2021 August 11
- 1 Daily news wrap-up
- 2 Azerbaijan uses drones equipped with explosives to target Artsakh positions
- 3 Armenia uses modernized OSA-AK air-defense units during an exercise
- 4 Azeris complain about new Armenian forces being deployed in Artsakh / Armenia accuses Azeris of violating Nov 9 statement with the capturing of Hin Tagher and Khtsaberd villages
- 5 Armenia will train thousands of army reservists for 3 months
- 6 Defense Minister: Armenian-Russian relations are at a stage of transitioning to an unprecedented level
- 7 Russian guards are deployed to protect six more bordering villages in Armenia's Tavush province
- 8 three sappers wounded by an explosion during a demining operation near Nor Shen, Martuni, Artsakh
- 9 Azerbaijan complains about Iranian cargo truck deliveries to Artsakh
- 10 a scandal in Russia-Azerbaijan relations / ex-Azeri diplomat calls Russians "pigs"
- 11 Parliament discussed the reasons why the October 19 ceasefire attempt failed
- 12 Armenian lawyers are suing Azerbaijan over POW mistreatment
- 13 Is Alexei Navaly a political prisoner? Ruling party MP criticizes opposition for "attempting to create problems for Armenia" by raising problematic topics
- 14 Parliament president invites security personnel and sanctions an MP for disrespectful conduct
- 15 Parliament discussed the unblocking of regional communication routes
- 16 anti-corruption: criminal case is filed against the chairman of Audit Chamber "for not disclosing his property"
- 17 anti-corruption: how much of the stolen has been recovered?
- 18 prosecutors ask Parliament to fix the law so they can go after bankruptcy fraud
- 19 the government will pay ֏17 million in additional wages to a former Constitutional Court judge
- 20 Artsakh will fix its housing laws before resuming the apartment giveaway process in Stepanakert
- 21 Stepanakert will conserve water amid severe shortage
- 22 infrastructure repairs across Armenia
- 23 ARKA: Standard & Poor’s to assign Armenia first sovereign rating in autumn
- 24 VIDEO: Armenian weightlifter asks Guinness World Records to add his achievement
- 25 Armenia's Greco-Roman weightlifting coach "boycotts" the international commission over "unfair treatment" of athletes during the Olympics
- 26 Facebook removes anti-vax influencer campaign that was active on Reddit
- 27 lightning strike kills 530 sheep on Mt. Abul in Javakhq, Georgia
- 28 end of report
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Daily news wrap-up
News - Aug/11/2021: Azerb. accuses Arm. of deploying troops & building positions in Artsakh; Arm. says they have the right & accuses Azerb. of illegal encroachment __ Azerb. fires loitering drones; Arm. experiments modernized OSA air-defense __ Thousands of reservists to be retrained __ Weapons deal
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Azerbaijan uses drones equipped with explosives to target Artsakh positions
Artsakh Defense Army: between 8:29 am and 8:58 am, the opponent used attack drones towards our positions. No casualties. The peacekeepers have been informed.
Armenia uses modernized OSA-AK air-defense units during an exercise
... announced the MOD today. The army held exercises titled 'Marshal Baghramyan'. They checked the combat readiness and efficiency of the modernized blocks/nodes. "All air targets were tracked and penetrated."
Azeris complain about new Armenian forces being deployed in Artsakh / Armenia accuses Azeris of violating Nov 9 statement with the capturing of Hin Tagher and Khtsaberd villages
Azeri MOD: Armenia is not fully complying with the withdrawal of Armenian forces. They moved their forces to Artsakh, in areas where temporary Russian peacekeepers are stationed.
Armenians are building new positions near Mkhitarashen and Shosh, and in the eastern parts of Karvachar and Lachin.
We also condemn Armenian MOD's recent statement about [immediately opening fire at encroaching Azeri soldiers].
Armenian MFA: it is a complete fabrication by Azerbaijan that Nov 9 requires Armenian military units to leave Artsakh. Azeris have lately increased provocations against Armenian forces and Artsakh military units. Settlements were also targeted.
The first paragraph of the Nov 9 statement says "both sides stop where they are". Azeris violated this, attacked and invaded Hadrut region's Hin Tagher and Khtsaberd villages, while killing and capturing soldiers.
Currently, Azeris continue with attempts to hold new positions on the border, while using drones and other weapons.
The Nov 9 statement does not require Armenian units to withdraw. The Artsakh Defense Army, which was formed in the 1990s and played a key security role in the past 30 years, is working with peacekeepers to defend the population's safety. It is necessary for the population's survival.
