2019 November 5

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Anti-Corruption Daily

Anti-Corruption & News Summary - Nov/5/2019 :: Pashinyan won't help Armenian airlines :: Kocharyan supporters unfairly arrested :: Education Minister to resign? :: Privet Rob :: Trials :: Dating :: Amulsar miner to use loophole :: Mayor & Cop arrested :: Consumer prices 2019 vs 2018 :: Free Internet
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.


Goooood evening

my darling readers.

This Reddit account has been sold to Robert Koch, the illegitimate brother of Koch brothers. Enjoy your refreshed daily news handpicked from award-winning sources.

"Կանանց 10 տիպեր, որոնց հետ երբեք չի կարելի հանդիպել."

10 types of women whom you should never date:

1) Gold diggers

2) Drama queen

3) Princess

4) Overly attached

5) Complainer

6) Feminazi

7) Chameleon (mimics you)

8) Dreamer

9) Control freak

10) Overly secretive

(Remember to have sex only with a person of opposite gender, and to give birth to at least 5 children.)

https://168.am/2019/10/14/1185195.html

"Տղամարդու վարքագծի 10 տեսակ, որոնք պետք է քեզ մոտ կասկած հարուցեն"

10 traits in men that should raise a dating red flag

1) He is obsessed with you

2) He asks too many questions

3) He is too careful

4) He talks too much

5) His social media life is different from personal life

6) He doesn't want to put effort for you

7) He can't make up his mind

8) He disappears sometimes

9) Uses too much smartphone

10) He lies a lot

https://168.am/2019/10/15/1188001.html

9 things that grown men should know about women.

https://168.am/2019/10/21/1190329.html

Taron Avia airlines has stopped operating, and the Pashinyan administration won't do anything about it.

The airlines CEO complained that Russia passed a law that taxes foreign incoming jets. This made the company's flights non-profitable. We aren't entirely sure if the firm has actually shut down because they wouldn't answer our calls, but we'll blame Armenian government for this.

https://armlur.am/944268/

https://youtu.be/2GQStL66RWg

(This also affected Pobeda airlines but they said their ticket prices to Russia will go up by $5 instead of $25)

You may remember the incident between the judge who kept Kocharyan in jail, and the Kocharyan-allies journalists who simply walked next to the judge for 10 minutes and asked her whether she is a crying dog who awaits for orders outside of her master's office rooms.

We have some exclusive details from that encounter, which was fully broadcasted live on Facebook and there is really nothing exclusive or interesting left.

It turns out, as you've already seen on the video, the judge pushed the innocent journalist's hand away while he was shoving a microphone on her face. The journalist is complaining about a mistreatment by the judge. "I wasn't trying to be disrespectful of pressure her", said the journalist.

Առերեսման ընթացքում journalist պնդել է, թե դատավորին որեւէ կերպ չի վիրավորել, միտում չի ունեցել նրա նկատմամբ ճնշում գործադրելու, պարզապես ցիտել է վարչապետ Փաշինյանի խոսքերը` կապված որոշ դատավորների հետ:

Մութաֆյանն ասել է, թե «դատավորը հարվածել է իր ձեռքին ու գցել է հեռախոսը, որը վնասվել է»:

https://168.am/2019/11/05/1198870.html

You may be aware of the satanism that Education Minister Arayik Harutyunyan financed last week. A group of Western-brainwashed women read Yeghishe Charents poem while not standing still ԱԼՄ-style. For their blasphemy, they received a just criticism.

ARF party promised to organize protests and force the Minister to resign. A group of traditionalist students in EPH university, concerned with the wrong direction that the country is headed, plan to hold a protest and demand Harutyunyan's resignation for not wanting to require all university students to take classes that they've been taking in the past 12 years, classes that have nothing to do with their major.

