2018 September 26

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Anti-Corruption Daily

Anti-Corruption Sep/26/2018
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.


Upcoming reforms will help to reduce a possible corruption at passport offices. The queue will be managed by a machine to avoid employees giving someone a favorable treatment. Money machines will hand over the change. New biometric services will be used, and the passports will become more durable. A contract will be signed to improve the official website. Citizens will be able to receive a passport at any passport office location, and not just from the residence area https://armenpress.am/arm/news/948601/

Criminal case is launched against the administration of the Craftsmanship University of Gyumri after it is discovered that some students didn’t attend the classes but they gave them diplomas, embezzled AMD 1.2mln in student pensions, registered relatives as employees but never attended to work while receiving the wages, embezzled various grants and the travel money https://armenpress.am/arm/news/948677/

Pashinyan at United Nations: says Artsakh shouldn’t be part of Azerbaijan if we want to prevent another Armenian Genocide. Says Azerbaijan should stop disrespecting the negotiating process and end the violent rhetoric. They want Artsakh as part of Azerbaijan yet refuse to negotiate with them. This means they only want the land. They’ll remove Armenians from Artsakh like they did in Nakhijevan https://news.am/arm/news/472973.html

... Pashinyan met with Iran’s President Rouhani, who expressed willingness to help Armenia with the North-South corridor that’ll connect Iran to Georgia and Black Sea. He invited Pashinyan to Iran to discuss more energy and economic cooperation, stated that Armenia is a member of EEU economic bloc and Iran wants free trade with the bloc https://news.am/arm/news/473029.html

... met with president Trump https://armenpress.am/arm/news/948708/

More details about the former police force Levon Yeranosyan indictment. He is charged with abuse of power and illegal use of force during the April revolution. Without a proper license, he allegedly used 4 flash grenades at only 2.5m distance from people, which injured 40 protesters and 6 police officers on April 16th. Another 4 units were illegally used on April 22nd, injuring 6 protesters. https://armlur.am/842036/

HHK-led Parliamentary commission that is tasked with investigating the audio leak, will at a later stage invite NSS chief, SIS chief and PM Pashinyan for a testimony https://armenpress.am/arm/news/948658/

... the commission will contact the law enforcement and other authorities to find out details about all the equipments that could have been used to wiretap the call, that were imported to Armenia since it’s independence https://armenpress.am/arm/news/948664/

The food inspection committee temporarily suspends ArmSweet activities after lab examination shows a dangerous substance in multiple food batches, suspends Every Day Water for not having a proper license, suspends Sisian Bread after discovering poor hygiene at the facility https://armlur.am/842046/

Medical examination shows Manvel Grigoryan has diabetes and another undisclosed serious health condition. The lawyer wants the judge to let him free while the trial continues https://news.am/arm/news/473066.html

On August, HHK’s Farmanyan was furious because someone had allegedly entered into his Parliament office and tried to search something, moving things around. As it turns out, it was done by the janitor who was just doing a general cleaning, says Farmanyan http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/145062

IRS chief Ananyan denies the reports on Politik.am in which he was accused of attempting to use his position to enrich his family business by signing a AMD 350mln contract with the agency. Calls the article an attempt to defame him https://armenpress.am/arm/news/948690/

Human Rights Ombudsman’s office has petitioned the Supreme Court to annul the law that prevents prisoners from making phone calls or communicate though letters while they’re locked in a solitary confinement http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/145011

Insider says during the election counting, BHK’s Naira Zohrabyan couldn’t handle the disappointment and left for home at 10PM. The party wasn’t expecting a defeat with such a wide margin. They believe either the voters were scared or they didn’t tell them the truth about supporting BHK. Apparently their internal polls predicted a different outcome https://armlur.am/842009/

VIDEO of the Turkish shepherd boy being released from detention. He spent 2 months there, watched plenty of Armenian TV. He has decided to study in the Yerevan State Medical University after graduating from college https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grtgjRS8OQw

President Aram Sarkissian has met with multiple businesses in France and made several agreements. A French business center in Yerevan will be created. More details in the coming weeks http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/145041

Some oil and 15bln cubic meter gas was discovered in Armenia few years ago. It is the equivalent of what Armenia consumed for 6 years. The previous government refused to cooperate with the extraction. The commission hopes the project will be given another look. https://youtu.be/Qi6i5xkp2To?t=589


DISCUSSION: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/9j0gx0/hy_armenia_has_both_oil_and_gas/

Business Armenia foundation negotiates with Lebanese businesses. Agreement is made to invest AMD 120mln to create a car parts and plastic container factories. They are negotiating around pesticide and other chemical production http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/145025

China donates 200 more medical vehicles. Yerevan will have 7 additional emergency crew teams equipped with modern devices https://armenpress.am/arm/news/948631/

Armenian TUMO creative technology center opens its first international branch in Paris. The curriculum is translated into French so 1,500 teens can get an education for free http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/145063

The Armenian chess team defeats Turkey in the 3rd round of Chess Olympiad. The next victim is the Greece team (scores below) https://armenpress.am/arm/news/948666/

Bellingcat investigation claims to have uncovered the real name of the Russian man who is accused of poisoning Skripals in England https://news.am/arm/news/473124.html


Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/9j5qlm/anticorruption_sep262018/


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