470225.html

IRS chief criticizes singers for not paying certain types of income taxes (like self-employment) for decades. Says there needs to be a change in the culture https://news.am/arm/news/470233.html

IRS chief supports PM Pashinyan’s proposal to decrease taxes to 23% https://news.am/arm/news/470254.html

... during the meeting with Pashinyan, Russian-Armenian businessman Ruben Vardanyan argued that there are 18 different business taxes in Armenia, while only 6 in Georgia, and that it’s a barrier for investments. The IRS chief says that recently, they moved “fees” under “taxes” categories, which is why it now appears that there are 18 categories of taxes, while in reality it’s the same 6 as in Georgia. This change makes it easier for businesses to see the “real” tax. He does agree that overall, Georgian tax law is simpler and more work needs to be done in Armenia https://news.am/arm/news/470258.html

PM Pashinyan says that in the Russian-owned Armenian railways company, the IRS has discovered a $60mln embezzlement and unpaid taxes, which is significantly more than what IRS discovered earlier. He has spoken about this with Vladimir Putin. At the moment it’s unknown whether the Russian or Armenian office is responsible for the crime https://news.am/arm/news/470188.html

Pashinyan says Putin has accepted his offer to visit Armenia. Says Armenia will block Azerbaijan’s entry to military and economic blocs. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/946582/

Serj’s nephew is released after paying a AMD 50mln bail. He currently faces attempted murder and illegal possession of weapon charges https://armlur.am/837889/

... the other nephew, who is currently wanted by the police, had asked his bodyguards to transfer some items for him. 4 of his bodyguards are currently under arrest for aiding the fugitive https://armlur.am/838085/

A driver of a construction trash truck is arrested for illegal dumping at Korean Gorge. Earlier, the National Guard spokesman released a video showing large quantities of trash all over the place https://armenpress.am/arm/news/946687/

Ministry of Healthcare will recalculate how the doctors serving the government-subsidized patients are being paid. The new salary system will take into account on how many such patients are taken care of. This is meant to reduce the practice of ignoring poor and gov-funded patients by some clinics https://armenpress.am/arm/news/946673/

Georgian PM has visited Armenia. An agreement was made to increase the trade between the countries to $1bln https://armenpress.am/arm/news/946632/

HHK’s Arpine Hoshanissyan says Armenia has scored a diplomatic victory at European Council by having them recognize Artsakh as one of the “grey zones” (and not solely as “part of Azerbaijan”) which are encouraged to cooperate with UN Human Rights commission https://armenpress.am/arm/news/946686/

On September 11th, Armenian authorities will conduct a country-wide emergency training. The military and all government organizations will act as in a war time, or after a large scale natural disaster. There will be sirens. https://youtu.be/WTHwV2Og6s0?t=764

Sanitek garbage collector received yet another AMD 13mln fine for not doing its duties https://armenpress.am/arm/news/946587/

Russia arrests an ethnic Talysh Azeri political activist living in exile, and will most likely deport him to AZ https://news.am/arm/news/470318.html

One more gold and silver medals from Poland by or Greco-Roman wrestlers https://armenpress.am/arm/news/946593/

Chicago municipality opens a new garden named after Yerevan, as a present for its 2,800th anniversary and Armenian community's contributions to Chicago since 1800s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ixpQqvlaSk

Please clap https://youtu.be/WTHwV2Og6s0?t=1753


Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/9erjg5/anticorruption_sep102018_a_military_commissar/


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