2020 June 21
- 1 Anti-Corruption Daily
- 2 ArmTimes outlet vs Mishik / Audio call & chat
- 3 Kocharyan found 2 billions
- 4 Flashback 2015 / Tsarukyan
- 5 Flashback 2018 / Was Tsarukyan really pro-revolution?
- 6 Back to our times / BHK seeking help from Russia
- 7 Court rejects Tsarukyan's arrest
- 8 German investor suing Tsarukyan for company share theft
- 9 European Parliament approves a "favorable" resolution
- 10 COVID stats
- 11 distributing more masks
- 12 Doctor's Day
- 13 More French doctors arrive
- 14 Russia sends doctors / Citizens
- 15 U.S. approves $2.7mln aid
- 16 ambulance fleet expands
- 17 oxygen fleet expands
- 18 quarantine gave no results...
- 19 government optimizations
- 20 Large whirlwind strikes Shirak province
- 21 Summer solstice live-stream
- 22 Armenians practice
Jun/21/2020 News: (1) Mishik clashes with Pashinyan's family outlet (2) Flashback. Tsarukyan's past (3) Tsarukyan sued by German investor (4) Tsarukyan avoids jail for now (5) Kocharyan receives remittances from Russia (6) European Parliament (7) COVID. More resources. More aid. (8) Nature strikes
ArmTimes outlet vs Mishik / Audio call & chat
Serj's fugitive son-in-law Mikael Minasyan was earlier caught/accused of fabricating information about cigarettes, diamonds, car skeletons smuggling, etc. which he blamed on Pashinyan's family without evidence. (search old posts for #MikaelMinasyan for details).
Pashinyan family's ArmTimes media outlet responds to Minasyan's latest accusations about Minasyan allegedly "bribing" the ArmTimes outlet years ago to remove unfavorable material. ArmTimes says they have audio and visual evidence against Minasyan's claims.
Years ago ArmTimes published an article about a certain lawsuit. The headline contained a quote from the lawsuit's participant, who used the words "Sashik and Mishik" to describe Serj's brother and son-in-law.
Mishik (Mikael Minasyan) asked his Servant1 to Servant2 to confront ArmTimes about the word "Mishik" in the headline.
Servant2 calls ArmTimes: we had an agreed not to use such terms. Please correct it.
ArmTimes: I get what you're asking, but what agreement and with whom? We won't change it.
Servant2: maybe I got it wrong; there was no agreement. But the media usually writes "Mikael Minasyan" and not "Mishik". Please change it.
Servan2 calls back: I spoke with Servant1 who clarified there was no agreement, but he said, "we had a general understanding" that you won't write Mishik. We have 10 media outlets, you have 1, let's not attack each other, please.
ArmTimes responds: Mishik won't die if we call him Mishik. [🍿🍿🍿]. Let him use his 10 outlets to attack us. We don't have any "understanding".
Servant2 responds: Servant1 says you misunderstood; we weren't saying there was an agreement. It was a "silent understanding" about not cussing each other.
ArmTimes responds: we won't change.
[end of convo]
On a different occasion, ArmTimes admits deleting a slur against Minasyan's wife and children years ago after being confronted about it. They found it inappropriate and feared a lawsuit against them, but there was no "agreement" as portrayed by Mishik.
ArmTimes uses this story to claim Mishik used to bribe outlets to cover up unfavorable articles about the former regime.
Tags: #Mishik #MikaelMinasyan
Kocharyan found 2 billions
Ex-president Robik Kocharyan was able to scrap together AMD 2bln to post his bail, with the help of Russian businessmen, specifically Tashir Mall's owner Samvel Karapetyan, Monarkh owner Sergey Hambardzumyan, and Genadi Stepanyan.
Robik will go home after finishing the ongoing medical care in Izmiryan hospital.
Meanwhile, prosecutors are preparing to appeal the "release" verdict in Cassations Court.
Ruling QP party said they don't care about the verdict and aren't controlling the judges.
Flashback 2015 / Tsarukyan
President Serj wants to change the Constitution to turn Armenia into a parliamentary state because his two terms as president expire soon. He wants to get re-elected as PM.
Tsarukyan doesn't like this change because he feels "robbed". He refers to the Serj regime as a bunch of thieves who stole billions, and calls for protesters to flood the streets. Tsarukyan and Serj launch verbal attacks.
Serj launches a reprisal. Gago capitulates but keeps Kotayk province as his stronghold.
Flashback 2018 / Was Tsarukyan really pro-revolution?
