2020 July 28
- 1 Daily news and anti-corruption report
- 2 Tavush Battles / How did it start and end?
- 3 Bordering residents to get subsidized gas/electricity/taxes/cattle/books/++
- 4 Another bill seeks to subsidize education and pre-school bills.
- 5 Pashinyan's interview to Russian RBK media / AM-RU relations / Margo Simonyan & Aliyev
- 6 NSS wants to regulate civilian drone use on the border
- 7 Armenian diaspora post-Tavush battles / Zareh Sinanyan
- 8 1st lady's peace initiative
- 9 Movie about April 2016 battles
- 10 another arrest linked to BHK leader Tsarukyan's business
- 11 Kocharyan & Co trial resumes / Travel & Cash
- 12 The judge returns the stolen cash
- 13 Addiction Center chief addicted to money?
- 14 COVID stats
- 15 COVID vs railway rides in 1H20 vs 1H19
- 16 Business aid post-COVID
- 17 They screwed up the detonation again
- 18 what a good boy
- 19 Old Firdusi district to turn into a tourist spot
- 20 Alternative road
- 21 shiny new school in Gavar
- 22 A new $70M reservoir
- 23 Gavar hospital obtained...
- 24 Thanos did nothing wrong
- 25 Support David's Daily Armenia News Summaries!
Daily news and anti-corruption report
Jul/28/2020 news: / Tavush Battles - Pashinyan's interview TLDR - Russia relations - Margarita Simonyan - Karabakh / Bordering residents to get subsidies / Firdusi tourism / Diaspora / 1st lady / Anti-corruption news: BHK, Kocharyan, judge / COVID vs economy & railways / Money / Infrastructure++
Tavush Battles / How did it start and end?
Bordering residents to get subsidized gas/electricity/taxes/cattle/books/++
If the bill is passed, for the next 3 years, the residents of all 36 Azeri-bordering villages will continue to receive certain subsidies, plus new types of aid, as part of a $2M aid package.
50% discount on electricity, gas, irrigation water.
100% discount on land and property tax.
50-100% for school books.
100% for home repairs damaged by Azeri fire.
100% to buy a new cattle if Azeri fire damaged the farm.
Civilians who sustain injuries/die from Azeri fire will get a free medical treatment plus $5000/$10,000 one-time aid.
Another bill seeks to subsidize education and pre-school bills.
Pashinyan's interview to Russian RBK media / AM-RU relations / Margo Simonyan & Aliyev
the dear leader
Aliyev's rhetoric got militaristic months before the clashes, and a week earlier, he threatened to exit peace talks, saying that the world as a whole has moved to use force to solve problems.
You gotta ax yourself, why did Aliyev attack Armenia and not Artsakh?
A week before the attack, AZ military admitted that they can't attack Karabakh because Armenians installed night-vision and other cameras across the border [with the help of U.S. diaspora, as stated by Zakir Hasanov]. Plus there are many Azeri villages near the Karabakh border. It was hard to attack Karabakh.
So they chose the Armenian border with "fewer cameras" and fewer Azeri villages on the border.
gotta prove it
For years, Aliyev promised Azeri citizens to solve the Karabakh conflict with war. After spending billions of $ on the military, he had to prove it wasn't all in vain.
I've said this before: don't use the language of threats against Armenia. But they kept insisting they have a superior army and can take Karabakh in 24 hours.
They created this myth for 15 years. Now the myth is gone, so they're furious. The myth is gone because the Armenian army dealt a heavy blow, something that not even certain circles within Armenia thought would be possible.
The military modernizations of the past 2 years have paid off.
Turkey vs Russia
Turkey has a goal to control the South Caucasus. They're pouring fuel on the fire. Russia played a key role to stabilize the region.
Many Armenians wonder why Turkey openly supports Azerbaijan, while Russia - a military partner of Armenia - doesn't do the same for Armenia. Here we have to remember that Russia is an OSCE member.
Russia is still interested in this region for geopolitical reasons.
Angry Մարգո տոտա
Q: some people in Russia (RT propagandist Margarita Simonyan) say that Russia might have provided more help if Armenia recognized Crimea as part of Russia.
