2020 May 15

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May/15/2020 News: (1) SIS charges NSS agents & Cops for letting a suspect flee (2) Judge charged with forgery (3) Fugitive ex-official faces 2bln abuse charges (4) HHK scorches EU for praising Armenia's achievements (5) Here are the rules (6) National Archive (7) Yerevan news (8) New ISP created
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.


SIS investigators bust rogue NSS and Defense Ministry agents

SIS report says:

A 2003 murder suspect obtained an illegal Georgian passport and fled to France.

In 2010, while in France, he used his fake passport to ask President Serj to get Armenian citizenship. The NSS began reviewing his petition.

In 2011, Serj gave him a passport. The suspect used it to move to Armenia, where he applied to join Defense Ministry to oversee conscript education. He received grants.

In 2012, the Ministry fired him for "incompatibility with the position". However, the suspect continued to get paid.

In 2015-16, the Ministry gave him a personal vehicle and routine "pocket change" worth 9mln.

The SIS investigation reveals that he didn't exist "on paper".

In 2015 the police decided to prohibit him from leaving Armenia. They caught him in Vanadzor but he was let go, instead of being handed over.

Then the suspect was caught in Zvartnots airport while trying to flee. He was released again by the cops, who went on to remove his travel restrictions.

The suspect took a flight and fled.

NSS agents knew the suspect was wanted for murder but deliberately chose not to pursue him. 🔥🔥🔥

The SIS has launched a felony investigation against NSS, Defense Ministry, and the Police officials. No names yet.

https://factor.am/250376.html

SIS investigation concludes the judge forged documents

A plaintiff contacted prosecutors in 2018 and complained that judge Davit Grigoryan forged documents about a trial to claim that the judge attended the trial on time, and met all the deadlines, and that the trial was delayed because of the plaintiff.

An investigation was launched against the judge in 2018. Sometime later in 2019, this judge was picked to hear Robert Kocharyan's case and he ended up releasing Kocharyan from jail. Meanwhile, his forgery investigation continued. His office was raided.

Today the SIS concluded the investigation, confirming the alleged forgery, also naming the judicial secretary as a co-defendant. SIS says the two forged the documents multiple times, claiming it was the plaintiff who didn't show up. SIS says the co-defendants weren't in the courtroom on the date when they claimed they were.

The judge is charged with Felony 314.1 "official forgery" punishable between 200,000 AMD fine to 4 years in prison. His case is sent to court.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/188000 , https://www.arlis.am/documentview.aspx?docid=69646

New abuse of power charges against fugitive prince / 2bln in damages

Serj's son-in-law Mikael Minasyan was earlier charged with money-crimes. SIS is pressing more charges. The report says:

Minasyan served as a senior aide to PM then deputy chief of staff of President, between 2007-2012. During this time, he abused his powers and caused 2bln in damages to HIN ERIVAN HOLDING company.

The investigation began after HIN ERIVAN's representative wrote a complaint on May/3/2020. The complaint stated that in 2007 his company was given the right to renovate ODEON cafe near Opera building. Minasyan then illegally obstructed the business activities, causing 2bln in damages.

Minasyan is charged with Felony 309.3 abuse of power, punishable between 200,000 AMD to 4 years. End of report.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/188030

HHK asks EU not to give Armenia good marks on Democracy achievements

HHK Ashotyan to EU: your ratings are inaccurate and are an insult to those who're under illegal political persecution.

The full letter to EU ambassador Wiktorini: https://news.am/arm/news/578943.html

COVID stats

+184 infected. +94 healed. +4 deaths.

2304 active. 4044 all-time.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187994

What businesses will reopen next week? / Safety rules

Small buses cannot have standing passengers; passengers = number of seats. In long buses, standing passengers must be 1m away. The bus entrance must have an alcohol sanitizer for the boarding passengers. Passengers must wear masks and gloves. Full disinfection > twice a day, or after each long trip. Etc.