Revolution happened months ago. Armenia is waiting for snap elections. HHK drafts a sneaky plan to never let it happen by passing a bill that would allow them to indefinitely delay certain procedures, robbing temporary-PM Pashinyan of ability to achieve snap elections.
HHK's bill is dubbed as a "counter-revolution bill".
BHK, which chose not to join Pashinyan on the streets during the revolution, joined HHK and ARF to pass the counter-revolution bill.
The process was stopped by President Armen Sarkissian who refused to sign the bill, sending it to Constitutional Court. Half a year later the Court would approve the bill, but by then, Armenia had already held the elections.
Back to our times / BHK seeking help from Russia
BHK MP recently gave an interview to a Kremlin-run propagandist Vladimir Solovyov who portrays the anti-corruption fight in Armenia as a "dictatorship".
Court rejects Tsarukyan's arrest
Lower court judge Robert Papoyan chose not to jail BHK chief Gagik Tsarukyan pre-trial.
The judge found enough evidence against Tsarukyan, but doesn't believe Tsarukyan will "misbehave & falsify evidence" if he remains free pre-trial.
Prosecutors will challenge the verdict as they believe Tsarukyan can influence witnesses and evidence, considering his wealth and connections.
Tsarukyan is charged with illegal business dealings, election fraud, and land appropriation.
In Nov/27/2019 we learned how a German investor accused Tsarukyan of stealing their 3.2% shares of Ararat Wine Factory through financial machinations.
The investor is still suing Tsarukyan; they want a proper investigation. The trial was set for Feb/2020 but it's delayed due to COVID. "We hope the Armenian system will deliver justice so Armenia won't lose yet another case in the European Court for Human Rights," said the investor.
The alleged share takeover happened 12 years ago.
European Parliament approves a "favorable" resolution
EP voted 507-119 to approve a document that talks about the Eastern Partnership and conflicts in eastern Europe.
Artsakh conflict is separated from other land conflicts in the region and presented more favorably while respecting Helsinki Act which respects self-determination.
The section where the "territorial integrity" is presented more aggressively doesn't apply to Artsakh conflict. It only applies to conflicts where Russia has direct participation.
QP MP welcomed the resolution saying "this is EP's real stance on Artsakh, and not what those 3 rapporteurs wrote earlier."
Republic of Armenia: +560 infected. +148 healed. +19 deaths.
10802 active. 9002 healed. 350 deaths. 95754 tested.
Republic of Artsakh: 32 active, 65 healed, 80 quarantined, 0 deaths.
distributing more masks
Healthcare Minister, Pashinyan, Sarkissian, and others congratulated and thanked the doctors for selfless dedication against COVID.
More French doctors arrive
The second group of French medics, led by Loran Pazazyan and co-funded by USAID, have landed in Zvartnots airport.
Russia sends doctors / Citizens
Red Wings jet flew a group of Russian volunteer doctors to Yerevan. It was organized by Viva Foundation led by Moscow #4 Clinic's chief Melkonyan.
The doctors were joined by conscripts who came to serve in the army, as well as ordinary citizens who asked the Armenian embassy in Moscow for help to return to Armenia.
U.S. approves $2.7mln aid
The State Department transferred $2.7mln to Armenia to fight COVID, as part of a worldwide campaign.
ambulance fleet expands
Healthcare Ministry obtained 6 SUVs, 5 ambulance cars, and will soon bring 20 more, to serve Yerevan and provinces. The World Bank is helping.
oxygen fleet expands
Armenia purchased 3 large oxygen generators from China. They'll be installed in 3 hospitals to serve more patients. 3 more are on their way, said Pashinyan.
quarantine gave no results...
...in Azerbaijan. The numbers have increased after the holidays during which the public was told to stay home. The serious/critical cases have also increased, said Azeri CDC.
The govt decided to declare another 2-week quarantine and require paperwork before leaving home.
PM's office shut down 5 govt-funded organizations tasked with various emergency/seismic work because of redundancy. Their work is done by relevant Ministries.
Large whirlwind strikes Shirak province
50 houses in Geghanist and surrounding settlements were damaged and had their roofs scattered around by a big whirlwind captured on video. No deaths.
Summer solstice live-stream
Qarahunj observatory will - for the first time - live stream June 21st Summer Solstice.
As for the Fing of Fire (moon almost covers Sun) that'll be observed across the world but not in Armenia because God hates Armenians for making khorovats seasoning too salty.
75 Armenian soldiers marched during a training in Moscow for next week's WW2 victory parade.
Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/hddiky/jun212020_news_1_mishik_clashes_with_pashinyans/
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. Helpful overview of Armenia's media ownership and leanings.
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