2020 June 1
- 1 Anti-Corruption Daily
- 2 Parliament bans antibiotics in cattle food
- 3 cash registers are required
- 4 Armavir ex-mayor busted
- 5 crime stats
- 6 update: Dendropark overcrowding
- 7 when will school resume?
- 8 Days since discussing 5G towers and Bill Gates: 0
- 9 Pashinyan during COVID conference:
- 10 crowd protests chapel restrictions
- 11 trade centers closed
- 12 Austrian parliament ratifies EU-ARM Comprehensive agreement
- 13 Azat Reservoir up close
- 14 Armenian army responds to Nakhijevan attack
- 15 the battle for the air
- 16 Army crime stats
- 17 Missing weapons / Dysfunctional tech / Serj & Mikael Minasyan
- 18 the arrested official...
- 19 COVID stats
- 20 Pashinyan's family catches COVID
- 21 Belarus president...
- 22 gas price negotiations
- 23 Armenia will import more gas from Iran
- 24 prison food
- 25 drug regulations / post office
- 26 Masha Mnjoyan...
- 27 Dilijan park
- 28 do you like Lake Sevan photos?
- 29 absolute unit
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Jun/1/2020 News: (1) Parliament bans antibiotics in food; Other drug reforms (2) More gas from Iran (3) Armavir ex-mayor busted (4) Army retaliates in Nakhijevan (5) Crime stats (6) COVID update (7) Missing weapons (8) Parks (9) Prison food (10) Foreign affairs (11) Cash registers required (12)...
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Happy June 1st, kids.
Parliament bans antibiotics in cattle food
Antibiotics can only be used to treat medical problems, and not for animal growth. Punishable between ֏100k-200k.
cash registers are required
Parliament approved a bill to require mobile trade merchants to use cash registers so IRS can calculate taxes. Sales receipt must include info on the type of purchased item, weight, price.
A new electronic sales receipt system will be implemented for online merchants.
Armavir ex-mayor busted
In 2010, while abusing his powers and bypassing the city council, Armavir's ex-mayor gave a piece of land to ex-HHK MP Nemets Rubo. The land lease was for 75 years so Nemets could build a shopping store. A felony case is launched.
(Nemets himself was charged with similar land crimes a few days ago. He's hiding in Russia.)
General Prosecutor Davtyan:
Fewer policemen "covered up" crimes to give themselves good clearance ratings.
Overall crime reports +8.8%. Partially because the public is more willing to report a crime. Burglaries and traffic incidents. rose.
The share of serious crime decreased from 28% (2008-2018 avg) to 18% (2019). Property crime rose 3x in this period.
In 2019 vs 2018, the share of crime against an individual -13% (by 671 incidents).
Murder incidents went from 35 to 47, but 5 were old incidents. 2018 saw record low murders.
906 total crime incidents per 100k. 1.6 murders per 100k population (5 in USA, 7 in Russia, 2 in GEO/AZE).
update: Dendropark overcrowding
when will school resume?
Education Minister: if we want classes to resume on September 1st, we have to start wearing masks the correct way, remind the kids to wash their hands and to avoid overcrowding.
Don't organize school parties with classmates. Recently a young man ignored his symptoms and went to a friend's house for a party. It turns out he had COVID and gave it to the friend's family member, who died.
Days since discussing 5G towers and Bill Gates: 0
Education Minister: dear parents, teachers, and students. Reject the foolish misinformation about 5G towers causing COVID and micro-chips being planted in COVID vaccines. Those who spread it should be ridiculed and mocked. Block them on Facebook. They micro-chip your brain to spread nonsense about micro-chips.
Pashinyan during COVID conference:
Ignore the occasional drop in daily detection number. The situation hasn't gotten better....
+7 deaths (3 of which from unrelated causes)....
Many COVID patients with chronic illnesses didn't know they had the illness until they were hospitalized with COVID...
The police ticketed 1.3k people in 3 days for ignoring safety...
Wear a mask while visiting a neighbor. Socializing with a non-family member without a mask is unacceptable...
