2018 September 7
Anti-Corruption Sep/7/2019: two mayors down; 150 hydros investigated for illegally using irrigation water; forest guards see a 2x hike in salaries to reduce corruption; (MORE BELOW)
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 former mayor of Vardenis is charged with the embezzlement of AMD 6.1mln. He allegedly signed contracts with construction companies then plundered the construction resources. Used the budget to purchase products for his brother’s business https://news.am/arm/news/469938.html
After facing lengthy protests from the locals, the HHK mayor of Malishka has resigned http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/143865
In the second session of Justice Department’s bribe-law hearing in Parliament, the government presented a modified version of the bill that changes the language slightly to remove the grey areas protested by BHK and HHK. The amended bill was accepted and voted in favor unanimously. https://news.am/arm/news/469821.html
... Yekq’s Maruqyan reminds the voters that taking the paper ballot out of voting booth is a crime. During the past elections, people were given bribes after taking their blank ballots out and letting the vote-riggers fill out the candidate of their choice. This was meant to be a proof for the vote-riggers that the voter voted in favor for their candidate, and not just took the bribe and voted for someone else https://news.am/arm/news/469830.html
Prosecutor’s office says the number of corruption investigations has doubled 1H2018 vs 1H2017 https://armenpress.am/arm/news/946418/
The Turkish businessman who illegally lobbied for Azerbaijan, who was arrested in Yerevan at the request of USA authorities, is charged with avoiding taxes in Armenia. He will spend the next 30 days in prison. The USA will have to decide by then whether to submit an extradition request or not https://armenpress.am/arm/news/946474/
The police releases employment numbers to disperse the rumors about a mass exodus from the department. Since Osipyan’s takeover on May, 9 employees quit while 28 were hired. 124 people applied during the recent job fair, 75 of whom are on the second stage of exams https://news.am/arm/news/469906.html
Tushonka Manvel’s lawyer criticizes HHK’s Sharmazanov for using Manvel’s case as an attack against Pashinyan now, for political reasons, and note several months earlier https://armlur.am/837329/
One of Serj's nephews is on trial today for an attempted murder and an illegal possession of a weapon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHdusrFFG-8
Minister of Nature Protection says forest guards have seen their salaries increased recently, some by as much as 50%-100% in Dilijan. In past, some forest guards have opted to earn an extra income by cooperating with criminals to conduct illegal deforestation. https://news.am/arm/news/469862.html
.... Says a unified air quality monitoring system will be implemented and citizens will be able to check the quality on their phones. For more on the department’s past 100 days, read here https://armenpress.am/arm/news/946381/
... minister sheds more light on the hydro power plant and water issue. Says this year the water dams should have had enough water from the rains in order to prevent the extra water release from Sevan Lake, but due to small hydros producing extra power, that water was used by them between Jan-Apr, instead of going for irrigation. Says Armenia has 4x more water than it needs, but it isn’t being used efficiently. Recently, PM Pashinyan created a committee to investigate water waste https://news.am/arm/news/469888.html
General prosecutor’s office has investigated 150 hydro power plants and founds many violations. Many of them operated illegally, at the expense of local farmers’ water resources. THAT DIDN'T TAKE LONG! https://news.am/arm/news/469897.html
.... the president of Agrarian Union says he has called for the previous authorities to end the abuse, but was ignored. https://news.am/arm/news/469897.html
Joghovurd writes: Unigraph-X company is suspiciously the only stray-dog collecting company in Yerevan. The municipality had launched an auction for a service on 2006, but for unknown reasons, since 2009 the only bidder was Unifraph. They are accused of receiving hundreds of million annually but doing the work only partially https://armlur.am/837391/
The police says they'll install over 2,000 cameras. They'll not only help to reduce car accidents, but also help to catch crime http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/143808
Gyumri Beer company has finished paying AMD 320mln in unpaid taxes https://armenpress.am/arm/news/946445/
The high ranking military official who was relieved of duties yesterday, has been appointed to another position. He wasn’t fired, but quit at his own request https://news.am/arm/news/469942.html
HHK wants to fight against “fake news” and other bad cyber-things, but doesn’t know how yet, things are being discussed.
...in the event of a copyright violation, Arpine Hovhanisyan wants to make an article copyright owner’s job of receiving a compensation easier. If a blog copies the article completely and doesn’t provide a ink to the original source, the blogger will be required to pay penalties, and the original owner will no longer have to prove how much in damages was done due to the copyright violation.
...she also talks about criminalizing cursing and other bad words against another person on the social media. At the moment, she won’t say her personal position because she also respects people’s right for expression. Things are being discussed.
In the spirit of free speech discussion, the author of this Reddit post would like to announce that any politician who attempts to make “bad words” a crime, is a fiber-less baboon shit.
HHK spokesman is concerned and “surprised” that Pashinyan isn’t working hard enough. Criticizes his recent visit to the produce market to discuss the food prices with the locals, and his live-streams in which he discusses the future policies. Calls it a waste of time. Sharmazanov made the statement in response to Pashinyan saying that he is surprised to find so many corruption incidents on daily basis https://news.am/arm/news/469909.html
The police confirms the Interfax story about Russian authorities’ refusal to deport or apprehend the former defense minister Mikael Harutyunyan, who is wanted for his involvement in March 1st incidents. Earlier it was said that he was a Russian citizen, thus couldn’t be deported to another country https://news.am/arm/news/469856.html
US basketball player Kobi Bryant’s father will serve as a board member of a new Armenian basketball club for youth. The Urartu team members, as well as players from USA and Russia, will help to train the next generation of players https://armenpress.am/arm/news/946402/
The Genocide Museum is listed as the 9th best and most recommended Asian museum in TripAdvisor. Matenadaran is 24th https://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Museums-cTop-g2
Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/9dyl6q/anticorruption_sep72019_two_mayors_down_150/
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