2020 January 4

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Anti-Corruption Daily

Anti-Corruption & News Summary - Jan/4/2019 :: Stay informed about current events in Armenian Politics, Economy, Law Enforcement Busts, Major Developments, and more...
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.


Hovo

Popular actor Hovhannes Azoyan says he was assaulted by a man named Levon Gharibyan near Dar21 studio in Hrazdan gorge after Azoyan made a remark about the man insulting and assaulting women who were gathered at an event.


Azoyan blamed the incident on a criminal subculture mindset that some people still abide by, and urged the subculture to be punished to the fullest extent of the law.


"I encourage all my friends not to tolerate this criminal mindset. Those habits must disappear from Armenia, and those who practice it should be punished by law", said the actor.

A felony investigation is launched. Police are looking for Gharibyan.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/177441

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/177443

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/177453

https://youtu.be/Z-S93O5diso

Fake News

Azeri news outlets spread fake news, originating from some Armenian-language fake news website, alleging that Pashinyan congratulated Donald Trump with the killing of Iranian general Qassim Soleimani in Iraq.

PM: We need to find out who is behind this fake news campaign meant to harm the Armenia-Iran ties. This fake news is a national security threat.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1000628.html

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/177463

army draft dodgers

There used to be a law allowing army dodgers who turned 27 to pay ~$8,000 and avoid any military service. QP allowed that law to expire as of 2020.


QP MP Hayk Sargsyan wrote another draft bill that would allow recruits to pay $21,000 and serve only 1 month. This was meant to generate money to hire more professional soldiers to replace young kids from front lines, to buy equipment, and to allow diasporans to return to Armenia without facing prison.

The bill was rejected by defense ministry mostly on ideological grounds because it would allow anyone with money, not just existing dodgers, to avoid 23 months of service.


QP MP Andranik K., Mkhitar Hayrapetyan, and IND MP Babajanyan were simultaneously working on an alternative bill.

Their version would allow dodgers above 27 to avoid imprisonment if they return to Armenia and pay a penalty equaling to 2-year salary+bonus (currently $11,500) that the average army contractor currently receives, or if he decides to serve in the army for 2 years.

Those under 27 would need to serve, but there would be no prison if they voluntarily join the army.

Diasporan dodgers could return and help the military industry for a certain period with their expertise, instead of serving on the front line.

This bill was then taken down by the 3 MPs for some modifications. It'll be re-introduced this month.

https://hetq.am/hy/article/111768

https://hetq.am/hy/article/110021


Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/ek3tm5/anticorruption_news_summary_jan42019_stay/


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