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Kindergartens cannot have >12 kids. Prioritize those kids whose parents had to go to work. Measure their temps first. A 2m distance during lunch and sleep. No group festivals. Air ventilation every 2 hours. Full disinfection every day. Etc.

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Stores with 20m2 area can only have 2 shoppers.

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Beauty salons must have a dedicated employee tasked with sanitizing after each patient, measuring temperatures, making sure visibly sick clients don't enter, air ventilation ever 2 hours, etc.

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Taxis cannot allow a passenger next to the driver seat. Triple-layer masks, gloves, and sanitizers for drivers. A piece of paper visible to the passenger, explaining safety rules. Full sanitation every 3 hours. Etc.

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Everyone must carry masks in open public places, but they don't have to put it on while walking in a park.

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Also allowed: large shopping malls, gyms, open-air cultural-historical sights, small cultural groups can train, passport services, etc.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187983 , https://www.gov.am/files/docs/4049.pdf , https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187990 , https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187991 , https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187992 , https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187993 , https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187997 , https://armtimes.com/hy/article/188010 , https://factor.am/250210.html

Armenia receives Hydroxychloroquine

Indian ambassador handed over a batch of HCQ drug to Armenia, enough for 5,000 patients.

Read about HCQ's possible side effects on Mediterranean ethnicities.

http://arka.am/en/news/society/indian_ambassador_hands_batch_of_hydroxychloroquine_for_treatment_of_armenian_patients_with_covid_19/

Armenian National Archive servers are fried

Armenian National Archive houses 20,000 books, 2 million digitized pages, 4.6 million pieces of newspaper articles, literature, rare cultural digitized data. etc. It is operating from a server in the building's basement. (ballsy)

The website was down after the electricity stuttered. The employees and the security guard went to the basement to check on it and found the equipment was fried.

The institute will use the backup tapes to restore the data in a few weeks. "It's only a financial loss. Data is safe."

https://www.civilnet.am/news/2020/05/15/Հրդեհ՝-Ազգային-գրադարանում․-հետևանքներն-անդառնալի՞-են/384907

https://hetq.am/hy/article/117179

UCOM founder's new ISP is ready

UCOM's founder Yesayan argued with shareholders over salaries and the company's vision. He was fired. Hundreds of workers announced the intention to possibly quit in protest.

Yesayan created a new company OLNET then renamed it to TEAM Telecom. It applied to get an ISP and TV broadcasting license yesterday.

http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/281132/

Boosting agriculture

Central Bank and Govt met to discuss ways to improve agriculture. They want to organize meetings with successful farmers to learn from them.

Govt wants to create a new equipment park and allow farmers to use it.

Loans issued to farmers +20% YoY.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/188048

ոչխար news

A resident of Norakert, Gegharquniq woke up at 7 am to find his 122 sheep mauled to death by a pack of wolves.

The man is asking govt for help to pay back 50% of the loan he took to buy the animals. Governor sent a team.

https://shamshyan.com/hy/article/2020/05/15/1154808/

ruthless extermination of illegal kiosks continues

Yerevan dismantled a budka near Mergelyan institute.

Before and after pics: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1015403.html

update: Yerevan is replacing old elevators

5 companies joined the auction to win the right to replace 500 dangerous elevators in Yerevan's apartment complexes.

Yerevan denied the rumors by Jamanak paper which claimed that ex-oligarch Lfik Samo's company won the contract before being canceled by Yerevan.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1015460.html

Yerevanyan Lake is being cleaned

A crane is dipping a net to pull out debris near the lake's shores.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10218876898099221&set=pcb.10218876900739287&type=3&theater

What was Yerevan reading in April?

Several popular bookshops presented the stats about the top-picks:

1) Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux, et de Manon Lescaut - by Antonie Prevost

2) The Bastard of Istanbul - by Elif Shafak

(The novel deals with their families and how they are connected through the events of the 1915 Armenian Genocide.)

3) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - by Ken Kesey

4) Fahrenheit 451

5) 1984

The rest inside: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1015246.html


Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/gketqq/may152020_news_1_sis_charges_nss_agents_cops_for/


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