Nov 9 only required the Armenian withdrawal from Artsakh's adjacent regions. The process was clearly described. The Armenian side has complied, while Azeris responded by intruding into the Republic of Armenia sovereign territories, leading to human losses.
Regional peace can be established when Azeris withdraw from Armenia, when Nov 9 and Jan 11 statements are implemented, when POWs repatriate, and when OSCE Minsk Group negotiations resume. //
Armenia will train thousands of army reservists for 3 months
Government report: reservist training will be organized for privates, non-commissioned officers, and officers between Aug. 25 and Nov. 25.
2169 total: 1164 private, 254 NCO, 751 officers.
The training will be for motor rifle, missile-artillery, communication, intel, and engineering specialties. It is planned to involve 110 vehicles from relevant military bodies.
The training is done to improve the military capabilities of the reservists, the mobilization resources, and to train them in accordance with the contract, in order to engage in combat duty when needed.
Defense Minister: Armenian-Russian relations are at a stage of transitioning to an unprecedented level
MOD Karapetyan met MOD Shoygu in Moscow, followed by a larger meeting between ranking officials to discuss regional security.
Shoygu said Russia will continue with its efforts to stabilize the region. He thanked Armenia for the continuous humanitarian-sapper mission in Syria.
Karapetyan said Armenia wants the border issues resolved peacefully but it won't tolerate the occupation forever.
Karapetyan thanked Shoygu for helping with the ongoing "intensive reforms in the army". Shuygu said Russia is ready to continue to help with army reforms. "We have the well-equipped 102nd military base that guarantees safety. Armenia is Russia's key ally in securing peace in the South Caucasus," added Shoygu.
MOD Karapetyan: Russia is the only country that provides real results for the security of the Armenian people. //
Shoygu gave a dagger as a gift to Karapetyan and said, "You may consider that the process of supplying arms to Armenia has begun."
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Russian guards are deployed to protect six more bordering villages in Armenia's Tavush province
The first units were deployed in Voskepar village a few days ago.
Aygepar, Paravakar, Aygehovit, Berkaber, Koti, Dovegh are the new villages. These are the areas where occasional shootouts would ensue before the war. De jure, Armenia and Azerbaijan own territories within each other (enclaves and surrounding territories). Pashinyan recently offered Russians to be deployed in Tavush to prevent conflicts when the border delimitation time arrives.
three sappers wounded by an explosion during a demining operation near Nor Shen, Martuni, Artsakh
Azerbaijan complains about Iranian cargo truck deliveries to Artsakh
Iranian ambassador was summoned to Azeri MFA to explain the "illegal" entry of Iranian trucks to Artsakh.
a scandal in Russia-Azerbaijan relations / ex-Azeri diplomat calls Russians "pigs"
A nationalist Russian figure Vladimir Zherenovsky recently made statements about Russia's influence in the region and the need for Ilham Aliyev to be a "good boy" because he is a dictator who can be replaced at any moment, and reminded that "Persian Shah gave Azerbaijan as a gift to Russia".
Azerbaijan sent a note of complaint. Zhirinovsky replied saying he still respects Aliyev.
A video was circulated yesterday showing a former Azeri ambassador to various states making disparaging remarks towards Zhirinovsky and Russian people. It was picked up by Russian social media and was discussed by prominent Russian media figures.
The ex-ambassador claimed that Zhirinovsky had earlier called the Azeri people "sheep" and that "he became more arrogant" after not being confronted for it.
Ex-ambassador Isfandiyar Vahabzadeh: listen, Volodia [Zhirinovsky], you fat pig and old donkey. You smell like a pig because you are a pig. Your whole nation smells like a pig. Every month we send caviar, fish, and money and they die from hunger. We should send muzzle to Zhirinovsky and Russians every month. //
The ex-ambassador is the son of a famous Azeri writer Bahtiyar Vahabzadeh.
Azeri MFA refused to comment on Vahabzadeh's statements because he is no longer an active diplomat.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky responded, saying Russia will soon send a "harsh letter" to Azerbaijan with demands to press felony charges against Vahabzadeh. "This is an insult. This is medieval."
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Parliament discussed the reasons why the October 19 ceasefire attempt failed
QP Runinyan: we attempted to reach a ceasefire twice before October 19. The first was negotiated by Moscow on Oct 10 but Azerbaijan violated it. The second was on Oct 16 negotiated by France, and Azerbaijan again rejected it.
On October 19 we agreed to the ceasefire, but Azerbaijan made additional demands about [repopulating Shushi with Azeri refugees from the 1990s war].
During the October 19 Security Council session, we discussed the Russian ceasefire offer about handing over the adjacent regions to stop the war. We agreed to the offer. [Pashinyan called Putin to accept the offer that evening but learned that Azeris made new demands regarding Shushi].
