2020 July 27
- 1 Daily news and anti-corruption report
- 2 Tavush Battles / How did it start and end?
- 3 Borders
- 4 Donations for soldiers & Army
- 5 Armenian and Azeri civilians around the world
- 6 It didn't take long to go after him... / Azeri ex-ambassador
- 7 (angry face emoji here)
- 8 French media talks about widespread corruption by Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban
- 9 Judge with financial ties to Kocharyan donors will preside over Kocharyan trial
- 10 Supreme Court suspends a judge
- 11 NSS busts corrupt IRS agents
- 12 MP gets in trouble after partying
- 13 Verdict in the case of ex-governor Liska's assassination attempt
- 14 update: Activist facing assault charges
- 15 Ani's mayor is sentenced to 2.5 years for corruption
- 16 COVID vs economy / Hit hard but recovering
- 17 $9.4M nature project in Syunik province
- 18 Aid for Armenians who're deported back
- 19 Artsakh bans gambling...
- 20 re: Solar project is advancing in Gegharquniq
- 21 Trashy behavior - garbage bin = watch yourself on YouTube
- 22 Infrastructure repairs
- 23 Martiros Saryan's garden...
- 24 Byurakan observatory
- 25 Can you get drunk on cheese?
- 26 Healthcare system expansion since 2019
Daily news and anti-corruption report
Jul/27/2020 news: / Post-Tavush battles / Aliyev vs ex-diplomat / Weapons / AM & AZ civilians / Governor's assassination plot / Kocharyan's friendly judge / Mayor sentenced / Anti-corruption busts / COVID vs economy / Deported? / Infrastructure & Solar & Nature ++ / Free healthcare / Cheese, baby
Tavush Battles / How did it start and end?
Days after Tavush battles ended, an Armenian contractor died from sniper fire in Tavush at 1:10 am.
Armenian MFA: Azeris are provoking again just days after OCSE's statement about peace.
Donations for soldiers & Army
After the Tavush clashes, the Soldiers' Insurance Fund received $650,000 in donations from ordinary residents in 55 countries, mostly form Armenia and the U.S. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193600
Neytron military company, the partner of Armenia-based Kalashnikov factory, donated $250K worth bulldozers and excavators to the army. (cough anvakh cough) https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193626 Azerbaijan used shrapnel bombs against civilians
After the Tavush battles, sappers discovered 2 un-exploded Azeri shells filled with shrapnel, "which is against international law".
Armenian and Azeri civilians around the world
Several Armenian businesses were attacked and civilians were beaten by ethnic Azeris in Russia last week after the AZ-AM border clashes. 7 Armenians later attacked an Azeri restaurant.
offers to compensate
The owner of Russian PECO is an Armenian businessman Sergey Sarkisov. He vowed to compensate for damages sustained by the Azeri business. https://www.azatutyun.am/a/30747739.html
Azeri singer's story
Azeri singer from Moscow addresses Azeris who provoked fights: I took my laptop for repair. There are booths owned by Armenians, Azeris, and Russian. While Russian techies were figuring things out, the Armenians approached and asked, "brother, are you an Azeri?"
For the first time, I was afraid to reveal it, so I said no. They noted that I had an Azeri accent and left. I was scared because of a few Azeri provocateurs' actions. If I was beaten and taken to hospital, would Azeri Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva pay my hospital bills?
The taxi I use is often driven by Armenians. If he drove me to somewhere else and beat me up as revenge all because you attacked his father, who would pay for it, Ilham Aliyev?
I sing in many Azeri restaurants where the patrons are Armenians who hold Armenian wedding parties there. The vast majority don't support these attacks. https://youtu.be/tkmSNEznPN4
34 people are facing charges. 4 of them will be arrested pre-trial. All of them will be deported and denied entry to Russia for 5 years. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193552
Armenian community leader in Russia shared a video in which an Azeri worker at Azeri-owned Food City admits to hooliganism, and called for Moscow administration to shut down Food City just as Cherkezon market was closed years earlier. (Food City earlier kicked out Armenians)
fake murder story
An Azeri man from Ukraine uploaded a video accusing media of spreading fake news about Armenians allegedly shooting and killing 2 Azeri students. "There were no Armenians there. Yellow journalism is inciting hatred."
The ambassador and Armenian church in Ukraine urged Armenians to be vigilant and not to respond to provocations.
