2020 May 25

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May/25/2020 News: (1) Qajaran mayor implicated in kidnapping and torture (2) Part 2: How Azeri officials collaborated with Nazis (3) Institutional police reform; Big salary & quality jump (4) Arthur Vanetsyan (5) COVID restriction & Latest (6) Competition (7) Wages & Economy (8) NBA in Armenia (9)..
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.


Part 2: How Azeri officials collaborated with Adolf Hitler

Part 1 is here. It's about how Azeri 1st republic's founding father collaborated with Nazis.

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Abdurahman Fatalibeyli is one of the co-founders of Azeri Legion, which was part of Wehrmacht.

1939: Fatalibeyli is a Soviet army officer. He fights against Finland. Becomes the leader of the 6th Division in Leningrad.

1940-41: he is captured by Nazis.

1941-October: he writes a letter to Adolf Hitler (pic inside the article), in which he pledges allegiance to "powerful German nation's powerful leader Adolf Hitler", and asks for permission to create an Azeri Legion.

This is where he meets Mammad Rasulzahed, the subject of PART 1 story. Together they form the Azeri Legion.

1942: While Mammad was tasked with political work, Fatalibeyli was the boots on the ground in Caucasus, Ukraine, Belarus, and Poland. Fatalibeyli co-lead the Azeri 804th Battalion that participated in the massive 800 kilometer Nazi advancement from Taganrog to Psebayskaya.

1943: 804th Battalion "shines" in Starokorsunskaya battles. They destroy parts of Soviet 153rd Division. Later they get a nickname "Aslan" (lion?). Nazi Lt. General Greiffenberg praises the Azeri battalion.

1943: Fatalibeyli creates the Azeri Nazi Party.

1944: Fatalibeyli calls for the extermination of non-Turkic ethnicities such as Armenians, in the Caucasus. He prohibits Azeris from marrying non-Turkic to preserve the "racial purity".

1945: Fatalibeyli fought for Nazis until the end, moving the Azeri Legion from one place to another.

1945 defeat: Fatalibeyli admits that Hitler used Azeris as disposable meat, but he doesn't regret serving the 3rd Reich.

1953: Fatalibeyli moves around and settles in Germany. He becomes Azadliq Radio host and criticizes CCCP.

1954: Soviet spy assassinates Fatalibeyli in his Munich house.

Modern era: Azeri youth are told about heroic battles fought by Fatalibeyli [presumably as soviet soldier]. To this day, many positive books and articles are written about him. The glorification of the Nazi collaborator is also done on the government-level.

by Anna Chichyan https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1016325.html

Relatives of Armenian axed to death by Azeri officer call for justice

European Court for Human Rights is examining the actions of Hungary and Azerbaijan over the release of killer Ramil Safarov.

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2020/may/25/relatives-armenian-axed-death-by-azeri-officer-call-justice-ramil-safarov

update: Qajaran mayor is implicated in kidnapping and assault case / Police brutality

Yesterday we learned that Kapan police arrested 4 men. Police were accused of using excessive force during the arrests. Suspects' friends, led by Qajaran mayor, organized a protest.

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The authorities give details behind the arrests:

The 3 men, who are friends with Qajaran mayor, kidnapped and beat someone at the presence of Qajaran mayor. During the arrest the police found lots of narcotics possessed by one of the suspects.

April 26**: several men had an argument. Qajaran mayor organized razborka to settle the dispute. The mayor and 20 men gathered near the mayor's gas station to settle things; it turned into a fight.

April 29: several suspects kidnapped a man, drove him to a business area, and beat him up for half an hour. Then they drove him to one of the suspect's dacha and beat him up more, before being stopped by suspects' friends.

May 24: the suspects were arrested in Kapan and charged with a felony. The 4th man was arrested by mistake and later released.

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Today the court found that arresting 3 of the suspects [at this stage] was against the law, and ordered police to release them. The kidnapping and assault charges are not dropped, however.

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The SIS is investigating whether policemen applied unreasonable force during the arrests.

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QP MP and former police official Khachatryan: the scratches, as seen on images, do happen sometimes during apprehension if there is resistance. Police isn't a "charity" organization. The police did its job by arresting the suspects. Those who gathered in Kapan to protest were a narrow interest group. The police cannot cave to their personal demands about not investigating the suspects in Yerevan.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/188665

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/188672

https://factor.am/252894.html

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/188723

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/188721

Massive police reform discussions begin

PM's office earlier approved the bill for institutional police reforms that will create a brand new service, new recruitment requirements, etc. Today the bill reached the Parliamentary Committee for a preliminary discussion. If it's cleared, the MPs will debate on the floor.

