2019 October 10
Anti-Corruption & News Summary - Oct/10/2019 :: Police vs Mayor vs Director :: Turks vs Kurds -- Armenians in the middle -- Who and Why :: Auction & Military Aid reforms :: Traffic & Domestic Violence :: Lake Sevan :: ECHR :: Money for... :: read more inside...
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.
Armenian Genocide monument will be installed in Petah Tikva city, 6mi from Israeli capital Tel Aviv. An Armenia-Israel cooperation forum says Tikva and Gyumri will be declared sister cities.
Police says they busted the mayor of Gyavar:
In March-May of 2018, the mayor abused his powers and allowed a friend to dismantle a kindergarten and embezzle 3.5mln in materials. They then falsified records to cover their tracks.
Between 2016-2018, the mayor abused powers to sign a contract with a business belonging to his father, overpaid the business, embezzled 3.8mln.
The felony investigation continues.
Felony case is launched against the former director of Yeghvard school N3. The director registered fake employees and embezzled 1.8mln in salaries and 1.5mln in aid in the past several years.
Turkish army has launched an invasion of Northern Syria, after the US administration removed its 50 soldiers that were in the planned invasion area. US says it won't aid Turkey, and will "destroy their economy if they cross the line".
Turkey says the invasion is necessary to secure the Turkish southern border because "Kurdish militias routinely attack Turkey from Northern Syria". Turks want to create a 30km "security zone".
Several Syrian settlements were bombarded by the Turkish army. Armenian population got caught up in the middle of it. While the vast majority of Syrian-Armenians are outside of this region, there are several thousands who live in these northern cities.
Dozens of Armenian families have been evacuated, more will flee soon. Hundreds of Armenian families are currently near the area where Turkey is bombing oil rigs. No Armenians were killed per evening report by the govt's security committee. The Parliamentary committee for diaspora affairs has been tasked with monitoring the situation. Dozens of Kurdish civilians were killed.
Armenian MFA condemned the invasion, calling it dangerous for ethnic and religious minorities. Armenia will continue to provide humanitarian aid to friendly Syria, says the memo.
Armenian humanitarian group in Syrian does not participate in military actions. They are located near Aleppo, which is south-west from the war zone.
NATO: Our ally Turkey is concerned about its security. It is the subject of terror attacks, and is currently sheltering millions of Syrian refugees. It's important to prevent de-stabilisation in the region. We hope the Turkish actions will be proportional.
France has condemned the invasion.
Iran has demanded Turkey to withdraw the army.
Finland condemned the actions and will end the weapons deal with Turkey.
Egypt has condemned the invasion and summoned an Arab nations league meeting.
Germany: It's a bad move which can lead to humanitarian disaster. Stop it.
Holland: We condemn the move.
Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned the military invasion and expressed solidarity with Kurds.
EU wants Turkey to withdraw the troops. They will not help Turkey with creating a buffer zone.
Russian MFA: We understand Turkey's frustration. It's best to find a solution through a dialogue with Syria, however.
Donald Trump: US won't aid the invasion. It is a bad idea.
Pashinyan: Armenia condemns the Turkish invasion of Syria. It will only make the humanitarian crisis worse in the region. We urge the international community to take action to stop these illegal actions, and to provide safety for minorities.
Erdogan threatened EU with sending 3.6mln refugees from Turkey to EU, if EU takes action against the invasion. He says Turkey has an agreement with Syria, according to which, if Syria can't contain Kurdish PKK group on its own, then Turkey "has the right to intervene".
Syrian MFA has condemned "criminal Erdogan" for invading northern Syria and for attacking civilians under the pretense of anti-terror fight.
Turkey claims to have killed 109 Kurdish fighters. Kurdish fighters responded by launching a rocket fire from the Syrian territory towards Turkey, killing 6 and wounding 70.
Interview with an Armenian from the Syrian city of Qamischli in the North-Eastern part of Syria, which could soon become an epicenter of Kurdish-Turkish battles. The city has thousands of Armenian residents:
The government made a decision to extend the deadline of the law which allows people from Syria, Lebanon and Iraq to get Armenian passport more easily, from the local consulates and embassies.
The European Court for Human Rights has ruled that prisoner Davit Matevosyan was wrongly arrested and had his other rights violated by the former regime after the March 1st events. Armenia will pay him 6.3mln.
Matevosyan joins the ranks of other prisoners who were sentenced solely based on a policeman's testimony after March 1st.
Parliamentary committee continues to question April Battles witnesses to find out if the rules of engagement and defense/offense preparations were done properly in 2016.
They questioned the former defense minister Mikael Harutyunyan's aide. "He gave a very important testimony."
The govt gave a tax waiver to Contour Global electricity producer firm to invest 16.6bln in equipment and raw material imports. 10 extra jobs with 750k salary.
The firm will produce 15bln worth electricity each year in Syunik province.
The government is working on reforming the auction system to require the companies, which participate in auctions to win a govt-contract, to present proof that they are a "real company" by submitting relevant bank documents.
Pashinyan complained that many times a company turns out to be phony, and govt wastes resources fighting things in courts.
The new law will apply to future contractors that win a >10mln worth contract.
The govt approved the 2019-2023 justice reform plan. The article includes all the details:
The govt approved a Ministry of Social Affairs bill to create a universal domestic abuse database. It will not only show the numbers, but also tell what type of abuse and where it was done. It'll help to understand their nature and to implement preventative measures.
Beginning Jan-2020, the govt will expand the aid list of soldiers and their families who suffered from loss.
Incidents that happened after 1998 will be covered. Up until recently, only 2017-onwards were covered. Families of dead soldiers and soldiers will disabilities will qualify for aid.
The monthly aid will be increased to a total of 300k in average, out of which 240k will come from the 1k-fund and 60k from another govt program.
The govt is working on a bill to prevent traffic jams by requiring car accident parties to hurry up with their back and forth arguments in the middle of the road.
Many countries have a law that requires accident parties to take photos, exchange info, then move on. In Armenia, many times they keep the street blocked over a $100 incident, complains vice-PM Avinyan.
Nature Minister Erik Grigoryan:
We drained 30mln m3 less irrigation water from Sevan than legally allowed. This saving equals to the amount of water we over-used last year. Qvid.
Lake's levels are 5cm higher than last year. It would be better if it wasn't for high temps. Next year we expect another algae bloom.
Minister of Territories: we expect to have better results next year.
Pashinyan to Minister of Territories: It's a bold promise considering the unpredictable weather. But too late, you've already promised it'll be better.
BA DAMM TSSSS
The govt gave 424mln to Hayantar forest protection institute to recover "unprecedented" 150 hectare of forests and carry out other tasks. Forest agents will have a uniform.
The govt gave 252mln to Justice Ministry so to can buy prison contraband detection tools, improve safety, etc.
When the luxury phone brand Vertu released a $10,000 useless dumb-phone covered in gold, I knew that some գյամշ in Armenia would salivate over it, but I would never in my life imagine that a prisoner would get one.
But then again, it's small and easy to hide in the anal cavity. It's a win-win if set on the vibrate mode, the correctional officer can't hear.
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