Several Armenians were attacked in Istanbul. An Armenian shop was vandalized. Turkish MP Garo Paylan met the Istanbul governor to discuss it. https://factor.am/272187.html
Armenians protested in front of the Azeri embassy in Czechia. Azeri counter-protesters gathered in front of the embassy, joined by the Turkish ambassador. It went peacefully. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1023187.html
Canadian MP Annie Koutrakis urged for peace and said the "ethnic Armenians in Karabakh have suffered long enough". https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193541
The Guardian article about Apricot war: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/26/moscows-fruit-stalls-become-frontline-of-a-border-skirmish-2000-miles-away#img-1
New York Armenians held a protest against Azerbaijan's aggression in Tavush. https://youtu.be/4BSkoyPKHBU
Armenians dancing in Harvard square. A few counter-protesters: https://youtu.be/cYGBWsV236Q?t=4
It didn't take long to go after him... / Azeri ex-ambassador
Days earlier, an Azeri dissident Arif Mammadov, a former MFA diplomat in the EU, sharply rebuked Aliyev and accused him of coordinating the attacks against Armenians in Moscow and elsewhere to divert attention away from internal problems.
Mammadov allegedly wrote a letter to Belgian police to complain against the Azeri govt and Azeri special forces.
Today the Azeri govt media accused him of treason and spying for a foreign state. "I cannot comprehend that for many decades, a 'diplomat' named Arif Mammadov worked in the system of the Azerbaijani MFA," writes the outlet.
"...But Mammadov went even further. Addressing Azerbaijani youth and migrants, he urged them not to participate in rallies against Armenia and the Armenian diaspora."
The outlet attacks Mammadov's record as an inexperienced person at the time of his appointment at MFA. The irony is that Aliyev's newest Foreign Minister is also inexperienced.
Context: Ilham Aliyev has been criticizing some of his ambassadors lately, calling them agents of foreign states and traitors.
(angry face emoji here)
Aliyev's media is angry that Jordan, "a Muslim country", is selling weapons to Armenia. The outlet wrote that President Sarkissian invited his good friend Jordanian King Abdullah to Armenia. The latter, who usually visits foreign countries for just a day, stayed an unprecedented 2 days in Armenia.
The outlet writes that Jordan became the second country after Russia to produce RPG-32, which is being supplied to Armenia.
Azeri MFA summoned the Jordanian ambassador for chitchat.
French media talks about widespread corruption by Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban
Judge with financial ties to Kocharyan donors will preside over Kocharyan trial
"March 1st" defendant president Kocharyan was earlier allowed to post $4.1M bail and be released pre-trial. He claimed he didn't have that much money, so Russia-based businessmen vouched for him. One of the donors was Tashir Group's owner Samvel Karapetyan.
The prosecutors are appealing the bailout verdict to send Kocharyan back to jail. The Appeals judge is Kocharyan's donor businessman Samvel Karapetyan's friend and in-law.
Businessman's wife transferred $10K to the judge's wife sometime in the past.
Prosecutors asked judge Serjik Avetisyan to recuse himself, while Kocharyan lawyers asked him to stay. The judge chose to stay.
Nothing to see here: https://factor.am/272220.html
Supreme Court suspends a judge
At the request of Justice Ministry, the Supreme Court warned judge Naira Mkhitaryan for "severe problems". She received another warning recently, and today the Supremes suspended her.
NSS busts corrupt IRS agents
The report says: in March/1/2018 a law was passed to ban the import/registration of cars with a right-side wheel. Several IRS agents took bribes and forged documents to authorize the vehicles.
MP gets in trouble after partying
QP MP Hayk Sargsyan was seen partying in Sevan's White Shorja beach. QP leaders reprimanded him and said, "he'll be penalized for violating safety rules".
The MP said he didn't organize the party but stopped by to participate while on vacation. He issued an apology for "not wearing a mask for a brief period".
The police were sent to White Shorja beach to investigate the organizers. The MP was fined.
Verdict in the case of ex-governor Liska's assassination attempt
Ex-governor of Syunik province Surik "Liska" Khachatryan had "problems" with a businessman. It escalated into a feud, and an assassination attempt was made in 2015 with shots being fired at his car. No one was injured.
The two defendants argued that Surik staged his assassination attempt to frame the businessman. This was collaborated by Goris city's ex-police chief, whose forensic examination of the windshield allegedly concluded that it was staged.