Committee discussed parts of the reform:

We need police with new uniform, intellect, weapons, cars, priorities, and public image. Georgia did this with the help of international organizations who helped to write the reforms and implement it.

Currently only under-30yo can join police patrol. We'll raise this to 35 to authorize many qualified candidates to join. The recruits will be given Russian and English lessons.

The minimum wage for new police will be 320k/mo or $650 plus family benefits (not bad?). It'll be significantly higher than in other divisions (<210k).

Male candidates must serve in the army first. Females can join the lower echelons at age 18 but higher education could be required for promotions.

https://factor.am/252824.html

https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/f2ej5r/feb112020_daily_news_collection_anticorruption/

https://factor.am/252827.html

https://factor.am/252868.html

https://factor.am/252871.html

ex-NSS chief Arthur Vanetsyan...

...was allegedly fired in 2019 for refusing to investigate certain HHK officials. He told Pashinyan "it's time to stop". Later, he got money from Russia and created his political group. A HHK official, who is suspected of helping to forge Constitutional Court documents in 2018, has joined Vanetsyan's party.

Some believe Vanetsyan has been colluding with Serj's son-in-law Mikael Minasyan.

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As part of "reconciliation and forgiveness" for old embezzlement, Pashinyan publicly urged former oligarchs to voluntarily donate money to special accounts that will be used for purchasing weapons for Artsakh army. (Serj's brother agreed)

Recently Mikael Minasyan claimed that Vanetsyan (while still NSS chief) approached him with what could be a similar repayment offer, but Minasyan describes it as an extortion attempt. Vanetsyan was questioned by SIS about the extortion allegations. (Vanetsyan was separately accused of extorting company shares from Minasyan, as a side-hustle for himself)

Some in QP circles believe that Minasyan and Vanetsyan, in reality, are close, and they don't rule out that the two could join to fabricate a story.

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Q: How do you explain the fact that your recent message for QP to replace Pashinyan as PM, is mirroring Minasyan's similar message?

Vanetsyan: I said it first, months before Minasyan did.

Q: Why does your car have Russian license plates?

Vanetsyan: we bought it from Russia. I can't change plates due to COVID.

Q: Minasyan claims Nikol sent you to urge Minasyan to stop political activities.

Vanetsyan: there is a felony investigation. I can't comment.

https://factor.am/253110.html

https://factor.am/253107.html

https://factor.am/253104.html

COVID update

+1300 tested. +452 infected. +81 healed. +12 deaths (includes deaths not directly from COVID but the patient was confirmed to have COVID at the time of death).

3842 active. 3145 healed.

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Artsakh currently has 21 infected, 11 healed, 0 deaths, 72 quarantined.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/188673

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/188675

##Sevan city is on lockdown for 1 week...

at the orders of Emergency Taskforce. Only essential products can travel. Police roadblocks will be placed.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/188666

enforcement

Since the lifting of public transport ban, Police have ticketed 50 buses and 240 taxis for violating the overcrowding and mask requirement.

https://youtu.be/r70eLDiTIqE

drunk ambulance driver...

got into a car accident on his way to transporting a COVID patient from Yerevan to Kapan. The patient had to be unloaded and transported with another vehicle.

https://shamshyan.com/hy/article/2020/05/24/1155561/

Kocharyan trial delayed over COVID detection

Robik and co-defendants have many lawyers. One of them was diagnosed with COVID. The trial is delayed.

https://www.panorama.am/en/news/2020/05/25/Kocharyan/2298009

April YoY / Wages up, Economic Activity down

Monthly Nominal Wages were the only thing that grew: +9.8%

Economic Activity Index:-17.2%

Inflation +0.9%

Construction -51%

Trade -33%, Foreign trade -28%

Exports -30%, Imports -17%

Services (minus trade) -16%

Industrial output -9%

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/188681

mask prices / vending machines for masks

BHK Naira: I've never seen a mask below ֏210 in Yerevan Center.

Economic Competition Protection chief: We studied pricing in 7 major chains, dating back to December. They paid 10x more to import masks. We studied their profit margins during import and sales.

It's a huge task that involves entire Armenia. We need more time to get it right because penalties for violators are also big.

The most expensive basic mask we found was ֏220. The problem is, sometimes middle-men buy it in large quantities then resell to pharmacies, thus adding overhead.

If we install vending machines to sell masks directly to consumers, it could reduce the price by ֏100.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/188679

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/188692

what about butter?