To have Artsakh without legal status, with Azeri population in Shushi, would be the same as not to control Shushi. We made numerous attempts to stop the war but it didn't happen because of Azerbaijan.
On Oct 26 the U.S. negotiated a ceasefire but it didn't work again. //
Armenian lawyers are suing Azerbaijan over POW mistreatment
Washington-based "Armenian Legal Center" has partnered with a human-rights center in Armenia to file a claim in ECHR court against Azerbaijan for the deaths of 19 POWs that occurred during 10 incidents. They were civilians and soldiers. Evidence was gathered from videos, eye-witness accounts, and medical analysis.
It is the duty of the ECHR and all related European structures to draw a clear red line and hold the dictatorship of Azerbaijan responsible, said the lawyers.
They are also suing to free the remaining POWs.
HD alliance member Arthur Ghazinyan asked the ruling party if the prominent Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny is a political prisoner.
QP Arman Yeghoyan: our colleagues once again used the platform to win political dividends. I cannot understand why a person who represents Armenia and leads the Center for European Studies would ask such a question with the hope to catch a slip up from a ruling party MP, which would place Armenia in an uneasy situation. If his intention was to give us "advice" on how to handle this topic, he should have approached us privately.
I'll answer another question about the European "trio" alliance. The opposition MP knows what the "trio" is. He just wanted to place us in an uneasy situation by asking such questions publicly.
Three of the six European Eastern Partnership states (Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia) have signed a closer association agreement with the EU. Armenia has not signed this association agreement but signed another agreement, which is stronger than what Azerbaijan and Belarus had signed in the 1990s.
This is why the EU considers Armenia as a "+" partner. Armenia is the "+" in the "Trio+".
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Parliament president invites security personnel and sanctions an MP for disrespectful conduct
Episode 1 🍿 (yes, popcorn emoji is officially back with popular demand)
Lately, MPs from the former regime have been using the platform in Parliament to label Pashinyan with disrespectful language. Parliament president Simonyan had issued several warnings last week.
Today, PU Anna Mkrtchyan ignored the warning and used a similar language, and had her microphone disabled by president QP Simonyan. She was asked to leave the assembly room for the rest of the day. She complied. QP Arpine Davoyan was also warned for responding to the PU MP by calling her a "rejected puppet".
President QP Simonyan: I'm under the impression that there is no unity and governing body within the opposition factions. There are PU and HD MPs who have nothing substantial to say, so they try to gain popularity by using insults. If my opposition colleagues cannot restrain them, I will do it myself.
I urge ruling party MPs not to respond to provocations. They are still bitter about their election defeat. They cannot understand why they lost after spending so much money and hatred. The public rejected anyone who used slurs.
From now on, do not respond to those small provocations from people without upbringing and education. They still don't know where they are. This is the Parliament. You will receive the harshest response. Go complain wherever you want then. //
Episode 2 🍿
HD Ishkhan Saghatelyan gave a speech, followed by QP Hayk Konjoyan. Before the latter was able to finish, the opposition MPs began shouting from their seats. The president warned two HD MPs but one of them kept interrupting. QP MPs began responding from their seats. The president invited the security personnel to establish order.
The Grand Finale 🍿
QP Simonyan: let's close this topic and move on, out of respect for citizens. We have exhausted their patience. Let's end this rhetoric once and for all. Consider this as my hand being extended to you, and let it not be viewed as a constraint of your future activities as opposition. After listening to the last two or three speeches, I believe that we can and should work together.
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Parliament discussed the unblocking of regional communication routes
PU Tigran Abrahamyan: there is an impression that the opposition does not want peace in the region but that's not the case. We need more details about what's on the table. Every comma matters. We would like to know the cost of lifting the blockade. //
HD Armen Gevorgyan: Peace in the region must be lasting and dignified. The development opportunities must be beneficial for all countries.
Armenia is under pressure to open regional communication routes. This could lead to the clash of foreign players' interests in Armenian territories. To avoid complications, we must be transparent and learn whether there are undisclosed agreements [with Russia].
Lifting the communication routes can be beneficial for Armenia and Artsakh if we raise the topic of turning Armenia into a transit hub. If the government already has such agreements, then the Parliament's role should be to refine this process to make it as beneficial as possible.
Armenia has a historic opportunity to be part of the North-South communication corridor through the construction of the tunnel in Kajaran (Syunik) and the development of trade relations with Iran. //
QP Maria Karapetyan: Armenia has been under blockade since the Artsakh war. The goal was to weaken Armenia and Artsakh under the context of the conflict.
