2019 August 28

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Anti-Corruption Daily

News & Anti-Corruption - Aug/28/2019 :: Hydro-plants shut down by Nature Protection Min. :: Former mayor busted w/corruption : Sports center director busted :: Former Nature Minister assets :: Theaters :: Salaries+ :: Pashinyan humiliates wife :: other stories...
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.


Yerevan municipality earlier withheld some of the funds from garbage collector Sanitek because of alleged contract violations.

Sanitek says the city hasn't paid them 300mln which will make the garbage situation worse in the near future.

The city is keep buying its own garbage trucks to slowly help/replace Sanitek.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/168136

Nature Protection Ministry has suspended the licenses of 2 hydro power plants, issued in 2012 and 2017. Earlier, they were given 15 days to fix a problem regarding their activities causing a damage to the water quality, says Ministry. The firms deny the accusations, claiming the problems mention by Ministry were caused by the 1988 earthquake.

The firms took the Ministry to court. Last year they filed a lawsuit against the governor and a local mayor after they publicly complained about the plants' operations.

https://hetq.am/hy/article/106773

Update on the fight between environmental activists and locals near Jermuk:

At 22:30 a group of young activists begun to chant "Amulsar is ours, Amulsar won't become a mine". A 57 y/o local resident complained about the late-hour noise. Activists didn't take it lightly and begun to beat the man. The man's brother came to help but got injured himself. One activist is arrested, two more are charged with hooliganism.

https://hetq.am/hy/article/106779

Police: the former mayor of Hayanist stole 5.3mln through salaries between 2005-2010 by falsifying employee records. Between 2003-2007 he falsely registered the current mayor as an employee and stole 1.7mln. Felony case is launched against the former mayor.

https://hetq.am/hy/article/106772

Police: the director of a gov-funded sports center stole 2.3mln after falsely registering his wife in 3 job positions and paying wages, between 2016-2019. Between 2012-2019 he stole 5mln by illegally collecting 10k/mo from the students.

Between 2017-2019 he embezzled 4.6mln by turning part of the property into a paid parking lot and collecting fees from nearby residents.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/168099

Last year the former HHK Nature Protection Minister Aram Harutyunyan (and two accomplices) was charged with a multi-million $ bribery and money laundering, regarding issuing illegal mining licenses. He is on hiding.

The Investigative Committee says they froze a property asset registered under Harutyunyan's relative's name, where Harutyunyan's family lives. Assets of a real estate firm belonging to Harutyunyan and his wife are also frozen.

https://hetq.am/hy/article/106784

PM: theater attendance has increased by 41% in 1H 19vs18. Museum attendance was up 31%.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/168105

PM: forest protection workers will receive a salary raise in October.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/168141

EU ambassador Pyotr Switalski is departing https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/168167

Minister of Economy says Armenians are behind the world leaders by 15x in GDP per capita, 8x less productivity than avg. EU state, 2x less productivity than leading EAEU states. Comparisons show that using technology in various fields can greatly improve these numbers. Trade in EAEU can help the economy. He spoke about various methods to improve the economy...

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/168163

2 QP MPs will soon submit a draft bill to allow students to annul their student loans by getting a side job and paying taxes. The bill was suggested few months ago and it's meant to encourage work and financial independence from the young age.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/168133

Archaeologists found a 2,700 year old paintings with a synthetic blue paint (pigment) used by Urartians. It's the oldest in the region. The painting was found near a fortress built by king Rusa 2 near Lake Van. The earliest known use of this non-natural paint was in Egypt about 5k years ago.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/986163.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_blue

Nikol Pashinyan cucks his wife Anna Hakobyan on Facebook Live. They were talking about people having romantic dates near Karapi Lich when Pashinyan said he's been in one of these spots but doesn't remember if it was with her or someone else. 💯

PM called Mayor Marutyan to ask why the little island in the middle of the lake is closed with gates. They ended up opening it for public.

5:23 https://www.facebook.com/nikol.pashinyan/videos/509923493106348/

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/168169

Արարատ հուպ տու, Լյուքսեմբուրգին կուլ տու. Tomorrow, Ararat soccer club could do what was last done 40 years ago by the OG Ararat. All they need is not to lose the match against Luxemburg with a big score. Luxemburg, with a population of 590k, was founded few hundred years ago by witch hunters. It'll take a witchcraft for Ararat not to proceed to the group stage.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/168130


Link to original report: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/cwpt2g/news_anticorruption_aug282019_hydroplants_shut/


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