However, today the 2 suspects were found guilty and received 12 years in prison. They plan to appeal, saying the judge was under governor's influence for years.
update: Activist facing assault charges
Ani's mayor is sentenced to 2.5 years for corruption
Ani city's HHK mayor Artak Gevorgyan was found guilty of embezzlement and forgery and sentenced to 2.5 years. He's banned from public office for 3 years.
The defendant denies wrongdoing and plans to appeal the verdict.
COVID vs economy / Hit hard but recovering
June 2020 vs June 2019: economic growth -7.5%. Construction -23%. Services -16%. Trade -12%. Consumer inflation +1.7%.
1H20 vs 1H19: economic growth -4.7%. Agriculture +1.7%.
It's recovering now. The economy in May vs April was +13%, while June vs May was +15%.
June vs May: Construction +22%. Exports +15%. Imports +13%.
$9.4M nature project in Syunik province
To discourage illegal deforestation, the govt is creating jobs and issuing grants for the population living near forests.
Aid was provided to greenhouse businesses, garbage trucks to help local settlements, two new sports complexes, water heaters and new roofs for residents, 9K newly planted trees, solar heaters for 147 farms, etc.
Aid for Armenians who're deported back
Those who're deported back to Armenia will receive aid size of the minimum wage for 6 months to avoid becoming homeless. There is also consultation for legal and work issues.
Artsakh bans gambling...
.... over the internet and vending machines. "Many citizens lose their wages and create marital problems because of gambling," said president Arayik.
re: Solar project is advancing in Gegharquniq
Last year we learned about plans for massive solar projects in Gegharquniq. Five settlements will have solar farms.
This year the govt reclassified 110 ha land so they can be used for solar. Another 436 ha public lands are authorized to be leased to solar businesses.
The construction begins in 4Q20 or 1H21.
Trashy behavior - garbage bin = watch yourself on YouTube
After years of garbage collection problems, Yerevan finally purchased more garbage bins and trucks in 2019.
Who needs all of that if people are going to dump the trash wherever they want, wonders the city. They'll install cameras in areas known for illegal dumping.
It's $100 for plebs and $310 for officials. 2018=407 fines, 2019=139 fines, 2020=44 fines.
$50M worth irrigation networks are being installed or repaired. It'll irrigate additional 11K hectare lands, save $622K/year in upkeep, save 12 million kW/h electricity.
10 km of Meghri-Lichq road is being renovated with multi-layer asphalt, water removal network, plus 2 bridges. Costs $2.1M.
Martiros Saryan's garden...
...is being renovated in Yerevan with more trees, irrigation networks, and accommodations. It appears to be part of Yerevan's new "Active Citizen" initiative.
International Astronomical Union chose to extend Armenia's Byurakan observatory's role as its South West Asian regional office for another 5 years.
Can you get drunk on cheese?
Mikaelyan family moved from Yerevan to Gegharquniq to launch a milk farm in 2012. Little did they know that it'll turn into something much bigger.
They won a UN grant that helps rural businesses; the Russian govt transferred the grant.
Today they run a one of a kind cheese factory in Armenia that attracts many foreigners.
"We started from zero. No knowledge about cheese. No cash. 3 years of effort and 3 tons of wasted milk. Today we produce 10 types of cheese infused in cognac, wine, and herbs."
"The French are very proud of their wine and cheese. After testing ours, they often tell us that we should be proud of our work because we produce real high-quality French cheese. It's a compliment. We all know this is an Armenian cheese, though."
Healthcare system expansion since 2019
Pashinyan reports the changes in the Healthcare system since 2019:
400,000 low-income/disabled residents began receiving more types of subsidized care, including 18 expensive treatments.
Heart surgeries, services for soldiers and their families, emergency workers' medical services, etc. became uncapped for hospitals so they could treat more patients.
Heart surgeries rose 22% after it became free.
Cancer surgery became free, so 3.4x more people used the services.
15 MeV-strong radiation treatment became free. 1024 treatment since then.
The poverty barrier was lowered so more people could qualify for general subsidized care.
Pregnancy care was expanded to provide more services to high-risk women.
A contract was signed with Danish insulin producer to provide an uninterrupted supply to 21K patients in Armenia and Artsakh. until 2022.
Kids will get 25 types of oncology medications for free, instead of 14.
A 5-year development plan is being drafted.
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