I thank brotherly Georgia for offering COVID help. Two countries have always been together. When Georgia had a measles outbreak we sent them 30,000 vaccines.
crowd protests chapel restrictions
Last week the Education Minister asked police to prevent overcrowding near St. Hovhannes Chapel because of overcrowding. On Saturday >100 visitors complained and tried to shut down a nearby road when they learned the chapel area was restricted.
"We weren't informed that the chapel would be closed, otherwise we wouldn't come all the way from Yerevan," said visitors. Nearby residents who rely on selling items to visitors joined the protest.
trade centers closed
Food Safety Inspectors audited bazaars, restaurants, and malls, and found that traders in many bazaars don't follow safety rules. Popular restaurants Parvana, KFS, and Tumanyan Shaurma were shut down for not wearing masks or checking temps.
Austrian parliament ratifies EU-ARM Comprehensive agreement
22 out of 28 have done so far. Belgium is very close.
The treaty is about justice, security, economics, agriculture, the environment, social policy, health care, migration issues, education, and science.
Azat Reservoir up close
stray dogs in Gyumri
"My Vet" collects stray dogs and neuters them to reduce long-term population and aggressiveness. Recently they found an area where residents dumped lots of trash in the backyard. This attracted a large number of stray dogs. My Vet went and collected 12 dogs. Days later, some dogs attacked a 3yo child in this neighborhood.
My Vet: 80% of the time we have a confrontation with residents who refuse to let us take the dogs. They want the dog to give birth before we neuter them. Others think we're going to kill them.
Gyumri has asked govt for financial assistance. Recently they bought a tranquilizer gun.
Armenian army responds to Nakhijevan attack
Armenian army is doing construction to strengthen its positions on Nakhijevan border. Azeri army shot an Armenian transport vehicle days earlier.
Today a video was published, allegedly showing the Armenian side retaliating, by shooting an Azeri vehicle. The army didn't confirm or deny, saying "we only open fire to respond to provocations."
the battle for the air
Armenia recently purchased 4 SU fighter jets and plans to obtain 8 more.
Military expert Artsrun Hovhannisyan:
When used with other weapons, these jets give us a big advantage. Azerbaijan has nothing to match. Recently they purchased M-346 training jets from Italy. They plan to purchase Russian Su-35 or Mig-35 jets as an answer to Armenia's "4+" generation SU-30.
Azeris have Mig-29. The purchase of Mig-35 would be a logical step because the basics are the same, plus more modern abilities.
Even purchasing Su-35 won't give them a clear advantage over Su-30. Even though 35 is newer, the 30 has more functions and has 2 pilot seats, one of whom can handle weapons. The 30 plays better with other friendly air units.
Even though Azeris still have numerically more fighter jets (20 Mig-29), their units aren't as long-range and complex as Su-30. Su-30 can hit targets <300km away, taking the task away from human soldiers. It can help S-300 SAM units to pick targets.
As in the case of Iskander SAM units, Azeris will try to downplay Su-30. They used to say the Iskanders located in Armenia didn't belong to Armenia.
Army crime stats
General Prosecutor: crime in the army was -18% in 2019 v 2018. The solving rate was 97%.
2019: 49 deaths (20 service related)
2018: 63 deaths (38 service related)
-50% in death from the enemy bullet.
-11% serious injuries.
-33% crime by high-ranking officers.
Missing weapons / Dysfunctional tech / Serj & Mikael Minasyan
The weaponry and ammo depot was in a miserable condition before 2018, while Serj's family and his son-in-law Mikael Minasyan had millions of dollars on their foreign bank accounts. Now Minasyan has the audacity to accuse Pashinyan of "arms smuggling" when Armenia presents itself in the international weapon market and buys weapons during this wartime.
Under Serj's administration, ֏15bln was given to Serj's friend to import weapons for Armenia. They took the money and used it as a free loan, and didn't bring the weapons until the 2018 revolution.
Another ֏19bln ($40mln) was spent by them on purchasing fully dysfunctional weapons for the army. The NSS is currently investigating. One person is already arrested.
For years, Artsakh's air defense was neutered, until our administration bought the modernized ASA and AKA air units.
