2019 April 2
Anti-Corruption Apr/2/2019: Lfik Samo under a kidnapping investigation.... Updates on bribery cases.... IRS stats..... Serj will return....... How big is Pashinyan's bank account?...... Tech investments....... Young mother internships..... Construction law reforms.... more below
All the accused are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law. Currency in Armenian Drams unless specified otherwise.
The police has opened an investigation after journalist Համլետ Ղուշչյան said the former oligarch Lfik Samo kidnapped him with the help of a group of people, held him hostage, pointed a gun towards his head and ordered him to report things beneficial to Lfik Samo. The investigators are examining the report.
(Lfik found a way to solve fake news? /s)
Narek Vanesyan, the head of one of psychiatric clinics, was earlier under a criminal investigation for allegedly illegally keeping a person in the clinic against his will. The investigators have dropped the case after finding not enough evidence of a crime.
A judge in Kotayk was earlier arrested while taking a bribe. The investigators say they've also arrested the lawyer who gave him the money.
In another news, the deputy-Healthcare Minister will be detained for 2 months after the court approves the prosecutors' petition. He is also accused of taking a bribe.
Soldiers Insurance Fund receives money through taxes and contributions to provide aid to soldiers and families.
One of the members of Board of Trustees is HHK Manvel "Tushonka" Grigoryan's assistant. He is "concerned" that Pashinyan's claim that they are increasing aid to the fund, are false, and that either there was no fight against the grey economy, or the money generated through the grey economy fight wasn't being used on the soldiers as promised.
IRS denies the claim, saying on 2018 the funds to the Fund had increased by 750mln or 10%, which was a direct result of 35,000 workers being moved out of the grey economy. 140mln more was added to the Fund on the first 2 months of 2019, compared to the same period of 2018, says Uncle Samvel.
More Uncle Samvel numbers.
Pashinyan says the budget's reserves fund for the entire year of 2019 is 9.4bln. On these first 3 months, IRS had a 11.4bln surplus while collecting taxes. During this period, 26.4bln was returned to the taxpayers, which is 7.4bln more than the same period of 2018.
March 2019 vs 2018: 8.4mln more sales receipts were printed. For the 3-month period that's 20.7mln more.
The role of the IRS Complaints Committee has increased, says Pashinyan. 506 (last year 152) complaints were filed against IRS. 288 (last year 78) were satisfied. "This reduces the burden on the overburdened justice system."
PM Pashinyan's mandatory financial declaration shows he owned 1.7mln Drams on early 2018, and the same amount by the end of 2018. He earned 14mln from salaries and book publishing on 2018.
His wife Anna Hakobyan finished the year with less than 1mln in the bank. Hakobyan earned 12mln throughout 2018, from rent money and the salaries.
Serj Sargsyan isn't quitting politics, and he'll give a speech within the next 2 months, said HHK members during April 2016 tribute ceremony. Ashotyan says everyone is awaiting curiously what Serj has to say.
He added that in the event of a new war, HHK will "support the commander-in-chief Pashinyan".
Serj also arrived. When asked to comment about Sasna Tsrer party's conspiracy theory that the April war was secretly agreed upon by Serj and Aliyev, Serj said "he doesn't deal with sick people" (referring to Tsrer).
April 2nd is the day when the 2016 battles begun. The Azeri elite "052 Yashman" brigade, trained in Turkey, suffered heavy losses during the north-east offensives. The Azeri army had an objective to capture as much as half of Artsakh. This is not only evident by the attack strategy, but it's also backed by the map found in a helicopter struck down by the Armenian soldier, which showed targets deep inside Artsakh. Azeris only ended up capturing 2-3 hills (0.07% or Artsakh), while leaving behind hundreds of dead, many more injured, and dozens of destroyed equipment.
Talysh village, the epicenter of the April 2016 battles, is rebuilding. Schools and other buildings have been rebuilt. The residents are slowly returning.
Azeri president Ilham Aliyev has reminded that the war isn't over. He says the conflict is between Armenia and Azerbaijan because 80% of the soldiers in Artsakh are Armenian citizens, that's why he is against Artsakh participating in the negotiations.
Pashinyan supports defense minister Tonoyan's comments that in the event of a new large scale war, Armenians will capture more territories from Azerbaijan. PM says he would have fired Tonoyan if he said otherwise. Says this is common sense and it isn't meant to cast a shadow on the negotiations.
PM met a group of diaspora investors (energy, construction, high tech) who decided to do business in Armenia after the positive developments after the 2018 revolution. The head of the public organization which set up the meeting says more groups will arrive soon.
PM also met with the representatives of the Russian MTS telecom giant. They agreed to expand the investments in Armenia.
The United Nations and a ventures firm Granatus will invest 19.5bln into Armenian tech organizations that are specialized in social and nature protection programs.
Minister of Technology met the Canadian tech giant TELUS. They agreed to cooperate in cyber defense by creating a center in Armenia. The center will serve to connect Canadian and Armenian businesses.
Ministry of Labor will expand the program that helps hundreds of young mothers to find work. Those who became mothers and were unable to finish a higher education, will be given a 6-month hands-on training as paid interns in companies.
Since the government is paying for it, they'll receive minimum wage, but the point is to "get the engine going". The companies that train the mothers will also receive some assistance as an incentive to hire people.
Those who have 3 kids or come from low income families will be prioritized.
The government wants to reform the construction certification and property registration process to make it faster and easier the businesses.
Right now, when you finish a building, you have to call multiple places and arrange inspections with several organizations to check the compliance for fire, electric, etc, through multiple visits.
Under the proposed rules, you only call one government agency, which forms a commission consisted of all the necessary specialists, who inspect everything with one visit.
Right now, after receiving the certification by the inspectors, you have to take all the documents to the Cadastre committee to register your property.
Under the proposed rules, the inspectors will check your building then automatically send your documents to the Cadastre for registration.
This is being done to improve the ease of doing business in Armenia, and the country's international ranking.
34% of the borders between Georgia and Azerbaijan are still disputed. The process to clarify the borders begun on 1995.
3rd year in a row, Los Angeles municipality will declare April as the Armenian History month, as a tribute to the large Armenian community.
St. Louis, USA chess championship.
Tatev Abrahamyan finished second in the women's competition. Among men, Samuel Sevyan finished 4th, placing after Fabiano Caruana.
Link to original report: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/b8o1ot/anticorruption_apr22019_lfik_samo_under_a/
|2018 Daily Armenia Reports|
|2019 Daily Armenia Reports|