2018 September 18

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Anti-Corruption Daily

Anti-Corruption Sep/18/2018: Hovik Abrahamyan's brother and neighbor face theft charges for dismantling water pipes; Construction Co caught embezzling government-funds; Yerevan's stray-dog catching company director faces up to 10yr for embezzlement of public funds; Armavir audits a m.. (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.


Former Prime Minister Hovik "Muk" Abrahamyan's brother and his neighbor are facing theft charges. A resident of the village, where PM's brother owns a land, has come forward with information (see video) according to which AMD 75mln damage was done to his fish factory, because Abrahamyan allegedly stole the water pipes feeding water to the man's factory. The pipes were illegally re-routed from Abrahamyan's neighbor into Abrahamyan's land. Later, Abrahamyan decided those pipes were his, and dug them out, cutting off water to the neighboring fish factory. http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/144530

The incumbent HHK mayor of Shatin community lost the recent mayoral elections to an independent candidate, and decided to hijack the Revolution slogan to overthrow the democratically elected mayor. He organized a march with 20 friends and prevented the new mayor from going to work, blocked the streets and even attempted to join the QP (Pashinyan) party, before receiving a rejection. The new mayor accuses the HHK candidate of appropriating the car given to him by the election commission temporarily, as well as writing himself salaries worth millions, after it was no longer allowed. https://armlur.am/839337/

IRS busts an illegal fraud scheme in which Mik Metal Inc. employees are accused of conspiring with government-funded housing projects to sell them construction materials for above-market prices and embezzling a sum https://news.am/arm/news/471557.html

Earlier we learned about city-licensed stray dog neutering service Unigraf-X being accused of embezzlement and failing to do its duties. Today, the IRS has confirmed that criminal charges are filed against the director of the firm for the theft of AMD 185mln. He faces up to 10 years in prison. The company was tasked with reducing the street dog population, which is at 4,000 as of right now, but experts believe it could reach 10,000 if this winter is warm. A proposal has been made to cut the dogs’ ability to reproduce instead of killing them or their puppies. This could naturally reduce the population to 1,000 in 6 years. https://news.am/arm/news/471561.html

Armavir governor’s office audits the Jrarat municipality and finds violations. A council member was simultaneously managing a municipality-funded project, which is against the law. Other members voted in favor of resolutions that benefited their own families. They allowed several illegal constructions to take place. Illegally registered an agricultural land as a construction land, and appropriated the soil and sand, failing to pay AMD 28mln in fees. This is the settlement where few years ago shots were fired towards Raffi-Seyran Alliance party representatives by the former internal troops chief Yeranosyan’s brother and his allies. The mayor is Yeranosyan's nephew. https://armlur.am/839267/

4 more direct participants of March 1st events are called for questioning by SIS. The investigators are collecting information about the military’s involvement in the events. https://armlur.am/839810/

Citing anonymous sources that I cannot verify, Jamanak newspaper writes that the actual reason why Yerevan garbage collection has become so slow recently, is because part of the collection truck fleet was owned by the former mayor Taron Margaryan, and that he has decided to sabotage the situation by prohibiting his fleet’s use. The Sanitek director has earlier said that the collection delays are due to shortage of trucks, but cited poor roads near the dumping station as the reason for constant truck malfunctions. He said new trucks are on their way. The company has been fined AMD 25mln in the past several months for not doing its duties. https://news.am/arm/news/471562.html

The government is working on a law that’ll exempt independent taxi drivers from paying income taxes, citing low income and the possibility of reducing taxi fare costs, thus also positively impacting the rush-hour bus congestion. Drivers will be required to pass the vehicle inspection checks, which was de-facto not enforced all this time. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/947651/

Ice Queen Arpine submits a report to Council of Europe about Azerbaijan’s recent ceasefire violations, in which one Armenian civilian was wounded and bullets were fired towards a kindergarten https://news.am/arm/news/471623.html

PM’s office invites all 3 presidents to the September 21st Independence Day parade. There won't be a military display. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/947593/

Interesting details about former Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandyan's million dollar apartment in Moscow. SCREENSHOTS: http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/144463

A couple of bears blocked the road and prompted PM Pashinyan and Artsakh president to get out of the car and take videos https://www.facebook.com/sargsyan.nairi/videos/10156564806658286/

Two Silver medals in youth world championship in Greco-Roman style wrestling https://armenpress.am/arm/news/947664/

Comedy Club had its debut in Armenia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnYhjhd7izQ


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After days of Azeri government denying Pashinyan's claim that 3 Azeri soldiers were neutralized on the front line as a response to their actions across the Armenian border, RazmInfo says Azeri Meydan TV has confirmed the reports. One soldier's identity is known and his funeral has already taken place; another dead soldier's name is unknown; the third one is believed to be either wounded or dead. https://razm.info/128992

Armenian soccer team wins Silver medal in World Cup... of journalists https://armenpress.am/arm/news/947596/

US Embassy donates $80,000 worth of furniture and school supplies to several provincial schools https://armenpress.am/arm/news/947645/

Russia admits that the iL-20 jet, among with its 15 servicemen, was shot down over the Mediterranean Sea by Syrian S-200 missiles, but blames Israeli jets for creating a situation that confused the Syrian army. Israelis are accused of shielding themselves with the Russian jet. Israel denies any guilt. https://news.am/arm/news/471587.html —— https://armenpress.am/arm/news/947616/

Azerbaijan has a new political prisoner. An opposition journalist Orhan Bashoglu is framed with 6g of heroin in his pocket and sentenced to 7 years in prison, after accusing the authorities of murdering a popular journalist Elmar Husseinov. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/947633/

Arrest warrant has been issued for the former president of Argentina, in the corruption and investigation-interference case https://armenpress.am/arm/news/947554/


Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/9gyzhl/anticorruption_sep182018_hovik_abrahamyans/


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