In reality, lifting the blockade would benefit Armenia and Azerbaijan. The latter would gain road and railway access to Nakhijevan, but Aliyev prefers to torpedo this process with his "corridor" talk so he won't have to comply with Nov 9 and Jan 11 statements.
The goal of Aliyev's "corridor" rhetoric is to scare the Armenian public into believing that lifting the blockade is bad for Armenia, and to mislead Azerbaijani society with justifications as to why Artsakh is still standing.
The lifting of the blockade is our agenda, but only within the scope of what was publicly announced in Nov 9 and Jan 11. It is a sensitive topic, so it is necessary for parliamentary and non-parliamentary fractions to unite around this issue. //
anti-corruption: criminal case is filed against the chairman of Audit Chamber "for not disclosing his property"
The Corruption Prevention Commission investigated and found that Audit Chamber chairman Levon Yolyan did not declare his property ownership. The findings were sent to prosecutors.
The SIS is investigating the high-ranking figure. Not many official details yet. It's over "falsifying or deliberately hiding" information from the declaration.
anti-corruption: how much of the stolen has been recovered?
QP Lena Nazaryan: between 2018-2020, the authorities recovered ֏54.4 billion ($111 million), the vast majority of which was relating corruption.
In comparison, ֏21 billion was recovered in the nine years between 2007-2017.
Serj's brother Alexander Sargsyan has transferred ֏3.2 billion after a tax evasion investigation, and another ֏9.3 billion ($19 million) was "donated" to the army.
We will soon have a chance to invite the general prosecutor for Q&A about the new asset forfeiture progress.
prosecutors ask Parliament to fix the law so they can go after bankruptcy fraud
They presented specific trials with "absurd" outcomes and drafted legal amendments after examining the international experience.
the government will pay ֏17 million in additional wages to a former Constitutional Court judge
Context: Judge Alvina Gyulumyan was one of the three Constitutional Court judges who lost her seat after the 2020 Constitutional amendment that fired the judges who had been serving for a period longer than what was envisioned under the new Constitution.
Gyulumyan complained that she was not paid properly between 2018-2020. The Cassations Court sided with her complaint and instructed the govt to pay her 601k/mo for a specific period.
Artsakh will fix its housing laws before resuming the apartment giveaway process in Stepanakert
The govt has been helping the population with housing. This has caused some negative developments in the real estate sector and has lead to artificial inflation, said Artsakh Minister today. They need to make some amendments, including regarding evictions.
Stepanakert will conserve water amid severe shortage
Extreme heat and unprecedented population size have led to drinking water shortage in Artsakh capital. The government has temporarily restricted water use by the car washing stations and some leisure businesses.
infrastructure repairs across Armenia
Abovyan's 1.5km section of Hatis Ave is being rebuilt with new asphalt, curbs, and a water removal network.
4.3km of road was renovated in Arinj (Kotayk), with a similar project scheduled by the end of this year. A new park is being built near the town hall. It'll have gazebos, alleys, and a monument dedicated to war victims.
Several apartment complex backyards are being renovated in Sevan.
ARKA: Standard & Poor’s to assign Armenia first sovereign rating in autumn
The Ministry of Finance and the Standard & Poor's signed an agreement, whereby the S&P will be awarding Armenia sovereign ratings. To date, Armenia's credit ratings have been awarded by international rating agencies Fitch and Moody’s.
This is expected to help win the trust of institutional investors and contribute to the development of Armenia’s capital market.
VIDEO: Armenian weightlifter asks Guinness World Records to add his achievement
Zori Poghosyan held the 200kg weight on his shoulders in a squatting position for 7 seconds, before standing up 10 times.
The 31yo set the record on Sunday, during an event in Charentsavan.
Armenia's Greco-Roman weightlifting coach "boycotts" the international commission over "unfair treatment" of athletes during the Olympics
Gevorg Alexanyan has been an international weightlifting referee since 1999 and has served in World and Euro tournaments. He will return his certificate to International Weightlifting Federation.
Gevorg Alexanyan: it's over an unfair treatment of Armenian athletes by Olympics referees. Rude mistakes were made. Some athletes were given special treatment. Our complaint is not against them, it's against the jury. We should contact a sports court.
Coach explains what the problem was: https://youtu.be/TdwcDDD7al4
Facebook removes anti-vax influencer campaign that was active on Reddit
Facebook has removed hundreds of accounts linked to a Russian advertising agency that sought to pay social media influencers to smear COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
Misleading posts appeared on Reddit and Medium, and petitions appeared on change.org expressing concern about vaccine safety.
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lightning strike kills 530 sheep on Mt. Abul in Javakhq, Georgia
end of report
The accused are innocent unless proven guilty in the court of law, even if they "appear" guilty.
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