2018 September 12
Anti-Corruption Sep/12/2018: Several faces touch the ground; schools with corruption record are worried about the new exam system; father of a Sasna Tsrer standoff victim officer says other offices shot his son in the back; Wiretapping saga continues.... (էստի համեցեք)
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.
The father of a police officer who was killed during Sasna Tsrer standoff, blames the police for shooting his son. Says his son was wounded from the back while sitting in a car, facing Sasna Tsrer. Says the bullet had to come from a police force located behind him http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/144185
The police detained and later released several bodyguards of oligarch Khachatur Sugiasyan, after checking the weapon licenses https://armlur.am/838615/
Oligarch Samvel Lfik Aleksanyan's 5 bodyguards were detained https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GonT3xgJZ14
Two bodyguards of Sigaron business owner have been detained http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/144194
HFF chief Nemetz Rubo denies yesterday's rumors that his house was raided https://factor.am/81657.html
The Parliament is roasting the Government Cabinet and Prime Minister in a Q&A session. Some details....
PM talks about the increase of economic activity after being elected https://youtu.be/WoVu4G8aQv4?t=174
HHK Ashotyan (jokingly) is pleased that Pashinyan is calm and patient today. Sometimes he thinks Pashinyan has a twin https://youtu.be/ffkwpuJu3ds?t=15
.... he wants Pashinyan to clarify what exactly he meant earlier, when he said he is aware of some of HHK's Artsakh plans which would give lands to Azerbaijan.
... PM says he has studied the previous administration's work, and has never seen any recent papers in which it was discussed Artsakh's sovereignty. Says especially in recent times, the work towards the resolution has been pushed towards more in favor of Azerbaijan. In one of the non-official proposals that he inherited as a PM, it was being discussed the giveaway of several parts of Artsakh to Azerbaijan without even discussing Artsakh's independence
... Ashotyan says the only official document in recent times that HHK was working on that he is aware of, is the one with OCSE in which Artsakh's independence was discussed. Ashotyan wants PM to publish the non-official document he is talking about. PM says he'll decide when and if it's appropriate. He jokingly says if he does, Ashotyan would need a support of a psychiatrist after reading it.
... TLDR: PM says HHK was internally discussing a solution under which Artsakh would give lands to Azerbaijan without receiving independence. Ashotyan says the only serious official documents they've discussed with AZ and OCSE included Artsakh's independence. Basically, both sides are talking about a different document.
The judge who gave the arrest verdict for Kocharyan says he doesn't know the NSS chief personally and never held direct talks with him. His name is Vache. The judge's name in the audio is Hrachya. Could be a mistake by the NSS chief, or could be that the communication was through the legal channels. https://armlur.am/838669/
Pashinyan opens the curtains on Yuri Khachaturov case. Says he was in Russia at the time when the CSTO chief was being charged. NSS chief had received lots of complaint calls from other CSTO nations asking not to arrest Yuri, so he contacted Pashinyan to let him know about the situation, because it was becoming a political issue. Pashinyan asked him if there are legal reasons behind the charges, and upon receiving a positive response, told them not to worry about the political outcome.
... NSS chief calls him back later and tells him that this time some people from the court called him with concerns about prosecuting such a high profile person. Pashinyan calls SIS to find out if they are absolutely sure the case is legit, and after receiving a positive response, contacted CSTO countries to notify about Yuri's prosecution. CSTO asked Pashinyan if a non-arrest is an option and there is a possibility he can ask SIS to consider that option. Pashinyan contacts SIS and asked if pressing non-arrest (a bail money instead) is a chance, and received a positive response.
HHK Galust Sahakyan calls the wiretapping of NSS and SIS conversation a danger to the national security. Says the officials should discuss important conversations in-person. Says it’s hard to get stingray devices to hear calls https://news.am/arm/news/470603.html
VivaCell denies any involvement in the NSS wiretapping https://news.am/arm/news/470648.html
QP's Alen Simonyan blasts the forces behind the audio leak. Says the audio is a proof that the legal system works appropriately. Says the corrupt forces would do anything to stop us https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SccxIvIhg4
Armenia’s foreign debt has decreased by $105mln after Pashinyan’s approach of borrowing less and paying back the debt. During the previous administration, the debt had increased every month. https://armlur.am/838406/
BHK's Petros Ghazaryan (also a journalist) criticized his Yerevan municipality opponents for over-promising https://youtu.be/otc70O5mh1I?t=267
..... he doesn't like the idea that if you don't give your vote to QP (Civil Contract), that means you're a Kocharyan supporter https://youtu.be/otc70O5mh1I?t=666
Azeri soldiers opened fire towards several villages in the Armenian Tavush province. The CSTO has been notified, per agreement. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/946888/
... One of these shooting incidents was caught on the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIBzyeYjyAg
Defense Minister says there has been a disciplinary action against several soldiers who initiated a march with people during the April revolution. That case is closed. https://news.am/arm/news/470642.html
Ilham Aliyev, the dictator of Azerbaijan, is concerned about the situation in Armenia. He calls the legal cases against his long-time colleagues "human right violations" https://armenpress.am/arm/news/946993/
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... Pashinyan is asked to respond to Aliyev's remarks on Artsakh. He says Artsakh population doesn't participate in the Armenian elections, he is not the PM of Artsakh, so he cannot represent Artsakh in the war resolution. Artsakh must have its own representative during the debates, but Azerbaijan doesn't want to hold a dialogue and has chosen the military path. Says he is always open for a discussion between ARM and AZ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRSnP6UfpWo
The minimum pension will rise by 60% beginning 2019 http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/144169
SIS releases a statement calling out a "fake news" by Hraparak newspaper, in which they published incorrect information about the ongoing legal case against Robert Kocharyan . http://www.ccc.am/hy/1428493746/3/5943
For French-speaking: Pashinyan's speech at a Francophone conference. Francophone 2018 will take place in Yerevan soon http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/144153
Education Minister responds to HHK Ruzanna Muradyan's concern that she has received complaints from some schools about the new "unified" exam system. The Minister says that the complaints are mainly coming from the schools that provide low qualify education but have a "high prestige", and as a result, their students score lower compared to others, than they thought they should. (basically over-hyped schools).
... for example, he says about 0.2% of the students failed the Native Language exam under the old system, but the unified exam reveals that 4% are insufficient.
Old system: students give the exams in their classrooms at the presence of their regular teachers. (Easier for teachers to help them cheat of open up areas for corruption)
New unified system: students from multiple schools give the exam together in a large room, monitored by regional educational bodies.
Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/9fc62r/anticorruption_sep122018_several_faces_touch_the/
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