2020 May 27
- 1 Anti-Corruption Daily
- 2 Bloody Sunday
- 3 Border with Nakhijevan
- 4 ECHR will make an advisory ruling on Kocharyan
- 5 NSS busts army official...
- 6 officials charged with embezzlement
- 7 Game over for Pashinyan / LHK wins
- 8 cigarette smuggling
- 9 update: 2 more suspects in Qajaran case
- 10 COVID stats
- 11 COVID enforcement
- 12 this doctor is upset...
- 13 Only 8.3% of kindergarten-aged kids attend kindergartens
- 14 Healthcare Ministry comments Hydroxychloroquine use
- 15 birthday girl
- 16 Govt approves the 19th COVID aid package
- 17 Govt approves bill to increase "luxury property" taxes
- 18 Environmental taxes...
- 19 Made in Russia
- 20 the newly reformed police forces...
- 21 97.3%...
- 22 independent group tasked with examining human rights violations
- 23 National Archive...
- 24 little prick
- 25 Press F
May/27/2020 News: (1) Soviet army opens fire (2) 19th aid package (3) New human rights group (4) Environmental taxes (5) Luxury property tax (6) ECHR verdict on Kocharyan (7) Officials charged (8) Pashinyan comments cigarette smuggling story (9) COVID restrictions (10) Healthcare news (11) Press F
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.
On these days in 1990, the Soviet Army and Armenian groups clashed in Yerevan, killing 24 people.
April 6: Armenia's Communist leader (Gorbachev's friend) resigns. He's replaced by anti-Gorbachev Movsisyan, who was friends with Karen Demirchyan.
April 8: new leader Movsisyan meets Gorbachev in Moscow and tries to convince him not to send 28,000 Soviet soldiers to Armenia (Garbachov wanted to disarm Armenians and Artsakhtis). They agree to place some troops near Meghri and secure train operations.
April 9-13: a group of Armenian protesters attack several govt buildings and beat a few officials.
May 20: Supreme Council holds elections. Anti-communist and pro-HHsh (LTP) members win.
May 27: armed clashes happen between protesters and soviet soldiers near Yerevan railway station. 6 people killed. 10 soldiers wounded. Other armed protesters shut down Yerevan-Nubarashen road. Soldiers open random fire, killing 17 people.
May 28: pro-independence HHsh's headquarters are attacked. 1 killed.
LTP blasts Soviet govt for the attacks.
Border with Nakhijevan
Armenian army strengthened its positions in Nakhijevan buffer zone by doing construction. Azeri army fired shots towards a transport vehicle. It caught fire. No injuries.
ECHR will make an advisory ruling on Kocharyan
Kocharyan was charged with "toppling the Constitution" law. Kocharyan argued against it saying that, at the time of his alleged actions, there was another law about "usurpation of power". He wants the "toppling of Constitution" charges to be dropped.
The argument reached the Constitutional Court which decided to ask Venice Commission and ECHR for advice first (unprecedented move).
The ECHR will publish its advice on Friday.
NSS busts army official...
...with taking a $3,000 bribe to delay a conscript's draft by forging medical documents. The bribe-givers confessed.
officials charged with embezzlement
Prosecutors say the administration of govt-funded Hydroponics Problems Institute (wth is this?) forged fuel-related documents to steal 9.7mln between 2013-2019.
Game over for Pashinyan / LHK wins
LHK Samsonyan: Mr. Pashinyan, are you aware that your godfather's relative's company Russian Voyage is on the list of companies that was recently busted with using fake documents to win a construction contract, before being suspended?
Pashinyan: first time I'm hearing. It's a small country; I didn't know we were connected through a friends' friend. This is great because it shows that we fight corruption. These busts are done by SOC, which reports to me. The NSS will do a fair examination.
BHK MP to PM: can you comment on Serj's son-in-law Mikael Minasyan's claims that Armenia routinely exports cigarettes for smuggling? This is harming Armenia's reputation, if true. Comment on Minasyan's accusations against you.
Pashinyan: I'll tell you what has harmed Armenia's reputation. There is a felony case in IRS connected to Minasyan, which states that Minasyan's company smuggled all types of luxury items into Armenia marked as cheap products, to avoid paying 20bln in import taxes.
They were served papers recently. That's why the members of the corrupt regime are trying to help one another in any way possible now.
As for cigarette business, it wasn't altered within the past 5 years, so if there are problems, we should ask Serj. As far as Armenian IRS is concerned, the exporter's documents were correct and the destination was Afghanistan, so if the exporter decides to illegally unload it in Russia, it's not Armenia's fault.
update: 2 more suspects in Qajaran case
3 men were earlier charged with kidnapping and beating up a man, at the presence of Qajaran mayor. 2 more have been charged.
Bill Gates has entered the chat
Armenia: +1124 tested. +372 infected. +35 healed. +7 deaths. 4377 active.
Artsakh: 24 active, 14 healed, 80 quarantined, 0 deaths.
While enforcing COVID safety rules, police recently recorded (some ticketed) 240 people for not wearing masks, 594 taxi drivers, 63 bus drivers, 69 personal car drivers, and 352 businesses that had to be shut down.
Road checkpoints are installed between provinces.