Pashinyan: first time I hear that. No such discussions in official or non-official forums. Armenia hasn't even recognized the independence of Karabakh. It's inappropriate to bring up Crimea.
where does Robik fit in all this?
Q: Margo Simonyan complains that you arrested Russia's ally Robert Kocharyan.
Pashinyan: Russia has to realize that Russia's allies aren't Kocharyans, Pashinyans, or other individuals or clans, but rather the Armenian people.
Every rumor that Armenia would abandon Russia post-revolution turned out to be false.
The "anti-Russian" NGOs that operate in Armenia that Margo Tota complaints about, have also operated under the RoboSerj administrations which were considered "pro-Russian". Why were they allowed to operate?
CSTO was balanced in its rhetoric. We didn't petition for military aid. We informed them about clashes.
ethnic clashes in Moscow
Armenians didn't start it. It started when the Azeri market banned Armenians, followed by physical clashes, which are a result of 15-year-long hateful rhetoric in Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan wants to destabilize Russia.
Karabakh's role in negotiations
If Ilham doesn't want Karabakh to be part of negotiations and wants Armenia to represent Karabakh, that means he accepts that Karabakh is part of Armenia (4D mind-chess right here, folks).
I'm not gonna talk to Ilham until the tensions ease.
BTW, Armenians and Azeris should stop fighting on the internet.
The interview: https://youtu.be/emEZRDhN5Hs
NSS wants to regulate civilian drone use on the border
The army radars catch the amateur drones when tourists and locals fly them close to the border. They don't like the "noise", so they asked the govt to restrict it.
NSS proposed a bill to require a license for flying a drone near the border, for filming the army trenches, facilities, sensitive objects.
Armenian diaspora post-Tavush battles / Zareh Sinanyan
London's St. Yeghishe church served a liturgy dedicated to fallen soldiers. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193634
Swiss-Armenian held a protest in front of UN office in Geneva: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1023331.html
15 Azeris were arrested during protests in Iran. https://www.panorama.am/en/news/2020/07/28/azeris-detained-in-Iran-after-anti-Armenian-demonstrations/2335559
It's over. Azerbaijan wins. A group of Turkish mountain climbers held a sign "Karabakh is Azerbaijan" on top of Mt. Ararat. https://www.1lurer.am/hy/2020/07/24/Թուրք-լեռնագնացները-Արարատ-լեռան-գագաթին-տեղադրել-են-«Ղարաբաղը-Ադրբեջանն-է»-պաստառ/283120
Aliyev regime arrested 2 more political opponents from the National Front. https://www.azatutyun.am/a/30753633.html
Diaspora Committee chief Zareh Sinanyan: the civilian attacks were sponsored by Turkey and carried out by Azerbaijan. Every country handles these crimes differently. The U.S. is investigating the school incident as an isolated attack, while the work done by Russian authorities is broader. Things appear to be under control.
There was baseless criticism that our office didn't do enough to unite the diaspora during the attacks. People may not be informed about what we do. When things happen in other countries, our actions on their land must be carefully thought-out.
Some critics said "Sinanyan must be in Moscow right now". Okay, but why in Moscow and not in Berlin, or in Los Angeles (where another attack took place)? We work. We don't show-off things to pretend that we work. We were in touch with ambassadors and community leaders since day one.
Full interview: https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/193640
1st lady's peace initiative
Anna Hakobyan created "Mothers for Peace" initiative in 2018 and invited Azeri mothers to join the movement. Despite Aliyev's opposition, 1st lady says there is some interest in Azerbaijan.
500,000 people visited the website recently, with some of them from AZ. The admins won't release details about AZ visitors to prevent them from being targeted by the Aliyev regime.
Movie about April 2016 battles
A new movie is being filmed about the 2016 battles. A segment was filmed inside Garni temple, which made some residents believe hooligans were partying inside the protected monument.
A while ago we learned that Sedrak Arustamyan, who is BHK party leader Tsarukyan's right-hand man, was arrested for allegedly stealing North-South highway construction funds.
He was leading a construction firm called STONES. The authorities say another STONES official has been charged with money laundering.
Kocharyan & Co trial resumes / Travel & Cash
"March 1st" defendants Kocharyan and others were in court.