BHK Naira: we should give Economic Competition Agency more powers to punish businesses that gauge prices because the Agency always complains about not having legal powers to punish. It's not just about masks. You said butter prices are down but the one I buy has gone up significantly.

Economic Competition chief: I stand behind the claim that butter prices are down. You buy "Presidential" brand butter which did get more expensive, but it only has 4% of market share. It's the most premium butter... This year Armenia produced 46% more butter.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/188704

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/188709

Price fixing and monopoly stats

Economic Competition chief gave stats about various forms of anti-competitive investigations in 2017/2018/2019:

Price fixing investigations: 0/0/2 (most serious type)

Abusing dominant market power: 5/3/20

Unfair business practice: 55/35/57

Anti-competitive practices by govt-run organizations: 0/0/6 (it shows that one govt agency monitors the other)

Chief cited various international indexes saying that Armenia has improved its competition score.

Full: https://factor.am/252919.html

Fuel prices / Russian importers / Middle-men

QP MP Tunyan asks Economic Competition chief:

You mentioned how Rosneft-Armenia company plays a middle-man between Rosneft (supplier in Russia) and Armenian consumers. Parliament will hold a meeting with fuel sellers to understand which companies are "artificially injected" into the market, who pockets the money, and who contributes to artificially raised prices.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/188700

LHK ends the ragequit

LHK has been boycotting Parliament sessions due to the recent fight between MPs. They are still dissatisfied with the the govt's response. Today they blasted the govt once again, then agreed to return to resume their work.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1016347.html

Raging winds...

caused damage across Armenia 3rd day in a row. Houses in 11 settlements were damaged. Trees, roofs, windows, cars.

Video: https://youtu.be/YHDf2sSyOfc

Pic: https://armtimes.com/hy/article/188707

court frees 9 suspects from March 1st case

Pashinyan administration believes many March 1st, 2008 protesters were unfairly arrested. In some cases, the European Court for Human Rights agreed.

In Armenia, prosecutors have been trying to overturn some past convictions by petitioning the Cassations Court.

Today the Cassations Court agreed with prosecutors that the previous court trials of protester Masis Ayvazyan were deeply flawed, and decided to acquit him. "I expected it because a lot has changed in Armenia," said Ayvazyan.

9 people were acquitted today.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/188688

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/188698

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/188705

series of corruption busts

Dilijan musical school's director hired a non-existent worker and stole 4mln from state budget since 2016, say investigators.

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Zeytun district library director is charged with felony corruption for registering 2 non-existent employees and stealing 1.6mln since 2018, say prosecutors.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/188696

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/188693

You like Lake Sevan? No beaches for you

Journalists circled Sevan and took some photos. One thing they noticed is that most beaches were "privatized". In the past, some people were given 99-year permits to occupy beaches and do whatever they wish.

CivilNet will produce a documentary, but for now, enjoy the pics and the full story:

https://www.civilnet.am/news/2020/05/25/Սևան-Հայաստանի-զավթված-գեղեցկուհին/385601

you like patriotic songs?

"Aparan" by Sofi Mkheyan. It's about Aparan battles led by Drastamat Kanayan

that took place 102 years ago today.

https://youtu.be/REoL6LhJUYA

Armenian NBA

In 2017 the U.S. NBA Basketball League create a global championship for under-14 players. 60 countries have joined. Each country holds an NBA-style tournament under the NBA trademark.

Armenia has negotiated to join the initiative. World experts will meet young Armenian players to give tips. The youth teams in Armenia will be named after U.S. teams to mimic the NBA.

No big stadiums are necessary. Sports centers are sufficient. Some rural teams will need govt's financial help to get equipment.

Govt-run sports centers aren't ready to join the initiative due to insufficient financing, but many private schools, where kids pay more, have expressed interest.

NBA will finance their experts' travel and kids' uniforms, but no cash for Armenian teams unless they capture a wide audience and sponsors. Money isn't the priority; it's done to boost interest in sports. Kids will learn English, while coaches will be retrained.

30 teams will be split into divisions. For example, Gyumri and Vanadzor could be in Northern Division, while Goris and Kapan Southern.

The only thing left is to convince the Education Ministry to give enough cash for more teams to join. (պապը մեռնելուց առաջ $1,000,000 կտակումա թոռներին հետո մտածումա բա որտեղից էտ $1,000,000-ե գտնի որ կտակի)

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/188739

https://www.nba.com/article/2017/12/18/jr-nba-world-championship-official-release


Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/gqgfz5/may252020_news_1_qajaran_mayor_implicated_in/


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