Yerevan districts will be "raided" to see if local businesses follow safety. Davtashen was audited yesterday.
Pashinyan: if the public doesn't follow these rules, we'll require masks absolutely everywhere, even while sitting in the park all alone. Our biggest "mistake" has been trusting the general public with following safety rules.
Education Ministry received a tip about graduating students secretly planning to organize Last Bell parties. Ministry warned against it.
"There was a large gathering near Spitak's St. Hovhannes Chapel a few days ago. I ask the police to disperse such crowds in the future," said Minister Arayik.
The public won't be allowed to visit Sardarapat memorial tomorrow to commemorate the anniversary of Armenian-Turkish battles.
this doctor is upset...
...that people think the COVID numbers are exaggerated and are a "myth". He gives a tour through a hospital. "The number of serious patients keeps rising."
Only 8.3% of kindergarten-aged kids attend kindergartens
Healthcare Ministry comments Hydroxychloroquine use
This drug has been used for 70 years for other purposes and recently became popular in 26 countries as a treatment for COVID19. Warning here.
Healthcare Ministry: we give this to risky patients and those with pneumonia. Mild patients don't qualify.
Cardiography is done before the treatment and every day afterward. We've only seen arrhythmia in one patient; we stopped the treatment.
While the full results aren't known yet, the preliminary data indicates that significant % of patients show improvement.
Today is BHK MP Karine Poghosyan's birthday. Her fellow BHK MP brought a bunch of flowers and apparently got a rejection while leaning forward to kiss her.
Another BHK MP's hot-mic caught a muffling complaint about the MP "touching the woman with his diseased hands while giving the flowers".
Govt approves the 19th COVID aid package
It'll help startups and individuals with materializing their business ideas by helping them "from zero". Those with ideas but no experience will gain knowledge and finances.
10-20mln loan for 5 years at 7-10% interest, with a 6-month grace period on principal.
The aid is aimed towards small/medium players, with good credit record last year, who especially operate in provinces.
This aid package will probably become permanent even post-COVID, said Economy Ministry.
Govt approves bill to increase "luxury property" taxes
Critics say ordinary homeowners could see their property taxes rise, while govt says it's aimed towards expensive mansion-style owners. It's expected to collect ~4.3x more taxes.
It'll roll-out in 3 years. Agricultural lads are exempt.
This is part of the wider tax reform. When we implemented a flat income tax by removing the progressive higher brackets last year, we were criticized for "social injustice". The luxury property tax is essentially "correcting" it.
Every property will be taxed at some capacity. It was a mistake all long to exempt property <3mln. It failed to establish the culture of "paying taxes".
If the property is cheap, the landlord could pay only 100 Drams/ year. It's the symbolic practice of paying taxes that's important here.
The biggest payers will be those whose mansions were under-valued all along. (QP accuses HHK of purposely neglecting real estate pricing database for years, to artificially keep property prices low on paper so their oligarchs wouldn't pay more.)
...paid by mining companies will go directly to the communities they operate in. The Parliament approved the bill.
The taxes will be distributed to multiple settlements if it's shown that multiple areas are impacted by the miner.
Made in Russia
Toyota will export its cars to Armenia not from Japan, but from Russia's St. Petersburg assembly plant, to reduce the price by 10%.
Armenia joins Belarus and Kazakhstan.
the newly reformed police forces...
...will have cars equipped with tablets, tech, GPS, access to some database, cameras.
Earlier the govt approved the police reform bill. The parliamentary committee gave it a green light. Today the MPs are discussing it on the floor.
The New Police will replace the existing two road police divisions, "which essentially do the same thing", said Justice Ministry.
The salary budget for the New Police will be 1.3bln/yr more. However, it could end up costing less because the New Police won't give away as many bonuses, which currently comes from another govt fund.
... of murder and attempted murder investigations, launched in 2020, have already been resolved.
independent group tasked with examining human rights violations
As part of Judicial reforms, the govt decided to create a 9-member group tasked with examining reports of human rights violations since 1991.
Govt appoints 3 members. Each political party appoints 2, one of who is male and the other female. One of those members must be nominated by an NGO tasked with human rights.
The group will be independent of the Justice Ministry and have its budget funding.
The work ends in 2 years with a big report on violations. It'll include election rigging, voter intimidation, property embezzlement, soldier deaths in non-combat situations, etc.
...was not destroyed by a fire a few weeks ago, said Education Minister Arayik Harutyunayn.
"There was no fire. Some servers malfunctioned, probably due to electricity problems. Three servers were restored; they weren't damaged. The rest will be restored next week, along with web access to the general public. The data is backups in 2 separate locations."
Facebook user David Atanesyan raised an alarm on Facebook about a pervert approaching his little son, who was playing in the backyard, and giving him a book about how to achieve an orgasm.
All hell broke loose. MPs got involved.
The special police division invited the father and son to give details. During the Q&A the kid revealed that he found the book lying in bushes and that no strangers were involved.
When asked to comment, the father said, "Լավ էլի, ազիզ, նեռվեր չկա". 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍
...for the lone BBQ manghal next to Tsakhats Qar historic monument. Today it was removed by Education Ministry after outraged residents complained about it being too close to the monument.
Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/grp75c/may272020_news_1_soviet_army_opens_fire_2_19th/
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