Defendant Khachaturov asked the judge for permission to leave Armenia to his homeland Georgia for 2 days. Although the prosecutor wasn't against the reason for the travel, he said COVID would cause complications. The judge denied the travel.
Defendant Armen Gevorgyan (Robik's middleman) asked the judge to lift the arrest on his bank account and properties, which were frozen in 2018. He argued that his basic rights were violated.
Robik Kocharyan also asked the judge to lift the arrest on his assets. "The legality of my assets can not be doubted by anyone," said Robik. He's talking about the govt-issued house and the money he earned from his role as Russian SISTEMA company's board member.
Prosecutor asked the judge to preserve Kocharyan's $6M and Armen Grigoryan's $2M asset arrests.
Verdict on August 4th.
The judge returns the stolen cash
2020 July 21|NSS earlier arrested]] a judge and charged another one as part of the incident about judges allegedly rigging an apartment auction to buy it for cheap, and embezzling salaries of fake employees.
The official returned $19K in embezzled salaries.
Addiction Center chief addicted to money?
Investigators busted the director of govt-funded Addiction Center with alleged embezzlement since 2016.
+239 infected. +692 healed. +10 deaths. 158,527 tested so far. 9.330 active. 719 deaths.
Members of foreign diplomatic missions and organizations no longer have to quarantine upon arrival. Experts tasked with helping the economy and medicine are also exempt.
COVID vs railway rides in 1H20 vs 1H19
Internal: 133K vs 166K
International: 4K vs 13K
Business aid post-COVID
EU will issue grants to Armenian tiny-medium businesses affected by COVID. The business must have innovative ideas, use technology, respect personal safety, a plan to enter the market.
Applications are accepted until August 12th. https://factor.am/272374.html Central Banks is satisfied with inflation:
We predict 1.9% by the end of 2020; it's at the lower end of our scale.
Low inflation is our priority right now. If we had 10% inflation, the consumer prices would rise by 30%.
We have accumulated capital and public trust.
They screwed up the detonation again
Last week a company failed to detonate a factory building in Yerevan. Police were dispatched to guard the unexplored TNT.
The F-ed up again today. The TNT exploded but the building stands. Bravo 👏👏👏👏👏
what a good boy
A camera recorded a bear in Khosrov Forests. It really needs some back-scratching.
Old Firdusi district to turn into a tourist spot
Earlier we learned that Yerevan's Firdusi district is being replaced with a new project, and that complaints were made after an old building was destroyed. The city and ministry officials pointed fingers.
Deputy PM Avinyan says the historical buildings will be preserved. New 2-4 story buildings will be built with old-style wooden balconies.
A 250-meter pedestrian avenue will be created for tourists.
Project video: https://youtu.be/u4zi7nCIeGI?t=9
Tatev-Aghvan's 12km road is being renovated with a double-layer asphalt and water removal network. Costs $2.4M.
This was the continuation of the road repair near Satan Bridge. Next year the other 17km will be rebuilt, followed by 10km in 2022.
In the end, Goris-Kapan will have an alternative 40km high-quality road to boost trade and tourism.
shiny new school in Gavar
$2.7M was sent to rebuild Gavar's #2 school. It withstands 6.9M earthquakes and meets the safety code.
The nearby Sevan-Martuni-Getap and Yeranos roads are also being repaired, after 20 years.
A new $70M reservoir
PM held a meeting about a $70M Kaps water reservoir, co-funded by a German bank.
The works begin in 2021. It'll have a 51m wall and 60mln m3 volume.
Akhuryan river's infrastructure will be renovated.
1.3mln kWh electricity will be saved each year. 7,000 ha more irrigated lands.
Gavar hospital obtained...
.... three latest-generation medical equipment for dialysis, blood exam, intra-operative x-ray to make complex surgeries accurate and fast. "Expect higher quality services," said the administration. Send your child's drawings to art exhibition
4-15 yo Armenian kids can participate in Kanagawa World Children's Art Exhibition until August 22nd, which is held once every two years.
Thanos did nothing wrong
The symphonic orchestra will play Hollywood movie tunes on July 30th.
You've read 1903 words.
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