Minasyan and his buddies were the ones delivering food to our soldiers in the past. That's why soldiers were eating ragu and lapsha.
Have you wondered how Minasyan got his shares in the giant import-export SPAYKA company? He received ֏10bln from Syunik's ex-governor Surik "Liska" Khachatryan, which they laundered through offshore firms to buy 50% of SPAYKA's shares for Minasyan.
During Serj's administration, Minasyan used his "position" to obtain shared in Armenia TV and other media outlets, whose owners were unable to refuse the offer.
In 2017 he spent $30mln to buy Zangezur Copper mine's 12.5% shares. Why isn't Minasyan explaining how?
He was liberally paying people in Serj's circles. Vigen Sargsyan (ex Defense Minister) got paid $25,000/month. Gevorg Kostanyan (ex General prosecutor and alleged March 1st coverup coordinator) got paid $10,000/mo. Etc.
the arrested official...
NSS arrested the army's ex-chief of Radio-Electronics Division as part of the investigation about $42mln dysfunctional equipment purchase by Serj administration in 2016-17.
When his alleged ties with the $42mln waste were discovered, the NSS arrested him. He sent a letter to Pashinyan claiming his military colleagues are persecuting him.
+210 infected. +16 healed. +13 deaths (5 were "indirect"). 9492 all-time infected. 5896 active.
440 serious. 55 critical.
Healthcare Ministry will add ~150 emergency/ICU beds soon.
Pashinyan's family catches COVID
On Monday the PM revealed that he unknowingly infected his whole family with COVID. They don't have symptoms.
PM believes he got it from a staff member who sets a table before meetings, saying that the worker was earlier warned for ignoring safety rules. That worker was also diagnosed with COVID.
"I'll work from home. Please follow safety rules," said PM, who celebrates his birthday on this day.
PM's family denied media rumors about PM infecting Artsakh officials. PM and other Armenian officials took COVID tests before visiting Artsakh for the recent presidential inauguration ceremony. Artsakh president also took a test today and it came negative.
RU President Putin called to congratulate PM's B-Day and wish him a speedy recovery. They discussed AM-RU healthcare cooperation and the upcoming June 24th parade in Moscow to commemorate the 75th anniversary of WW2 victory.
Kuklashenko recently arrested hundreds of journalists, bloggers, and activists. A protest ensued.
During a security conference, he said: We won't have Maidan [revolution] before the upcoming presidential elections [for his 6th term]. We don't have Pashinyans and Zelenskies here. Both of them are talented and patriotic politicians. Our Belarussian opposition doesn't have leaders like them; they want to sell Belarus.
gas price negotiations
Gazprom wants to increase prices for the internal Armenian market by 11%. Armenian regulator suggests a 4.5% increase.
The Regulator doesn't want Gazprom to +35% the price for those residents, including low-income, who use little gas.
Gazprom wants to raise agricultural business prices from $212 to $283, while the Regulator wants $224.
If the Regulator's version is accepted, ordinary citizens won't notice a big change. Negotiations begin on June 4th.
Armenia will import more gas from Iran
Armenian ambassador to Iran met Minister of Oil and discussed the installation of the 3rd high-volt electric grid network between AM-IR. Its construction is due in 2020.
Upon completion, Armenia will export multiple times more electricity and import multiple times more gas from Iran.
All penitentiary facilities are now part of the program to deliver high-quality food for prisoners. The menu changes every week.
drug regulations / post office
Parliament voted 114-0 to approve the QP bill to allow citizens to receive dugs over mail under some circumstances.
The bill also establishes tighter safety regulations to prevent the commercial-scale imports of untested and unapproved drugs from EAEU for sales. QR codes will be used.
...sings for Australian Voice.
Unusable carousels were removed to be replaced with new attractions. A new "VereV" walking wooden pathway is installed, suspended in the air.
A new basketball court and open-air amphitheater are built. Ready when COVID is gone.
do you like Lake Sevan photos?
A 12.3lb baby named David was born in Erebuni hospital. "The mother had no problem during pregnancy." This is their 6th child.
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