2019 August 2
Anti-Corruption & News from Armenia - Aug/2/2019:: Military industry budget to rise 114% ::: Military prosecutors uncover 37x more stolen funds; 6x more recovered ::: Former MP's car targeted ::: NSS busts itself ::: 3 directors busted ::: Sanitek ::: Stats ::: New trade route ::: Dog mafia
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.
Azerbaijan, Armenia and Cyprus are the youngest European states according to Eurostat. Citizens between 25-29 make up 9.4%, 8.9% and 8.5% of the population respectively.
Update: for Summer-2019, the army recruited 15% more military conscripts than predicted. It's partially due to young men voluntarily returning to Armenia to serve. Hundreds of conscripts were recruited in the tech field of the military.
The government has decided to increase the expenditure on the military industry by 114% for 2020.
Military prosecutors have released anti-corruption stats for 1H19. The number of investigations rose by 12% vs 1H18. 20 felony cases filed for harming the state.
1H19 the uncovered damages were 9.7bln. In 1H18 it was 264mln, or 37x less.
1H19 they recovered 321mln. In 1H18 they recovered 61mln, or 5x less. Most funds were recovered after the perpetrator confessed and returned the funds.
Railways giant Հարավկովկասյան երկաթուղի released stats for 1H19 vs 1H18.
Cargo transport up 2%. Freight turnover up 9%. Exports were up, imports down.
10% more passengers (total 229k). Domestic travel up 9%. International travel up 15%.
A few dozen Armenian workers in Russian Sochi city's airport claim they are being pressured to resign because of their ethnicity. They say the terminations begun last year and 200 workers are affected. The Armenian embassy was involved. Russian authorities discussed it with the airport officials and the workers.
The airport released a statement denying ethnic discrimination. They say terminations are due to some corporate standards and the employees apparently didn't meet it.
(There is a big Armenian diaspora in the city of Sochi.)
One of Lori province's largest job makers in Teghut mine, which was shut down last year due to financial and other problems. Recently they restarted the factory operations after a July 8th safety examination gave it a green light. 900 residents have jobs again.
The report says the former owners of Teghut manipulated the public though a misleading information about the mine to justify their failed management. The full report inside...
Update: Georgia and Russia have been working on alternative land routes because the Upper Lars road often get shut down due to traffic and bad weather.
They will invest $559mln to build a new 23km road, a 9km tunnel, 4 other tunnels, 6 bridges, by 2020. This should solve the trade problem for Armenia as well.
Yerevan's sole garbage collector Sanitek gave a press conference. They denied the rumors that part of company's car fleet was owned by former mayor HHK Taron Margaryan and that he is sabotaging the cleanup operations.
They said the increasing number of tourists, bad quality products, ever-expanding residential areas and new streets, are some of the reasons the garbage isn't being cleaned fully on time. Sanitek says they offered a new contract to Yerevan city to raise the payment to Sanitek so they can do more, and meanwhile do temporary steps to ease the garbage situation.
Yerevan purchased its own garbage trucks and offered to lease some of them to Sanitek, which the company agreed to do. Sanitek says the city then changed its mind, citing legal reasons, and demanded Sanitek to do its part of the current lease and buy its own trucks instead.
Sanitek says they agreed to buy new trucks under 3 conditions: city will not cancel the contract with Sanitek, city provides a financial assistance to Sanitek, city must completely renovate Nubarashen landfill so Sanitek's trucks don't break down often. The city did not respond positively to the demands.
After this, city organized an auction (won by Kamaz) and purchased its own trucks to establish a city-run mini garbage collector.
As for garbage bins, Sanitek says their contract mandates them to provide 8,000 bins, and a conditional contract mandates 10,000 bins. Mayor earlier said 16,000 are needed, before ordering the city to purchase a few hundred bins at city's expense. Sanitek says a significant part of their bins are destroyed or burned, causing them a damage.
Sanitek is asking for city to change the contract. In return, they promise $4mln in new investments if some conditions are met.
Yerevan municipality's BHK representative was present at the conference, said the company still isn't serious and they didn't get satisfactory information.
Mayor Marutyan said Sanitek is simply not capable of doing their duties properly. Says city negotiated with them. He insisted that the contract requires Sanitek to install 16,000 metal garbage bins, but only 90 of them are made of metal.
A bomb exploded on the Yerevan-Sevan highway, causing a significant damage to the asphalt. No physical injuries. 2 cars were damaged. The passengers are believed to be the targets and are treated as victims.
The law enforcement is treating it as an attempted murder and illegal use of weapons and explosives. One of the damaged cars, which was the target, belongs to the former (BHK?) MP and controversial businessman Shshi Melo.
Melo's driver fled the scene with the car despite being told by the cops to stay. He was found and brought back later. The investigation revealed that the wannabe assassin planted a bomb on the road and detonated it when the target car was driving nearby.
Deputy Justice Minister says Armenia has to ratify the Istanbul Convention (domestic abuse prevention) in order not to lose credibility in international institutions. The Convention was signed in January 2018 and is set to be ratified once it is verified to be compatible with the Armenian law.
Police says they busted 3 school and college directors with corruption:
Hagharcin school director registered a worker who didn't show up but received 2mln in state funds between 2015-2016.
Stepanavan school director stole 5.7mln in a similar fashion between 2008-2018, and stole part of the food donated to low income residents by United Nations.
Vanadzor polytechnic college director stole millions by registering 5 people as workers, including family members, who never went to work but got paid.
End of police report.
Fancy 50FPS video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZecTvfxkkY
NSS busts NSS's Erebuni branch's chief and his aide for threatening to deport a legally residing Indian citizen and extorting $20k from him. They then physically assaulted the victim and stole another $3.7k. The incident happened this July.
Bad boys stealing a license plate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veoNM5z2fio
Link to original report: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/cl8q6s/anticorruption_news_from_armenia_aug22019/
|2018 Daily Armenia Reports|
|2019 Daily Armenia Reports|