2018 September 19

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Anti-Corruption Sep/19/2018: Ministry finds 106 violations by over 40 companies resulting in AMD 49mln in damage; Hydros that drained water illegally come forward and ask to be taxed; (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.


Ministry of Nature Protection’s latest audit revealed 106 violations that caused AMD 49mln in damages to the State, by various companies. Several dozen have been penalized. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/947681/

618 names of deceased citizens were removed from Yerevan municipality voter’s list to avoid fraud. The authorities remind that the law allows non-citizens to vote in Yerevan elections as long as they have a legal registered status in Yerevan for at least a year https://armlur.am/840085/

The students of Yerevan State University of Theater and Cinema are demanding the rector’s resignation. He is accused of closing the eye on corruption and providing a bad quality education. Few days earlier, the police published a report in which a criminal case was launched against the university staff for embezzlement and falsification of documents. The vice-rector has just resigned. https://news.am/arm/news/471758.html

The new commission created by PM Pashinyan, which monitors the use of Sevan water, has found numerous violations. Some land owners are tapping into the water system without paying for it. https://news.am/arm/news/471808.html

Minister of Territorial Development welcomes that some small hydro power plant operators have decided to come clean and pay taxes, after the PM’s office declared a war against illegal water use. Says information was submitted to the prosecutor’s office about abuse of power that enabled the violations https://armlur.am/840153/

Robert Kocharyan tells Pashinyan to leave the office “with dignity”. Says in PM’s first 4 months, the issues that the public faces are only getting worse, and that that’s the reason why he decided to return to politics. Says he could support certain political parties directly or indirectly, hasn’t decided his “running format”. https://armlur.am/840107/

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The police responds to BHK’s calls to prosecute social media users who criticized and used slurs against their candidates. Police says the use of such language has been de-criminalized in Armenia a while ago, and that it is up to BHK to sue someone for a possible defamation if they choose to do so. BHK says there was more than just a slur. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/947731/

The United States has submitted a petition to extradite its citizen Kevin Oxuz, the Turkish-Azeri lobbyist who was residing in Armenia, for failing to pay taxes and disclose income sources while lobbying in US https://armenpress.am/arm/news/947697/

The youth figure skating World Cup’s final round will take place in Yerevan. 44 countries with 220 athletes will compete for gold https://armenpress.am/arm/news/947682/

Business Armenia Foundation is helping 50 diaspora businesses to do investments in the Armenian tech field. Contracts have been signed with several US companies, that’ll provide tech solutions to other businesses in provinces https://armenpress.am/arm/news/947686/

Minister of Territorial Development has met with 100 investors and an agreement was made to create a one-of-a-kind animal farm, and a textile factory. Russian-Armenian investors will repair roads in parts of Tavush’s bordering region to help the local businesses grow. https://news.am/arm/news/471791.html

.... Minister recommends the Yerevan authorities to stop the use of Nubarashen garbage center, citing issues with the type of soil that causes the garbage water to flow down and mix with the fresh waters running nearby. Proposal is made to transfer it to two other regions where the soils is harder https://news.am/arm/news/471821.html

.... says a criminal case is launched against people who assaulted journalists in Shatin community. This is the place where we learned yesterday that the incumbent HHK mayor organized boycotts after losing the elections to an independent candidate. The boycotting residents, about two dozen of the old mayor’s family and allies, have agreed to leave the building and allow the new mayor to return to his work https://armenpress.am/arm/news/947741/

SIS releases a response to Kocharyan-allied Yerevan.Today website, which accused SIS of suppression of speech. SIS repeats that the confiscation of the computers is not meant to silence their work, but to investigate an evidence that showed the website posted the audio leak 2 days before it was made public by the audio leaker. This indicates the possibility that the site administrator knew the leaker personally and that is how he obtained the URL to the unpublished video. SIS is looking for information that will lead to the arrest of the leaker. The investigation of the equipment will clarify whether the article was published 2 days earlier or not. Says only the hardware that was used for publishing that material is confiscated, leaving other equipment at the scene, so the agency can conduct its work. SIS has accepted the possibility that the publishing time-stamp could have been a Google error, so it is conducting a separate investigation around it. Says Yerevan.Today headquarters was one of 6 addresses where they conducted searches. Reporters Without Borders also released a statement saying that all news publishers should be able to do their work. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/947743/ ——- https://armlur.am/840220/ --- https://youtu.be/GJX0RUBrkTU?t=98

ArmTimes investigates what they call a disinformation campaign by Kocharyan's lobbyists in order label him as a victim of political persecution. A journalist was paid to write articles that omitted key information, to portray Kocharyan as a victim. http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/144448

PM Pashinyan mocks Kocharyan, says the latter was able to purchase and give interviews to several TV networks and dozens of anti-Pashinyan websites, yet he still criticizes the Pashinyan administration for suppressing free speech https://armenpress.am/arm/news/947789/

Azerbaijan continues to violate ceasefire on the Armenian border. A contractor soldier was killed https://armlur.am/840225/

Danish Danske Bank chief has resigned, after it was revealed that high ranking officials of several countries, including Azerbaijan, have laundered $150bln with the help of the bank’s Estonian branch https://armenpress.am/arm/news/947715/

This October, Canadian-Armenian company will launch oil & gas searching mission in the Syunik province. A $2.8mln has been invested. They have identified the first point of entry, where a 1KM hole will be dug to search for the evidence of natural resources http://hetq.am/arm/news/93132/28-milion-dolar-kapanum-navt-u-gaz-oronelu-hamar.html/

The Lil Rocket Man has met with the South Korean President. He has agreed to restore the connections via roads and railways, completely dismantle the nuclear producing facilities and allow international observers to be present. The South calls this the de-facto end of the war. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/947711/


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