Stay tuned, developing story.

https://www.yerevan.today/all/krtakan/42547/eph-um-dasadul-kanen-ynddem-nakhararutyan

BREAKING: ARF holds a protest in Northern Avenue, dances Kochari, demands Minister Harutyunyan to step down. Will the minister leave for destroying Armenian traditional values? Why is Pashinyan silent?

Stay tuned, developing...

https://youtu.be/OuQkZSQfC-M

Serj Sargsyan met US ambassador Lynn and said:

HHK has worked for years to create a real democracy in Armenia. Democracy is the only path for Armenia. Democracy is the only counter-measure to populism seen in many countries. Our party's top priority will remain to be Armenian and Artsakh security.

http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/274762/

USSR boss Leonid Brezhnev's driver's license can now be yours if you win an auction starting at 1.5mln Rubles. Don't miss your chance, supplies are limited.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/173210

Citizen reports that a policeman demanded a $200 bribe to solve a case in his favor.

Sting operation catches the policeman while taking the bribe

The policeman is arrested.

https://youtu.be/aQs0O7gtgpw

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/994130.html

They evolve.

Mayor of Shenavan and his brother are arrested. Nope, not embezzlement. They kidnapped a man and beat him up on the farming fields, according to police. A felony case is launched.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/994235.html

18 years ago president Kocharyan's bodyguard(s) beat up and killed a man for greeting Kocharyan with "Privet Rob" (hi rob). The bodyguard got away with a short suspended sentence for "involuntary manslaughter".

Recently, a British citizen named Steven Newton came forward and said he witnessed the murder incident, and that it was not an accident but rather a deliberate murder, contrary to what the court ruled. Witness says at the time he sent a letter to the court to offer a testimony but the court ignored him.

It turns out there were other witnesses, too. Ethnographer Gayane Shagoyan says the court and investigators flat out refused to invite her as a witness.

The prosecutors recently re-opened the murder case and interviewed 10 people. The suspect bodyguard will also be interviewed.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/173146

General and former MP Manvel Grigoryan is preparing to transfer 100% of his Ara & Aytsemnik firm shares, as well as 109 pieces of real estate, under court control as a compensation. 20% of the real estate has been analysed so far, their cost reaches 1.5bln so far.

Today the court again refused to release him under bail.

Manvel was charged with billions in tax evasion and theft.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/173155

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/994204.html

Kocharyan is back in court. Earlier the judge ruled that Kocharyan does not necessary need to be freed pre-trial, after the Constitutional Court struck down a law related to politicians' immunity.

The judge is Anna Danibekyan, the one that was earlier followed around and harassed by pro-Kocharyan activists.

Defense offered to release Kocharyan on bail. They are convincing the judge that Kocharyan won't intervene with the case if freed, and that keeping Kocharyan locked up would be against a Constitutional Court decision related to a relevant law.

March 1st victim lawyers argued against releasing Kocharyan, saying that nothing has changed in the past 15 days after the judge made the first decision not to free Kocharyan.

Another lawyer complained that Kocharyan was rude to a prosecutor during a past trial and told him "you will sit down and listen", and that releasing him will increase pressure on the investigation.

Another lawyer said that the Roboserj activists who harassed the judge were seen visiting Kocharyan's family house, which raises risks. (Search "Safaryan" in my prior posts and read how a journalist got mugged then hired detectives)

Prosecutor argued that Kocharyan has connections abroad and is a flight risk. Defense counter-argued that Kocharyan is low flight risk, and that apparently the judge found this to be true during the last trial.

Prosecutor argued that Kocharyan govt has already influenced the March 1st case once by pressuring others to cover up army's involvement, thus increasing the risk of future similar pressures.

Verdict is on Thursday the 7th.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/173169

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/173172

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/173174

Amulsar miner Lydian goes dirty, plans to use a "loophole" to bypass a Nature Ministry ban on river use.

Earlier the Ministry prohibited Lydian from draining water from Darb river this season, because the river volume was already too strained. The Ministry had to delay the process for more evaluations, before giving Lydian a rejection notice.

