2020 April 23

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Anti-Corruption Daily

Anti-Corruption & News -- Apr/23/2020 -- Early cancer detection in Armenia / Institutional police reforms / Salaries raised / Soldier families get free healthcare / Economy to shrink / Tuition subsidy / Garni mayor charged / Cop is arrested (lol?) / Cultural events / Chatbot Tiko reporting for duty
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.


The church rang the bells across Armenia

to commemorate the 105th anniversary of Genocide.

"Ari im sokhak" song was performed Live in Tsitsernakaberd. There will be an 11-hour long concert tomorrow. The public won't be allowed to join.

Several international politicians spoke about Genocide. Italian MP Julio called it unacceptable not to recognize the Genocide for economic or political reasons.

Video: https://youtu.be/W7Zil4UuWjU

Photos from Tsitsernakaberd: https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/186371

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=633008404210200

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1013226.html

Former Culture Minister Amiryan sues movie producer Galstyan

for alleged defamation, after producer claimed that Minister borrowed 7mln for Cannes Film Festival pocket change but never returned it.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/186286

"Sabre Dance"

documentary movie about legendary Armenian composer Aram Khachaturyan will reach the Japanese theaters in Luly/2020.

General producer Ruben Dishdishyan: It's unbelievable. The movie, directed by Youssif Razikov with the help of the Russian Culture Ministry and Russian-Armenian community, is being distributed by Japanese agencies.

The movie premiered in Nov/2019. It talks about the origins of Sabre Dance and Khachaturyan's biography.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/186251

Govt created State College of Culture named after Charles Aznavour

after merging two relevant culture institutes that were "providing the same services": acting, singing, movie production, performances, etc.

"Layoffs are expected, partly due to reduced attendance."

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/186300

17th-century Armenian gravestones were unearthed

by a Turkish homeowner while renovating his backyard in the western Nazilli region near the Mediterranean.

The stones were moves to a local park.

PIC: https://factor.am/243528.html

Robik Kocharyan filed another petition

asking the court to free him from jail, citing his age and COVID risks.

https://factor.am/243500.html

Foreign Ministry says a phased resolution of Artsakh conflict is not on the table,

after Russian MFA Lavrov got "pushy" and claimed it's been an option (Armenia gives lands and Azerbaijan opens borders), which is favorable for Russia because it could introduce their troops in Artsakh according to analysts.

Armenian MFA responded:

There was no phased resolution paperwork on the table during Apr/2019 meeting between AM-AZ-RU.

Armenia has not accepted the pre-2018 offers for a phased resolution.

Armenia has not been engaged with any phased negotiations post-2018.

Armenia will not accept any resolution that doesn't provide full independence and security to Artsakh.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/186302

Former mayor of Garni is arrested

and charged with corruption after PM's office snitched, SOC audited, and prosecutors launched an investigation.

Prosecutors say the Mayor leased a land to his wife for pennies. The wife collected millions from subcontractors but didn't pay fees. 14mln in damages since 2006.

A felony case is launched against the wife, too. She is told not to leave Armenia, unless she develops health issues and needs to travel to Russia or France ASAP.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1013243.html

The Stray Animal Neutralization Center

run by Yerevan is under a felony investigation after the municipality's auditors found improper use of resources between Feb/Mar.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/186312

Policeman is arrested and charged with multiple briberies.

He is accused of:

Taking $60 bribe to help an illegal logger avoid justice.

Taking $40 bribe to forge docs to helps another suspect avoid justice.

Falsifying docs to cover up illegal logging.

Several similar causes. A felony case is launched.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/186358

Real estate transactions +13.5% YOY in 1Q.

WE ARE WAITING FOR THE 2Q RESULTS THANK YOU.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/186353

==Չաթլախ Տիգրան (update: Chatbot Tigran, sorry for typo)== is an Armenian Facebook bot created by a UN initiative.

It will ask users their opinion about Yerevan's Oghakadzev Park, tell stories about the park, gather info to be used for its future development, etc.

https://www.facebook.com/chatbottigran/

Relax dude, it was just a prank.

The Emergency Team has relaxed the travel restrictions in parts of Armenia. Inter-province driving is allowed, and the road-check outposts will be removed. The freed-up resources will be targeted towards known risky areas.

