2020 January 5

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Anti-Corruption Daily

Jan/5/2019 :: Anti-Corruption & News Summary :: 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.


The US killed a top Iranian general Soleimani with an airstrike on Baghdad, for his role in supporting anti-American military campaigns and terrorism. The issue is a sensitive topic in Iran.


Someone in Armenia created a fake article on Facebook claiming that Pashinyan congratulated Trump with the incident and that Iran officially condemned it by claiming they will support Azerbaijan's rule over Artsakh. This was picked up by Azeri, and later some Iran-based news sites.


Pashinyan complained that it resulted in anti-Armenian rhetoric. He accused the rumor spreader of creating a national security threat because of a deliberate attempt to harm Armenia-Iran relations.


The next day the National Security Service (NSS) arrested the Facebook user who posted the fake news.

NSS memo says:

NSS uses its powers within the law to protect national and public safety. The fake news created an ethnic tension. The author used a fake page under Diana Harutyunyan name. We detained him and asked him to explain his motives. The man is arrested and there is a felony case.


The video shows the author of the article explaining that his article was meant to be a satire. The Facebook page does note in a corner are that it's a "sarcasm" page. Whether it was added later, or was missed by the article recyclers, is unknown. The article doesn't contain such a warning.

In the video, he says he's been writing such articles since 2018. He admits that he is a Kocharyan supporter and finds Kocharyan's arrest unfair, which is why he decided to defame Pashinyan administration with the fake articles. Says he didn't realize that the latest piece would get viral and cause harm to the Armenian national security. He apologized and expressed regret.


Pashinyan:

The MFA of Armenia and Iran held a conversation. We sent our condolences to Iran. Both Iran and the USA are our friends. Armenia cannot take any sides here. I send my greetings to Hassan Rouhani and Donald Trump. We urge both sides not to escalate the conflict in the region.


PM was doing mountain climbing on Mt. Artanish while he made the remarks. He was joined by that Armenian-American dude who has a show on H1 TV where he hikes around Armenia. Video below:

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/177468

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/177477

https://youtu.be/yFORlxgfDNM

Ministry of Technology says:

We launched the "From Idea to Business" program. If you have an idea that can improve the economy, people's living conditions, cybersecurity, robotics, etc. you may participate. Each approved idea gets a 2.5mln grant and a free consultation to help run the business.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/177473

Armenia was included in the list of hot destinations to visit, by Financial Times. It recommends visiting ancient churches and monasteries. "Yerevan is one of the prettiest cities in the region".

The intro of low-cost Ryanair, Wizz Air, and Air Baltic played a role.

https://www.ft.com/content/a824b44e-2286-11ea-92da-f0c92e957a96

www.civilnet.am/news/2020/01/05/Financial-Times-ը-Հայաստանն-ընդգրկել-է-2020-ին-«ուր-այցելելու»-ուղղություններում/373505

Meet the giant snowman Suren

https://youtu.be/FPNuKD_eGsc


Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/ekhxxh/jan52019_anticorruption_news_summary_stay/


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