2019 September 5
Anti-Corruption & News - Sep/5/19 :: Manvel's son arrested :: USAID's increased aid to Armenia :: Military :: Kocharyans :: Corruption busts up double-digit in province :: Updates on stories :: Soccer :: Universities :: Penitentiary renovation :: Kim Kardashian to arrive :: Women in govt
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.
US's USAID has increased the aid to Armenia by $8mln. Today the Armenian govt approved it.
"լրացուցիչ ֆինանսական հատկացումներ են նախատեսվում պատշաճ կառավարման, քաղաքական մրցակցության և համաձայնության ձևավորման, քաղաքացիական հասարակության, մակրոտնտեսական ոլորտներում"
Military expenditure rose 9% in 1H19vs18. The govt had earlier increased the military budget by 25% for 2019.
13 Azeri political activists won a lawsuit against the Aliyev regime in ECHR. The govt will be required to pay up to 11k Euro each for violating their rights of free speech and freedom of assembly.
Human Rights Ombudsman: "The violations of human rights have decreased in Armenia. Since 2017, the HRO office has established a practice to participate as a 3rd party during "citizen vs govt" lawsuits in European courts. This is a rare practice."
Ara Grigoryan, a son of Manvel Tushonka Grigoryan, was briefly arrested by the police after a road rage incident. Police says Grigoryan used his gas pistol to shoot towards the other driver twice, but missed. He drove away after the shooting and was arrested later. He's been released.
Arms twist https://youtu.be/NSnl03HpHuQ?t=11
Kocharyan's friend Vitali Balasanyan gave an interview to Kocharyan's media outlet, during which he claimed he knows information about March 1st and that he will reveal "when needed". He placed the blame of the March 1st deaths on Levon Ter-Petrosyan and claimed the latter's allies shot the people. The SIS invited him to a station to ask questions about the information he has.
Sasna Tsrer party's Jirayr Sefilian requested a meeting with PM Pashinyan today. He wanted to discuss the situation with the "former regime organizing a comeback". Sasna Tsrer party, a strong critic of the Pashinyan administration, sees the former regime's rise as an unacceptable scenario.
It has long been known among the public in Armenia that the large scale phone business "belonged" to the Kocharyan family for years.
A popular political analyst mentioned this during an interview to a media outlet last year. Kocharyan's elder son Sedrak then sued the analyst for an alleged defamation. The analyst told a story about how people in the store located next to a cell phone store were complaining that someone from a law enforcement agency came and told the phone store that beginning tomorrow, they can't cell phones anymore, because Kocharyan is doing that business. The next day the store owner was allegedly taken to a basement and beaten. He then shut down the store days later and went back to Russia.
Sedrak wants the analyst to prove he heard this story from others, while analyst says he isn't required to prove.
The bottom line is, now you know the old story about the phone business in Armenia thanks to the lawsuit. 👏🥤
70% more corruption busts featuring officials in Kotayk province, 1H19vs18. Damages worth 507mln uncovered.
Update: NSS earlier busted two doctors with taking bribes from conscripts to falsify their medical records to help them avoid army. It has been revealed that the suspects are Mushegh Mirijanyan and Makich Zakharyan, high ranking members at Yerevan State Medical University.
Update: Earlier we learned that a Russian arms company ORSIS's subsidiary was complaining that their auction with Defense Ministry was canceled because of improper handling by an official. Internal investigation was launched and one official is implicated, but nothing conclusive yet.
Today, the Ministry spokesman denied a rumor by a Russian media outlet which claimed that the arms dealer was suing Armenia in courts to compensate a damage. Spokesman said there is an ongoing felony investigation involving an official and banking practices, but can't give out details yet.
Seniors go to Haypost (USPS equiv.) for collecting their pensions. Minister of Labor has asked Haypost admins to investigate complaints by pensionaires, some of whom complained that Haypost employees don't pay the full amounts, try to sell a product in exchange for keeping parts of the pension, and in other instances for violating privacy laws by calling people's names publicly and disclosing their pension amounts.
Investigative Services's investigators found that the former regime's Nature Ministry officials didn't commit a felony through hiding info that would show Amulsar mining was dangerous. Journalists then found out that the chief agent tasked with the investigation had a common relative with the suspect. Conflict of interest accusations were made. One of these investigators resigned today, but the chief agent stays. The investigation of conflict of interest continues.
Police has news for you.
They installed a solar-powered projector above an Adonts St. crossing area. At night, it draws a picture of a crosswalk sign when the pedestrians are about to cross, so the incoming cars can better see them. Other lighting improvements were made to give a warning ahead of time.
Brazil's ambassador says Brazil will begin to accept Armenian university diplomas soon. An Armenian rector of Sao Paulo University will soon arrive to Yerevan to sign some papers.
The govt will spend 176mln to renovate several penitentiary facilities. Water, heating, living conditions, meeting halls, etc.
Kim Kardashian will participate in the international WCIT-2019 tech conference to be held in Yerevan this autumn. This will be her 2nd visit to Armenia.
Pashinyan bragged that his administration has the highest number of female officials. 1 minister, 12 deputy-ministers, 2 out of 3 deputy chief of staff of PM office, numerous vice presidents in IRS, Urban Development Committee, Social Security, Tourism committees.
IRS is still chasing show business stars to convince them pay taxes. Last year they complained that the people you see on the TV are making money but the records show they earn no revenue. Letters were sent to the stars. 9 of them are yet to respond. They received a letter where IRS mentions the shows they participated in, and that they assume it wasn't for free.
The govt approved changes to the law that will make it easier for farmers living near the Turkish border to visit lands on the border. Right now there is one border official in each region who gives authorization individually to each visitor. This makes the process slow. The changes would allow Russian border guards to also grant permits that can be used in multiple areas.
French aero-tech giant THALES was earlier invited by President Sarkissian to discuss investments in Armenia. The reps arrived yesterday and met a few officials. They are exploring investment possibilities.
Ukrainians: we fuxked up a nuclear plant and contaminated the whole region.
Tourists: let's go there.
Turkish president: can I have a nuke?
Miki went from Arsenal (Level 1 crook) to Roma (Level 2 crook with a tie) so fast, Armenian channels didn't have time to buy broadcasting license for the Italian league. Miki will be number 77 in Roma. Will you still watch the Arsenal matches, lads?
UEFA boss is in Armenia to watch the Armenia-Italy Europe-2020 group match.
The match begins. SPOILER ALERT. Armenia scores a goal in the 11th minute and is leading. The player who scored the goal gets a red card. Armenia plays with 10 players. Italy ties the score in the second half, they have a 73% possession of the ball.
If Armenia wins, they move to the 2nd spot in the group and will need Finland to lose their match to keep the 2nd spot.
1:2 Italy scores again. 13 minutes left.
1:3 with 9 minutes left.
Armenia is done with the first round of matches. The second round of "away" matches will be finished by the end of this year. The top 2 teams in the group proceed, while Finland and Bosina proceed regardless of score, due to "benefits". Armenia has 6 points, is on 3rd place, and still has a chance to proceed.
Link to original report: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/d05f1a/anticorruption_news_sep519_manvels_son_arrested/
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