Some businesses can operate.

Includes chemical production, locksmiths, some heavy industry and machinery branches, book publishing, research facilities, PC & tech repairs, etc.

Employers must provide transport to workers,

and workers cannot leave the job site while at work, according to the latest Emergency order.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/186347

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/186281

Coronavirus infections +50,

reaching 1523. Over 16k tested.

659 healed. 840 receiving care. 230 pneumonia. 10 critical. 5 people on lung ventilators. 24 deaths.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/186291

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/186292

Economy is expected to shrink 2%

due to COVID, says Economy Ministry. It was earlier expected to grow 4%.

"The rise of foreign debt is inevitable, but it will remain manageable. Parliament will discuss."

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/186323

https://factor.am/243485.html

Armenia will soon launch a system to detect cancer early,

after the Physics Institute used expensive cyclotron device, purchased by Healthcare Ministry in 2019, to successfully create the necessary isotopes for the detection.

They just need to import some toxic liquid from Belgium to do a final test and begin the work. Armenians won't have to travel abroad for this type of medical screening anymore.

https://www.civilnet.am/news/2020/04/23/Հայաստանում-շուտով-կգործի-քաղցկեղային-հիվանդությունների-վաղ-ախտորոշման-համակարգ/382743

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/982622.html

Govt approves tuition/loan subsidy for students.

It covers the second semester. This is the 14th COVID aid package.

1) Must be Armenian citizen,

2) 100% tuition subsidy if a last-year student with A-grade,

3) 75% tuition subsidy if a non-last-year student with A-grade, or 100% subsidy if the student qualified for other similar aid.

4) >B-grade students' newly issued loan's interest will become 0%, while the existing loans will become 0% if they qualify for other assistance.

5) <B-grade students' NEWLY issued loan interest will be cut in half to 4%, while EXISTING loans will go down to 4% if the student qualifies for other assistance.

About what % of students will get help?

For example in Shirak State University, there are 600 graduates this year. 150 A-grade students will qualify for a 100% tuition subsidy. This is without counting B-grade and other students who get lesser aid.

Central Bank has 11,150 student loans.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/186296

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/186338

Govt will double the size of postgrad scholarships.

Education Ministry wants to pay 65k for Armenology students, 60k for Natural Sciences, 55k for Economics, 65k for Doctorate.

"We want the young postgrad specialists to explore."

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/186309

Govt approved a free healthcare expansion to include family members

of contractor soldiers. 16 types of complex surgeries will become fully subsidized. Dental services and joint prosthesis's material costs aren't covered.

Recently it was expanded for mandatory conscripts' families, but not for contractor families. The gap is being closed.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/186303

Orphanage salaries to rise 30%.

Vanadzor Orphanage was closed earlier. The saved up 141mln will be distributed among 5 other orphanages to raise salaries for 230 staff by 30%.

700 additional nursing home workers received a raise on Jan/1.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/186306

Govt approves the massive police reform plan proposed by Justice Ministry.

Its purpose is to improve the recruitment and training of cops, make them more trustworthy in the eye of the public.

The Patrol Agency and Traffic Police will be merged under one unified Patrol Service.

A new Internal Affairs ministry will include a new National Guard (aka existing Police Forces) and a new institute of "detectives".

The reforms will return most of the preliminary investigation's duties to the police. They were transferred to the Investigative Committee in 2014.

The new Detectives Institute will be tasked with solving certain criminal cases and will serve as a link between various agencies.

Police Academy will train policemen to be "intolerant to crime, respect the law, value public safety, etc."

The new policemen should be educated, preferably speak multiple languages.

The police will be more like a "Ministry", which will reduce the Prime Minister's influence and increase Parliament's oversight, a move that has long been encouraged by the opposition.

These changes need to be discussed by Parliament first, before becoming law and being enacted by 2022.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/186313

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/180226 https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/180293 https://m.facebook.com/rustam.badasyan/posts/2875020369216046?refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fazat.tv%2Fnaxatesvum-e-nerqin-gortseri-naxararutyan-stextsum%2F

https://factor.am/243431.html


Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/g6snfh/anticorruption_news_apr232020_early_cancer/


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