Lydian claims that during this river evaluation process the Ministry exceeded the 50-day response window, responded about 2 weeks late, therefore Lydian has the right to use the river water. They plan to take the case to court.

https://factor.am/196762.html

Freedom House report talks about the freedom of internet in Armenia:

Armenia has 76 points (up 3 points) and is the leader in Asia. It is tied with France in the 8th place in world. Last year Armenia was 13th.

Positive trend continues after the 2018 revolution. The Prime Minister supports free net. Opposition media receives a lot of hate by users, and tough rhetoric by the govt. Violence towards online journalists have decreased. Digital press has seen a massive relief from govt pressure.

Armenia is the most free in Asia now, ahead of Japan and South Korea.

Azerbaijan and Turkey are among the nations with not-free internet access. Iceland first, China last.

Armenia was in top-3 countries with the largest gain. In 2017 the country was in Partially Free status. In 2018 and 2019 it became Free.

(The report isn't only about govt vs internet, it's more complex. Read the full report below.)

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/173152

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/994169.html

https://www.freedomonthenet.org/country/armenia/freedom-on-the-net/2019

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/173185

CSTO military bloc meeting happened in Armenia.

A Parliamentary committee official later complained that Russia is silent when Azerbaijan shoots at Armenian border, and it sells weapons to Azerbaijan.

The Russian side responded saying Armenia hasn't petitioned CSTO to intervene to help in regards to border shootouts. Also Russia sells weapons to both sides, and sometimes Azerbaijan complains that Armenia gets the newest weapons not used elsewhere.

QP MP Alen Simonyan: Russia always gives the same responses about selling weapons to both sides. It's unacceptable that a CSTO state sells weapon to a country that's in conflict with a bloc ally. Can you imagine the scandal if Armenia were to sell weapons to a country that's in a conflict with Russia? I don't accept the idea that if Russia doesn't sell weapons to Azerbaijan, then someone else will. We still value the bloc and plan to remain a member.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/173173

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/173179

Greek president Կիրակոս Միցոտակիս դզյա visited Armenia. Exchanged nice words✅. Visited Genocide memorial✅. Said Greece will help Armenia with EU cooperation and visa regime talks✅. Spoke about Armenian and Greek diasporas, and Cyprus✅.

Greece: we help u cooperate with EU✅

Armenia: we help u cooperate with EAEU✅

President Sarkissian: Yo, France, I'm really happy for our relations. I'mma let you be my friend in Europe, but Greece and I have one of the best relations of all time! It goes well beyond the Arm-EU relations. We cooperate within UN and elsewhere. ✅

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/994240.html

https://factor.am/196996.html

https://hetq.am/hy/article/109512

Consumer product prices in October of 2019 vs 2018.

Overall up 0.9%.

Food as a whole remained about the same.

Fruits up 8.3%

Up: plum, strawberry, banana, watermelon

Down: apple, pear, peach, etc

Veggies up 9.3% ( cabbage and garlic are down)

Dairy, cheese, eggs down 2.2%

Meat down 3.5%

Sugar down 4.2%

Bakery up 3.5%

Alcohol and tobacco up 4.7%

Fuel down 10%

Clothing up 2.2%

Utility services up 1.1%

Healthcare up 1.6%

Transport up 2.4%

Education up 3.7%

Hotels up 2.1%

Culture and leisure down 1.1%

https://hetq.am/hy/article/109492

Chess player Anna Sargsyan scored the best personal result in European team competition, and won gold. FIDE will soon give her the title of a grandmother.

Levon Aronyan won silver in a similar fashion .

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/17318

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/994208.html

Forbes: Armenian Wines Are Kicking With Quality. Large increase in wineries and quality in the past year.

(+1 for Karas)

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tmullen/2019/11/04/armenian-wines-are-kicking-with-quality


Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/ds3qy2/anticorruption_news_summary_nov52019_pashinyan/


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