2021 June 18
- 1 Daily news wrap-up
- 2 General Samvel Babayan recalls episodes from 90s war, undeserved promotions, reveals ongoing investigation of 2020 war:
- 3 Samvel Babayan about trade routes & southern lands:
- 4 Samvel Babayan about General Mosi Hakobyan, CoGS Onik Gasparyan, 1st lady Anna Hakobyan:
- 5 Samvel Babayan about November 9 ceasefire:
- 6 former Premier Hrant Bagratyan is back with another big claim / Putin didn't stop the war / Azeris gave 18,000 losses
- 7 Anti-corruption: ruling party-appointee deputy Minister sentenced to 7 years
- 8 at last, the new asset forfeiture law is utilized / former police chief Gasparyan
- 9 audio leak: hospital director threatens staff with retaliation, pressured to vote against Pashinyan
- 10 Helsinki Committee's Armenian branch discusses campaign violations
- 11 documentary: political assassinations and repressions under Kocharyan administration
- 12 2002-2021 stats: European Court for Human Rights vs Armenia
- 13 $40 bribes for an "alliance" / two arrested in Zeytun district
- 14 report: Goris cultural center director arrested for prohibiting staff from attending Pashinyan rally
- 15 Artsakh Defense Army reports instances of election propaganda in the army
- 16 Kocharyan alliance activists charged with "disrupting campaign" / complaints about "excessive force"
- 17 Kocharyan held his final large rally in Republic Square today
- 18 polls: whom would you vote for?
- 19 polls by EVN: which candidate can resolve the current crisis?
- 20 polls by EVN: are they honest and competent?
- 21 polls by EVN: democracy or security?
- 22 polls by EVN: education degree of each candidate's voters
- 23 polls by EVN: support in each province
- 24 Azerbaijan places three Russian-Armenian businessmen on the wanted list
- 25 Russia reacts to possible Turkish military base in Azerbaijan
- 26 cops vs cops
- 27 budget tax revenues in the first 4 months of...
- 28 COVID stats
- 29 DAR Foundation to invest ֏1.16 billion in Gegharkunik
- 30 top-10 bestseller translated books in May
- 31 yesterday's news
- 32 end of report
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Daily news wrap-up
News - Jun/18/2021: (1) Final countdown to Sunday vote. Conflicting polls (2) New anti-corruption law in action: $3m mansion (3) Audio leak: hospital boss pressures workers to vote against Nikol (4) NGOs about bribery (5) Gen. Babayan is back with more info about 1990s & 2020 wars (5) Assassinations
This is your 14-minute Friday report in 3625 words.
General Samvel Babayan recalls episodes from 90s war, undeserved promotions, reveals ongoing investigation of 2020 war:
[Babayan served as the head of Artsakh Security Council in 2020.]
Q: What is the main cause of defeat: treason, bad management?
The entire military command. It may be beneficial for someone to accuse politicians of treason, I disagree with it. The same was true about the 90s war. Comandos Arkadiy was leading in Artsakh while Vazgen Sargsyan lead Armenia [army command].
In the 90s when we lost 48% of Artsakh, the Artsvashen, etc. why did people resign? On August 16, Vazgen Sargsyan gives a resignation speech. Before him, Commandos went to Jermuk, the situation was bad.
There were protests in Armenia. They bring Vazgen Manukyan and Andranik Kocharyan from the square. Vazgen Manukyan becomes Defense Minister. Being a deputy in Artsakh, it [army command] fell on my shoulders. You cannot present one order showing that I was appointed.
It took us 5 months to regroup and reorganize until February, then we launched a chain of victories. Amid the successes, the political leadership claimed "it rolled smoothly" as if it was a game. Do you know why they use such words? Because they don't want to give me credit. They want it to be about them; they are Genghiz Khan's grandsons.
[referring to previous authorities] So when I say keep your mouth shut and sit down, why do you feel offended. Why have you been lying to people for 27 years?
Vazgen Manukyan resigned on 10 May 1993 and flew to France for heart treatment. Armenia liberated all the lands after his departure. Aghdam, Martakert, Fizuli, Jabrayil, Kubatlu... these were liberated when there was no Defense Minister in Armenia. Did you know this? We only had an acting chief of staff Norayr Georgevich.
You have been lied to so much that no matter how much I tell you right now, I won't have enough time.
Aghdam operation and undeserved promotions
Zinevich refused to sign under the Aghdam liberation operation. I sent him on a work mission to Moscow so I could sign the document myself without his presence. Upon his return, I relieved him of duties and sent him to work in Armenia's Defense Ministry.
Azeris resumed the war in late 1993. Zinevich moves to Jabrayil but fails to defend the positions; he retreats. After these events, he comes to me and asks to serve under my command again.
Later, Armenian leadership promoted Zinevich to Maj.Gen. for the liberation of Aghdam, while in reality, he had nothing to do with it.
I do not defend any politicians. The army command was at fault in 2020. The politicians' fault was appointing such commanders. There is an ongoing investigation by the Security Council. I'm aware of it. I've been interrogated 4 times.
Samvel Babayan about trade routes & southern lands:
[he supports launching road and railway connections]. No one will be given a special status. Azeris will pay a fee while transporting through Armenia. Aliyev recently said he will rebuild the railway in 2-3 years. Let's hope he succeeds.
I don't think they will hold those lands for too long. Azerbaijan is not as powerful. It's the Armenian media that portrays them that way. Azeris did use long-term (update: long-range) weapons but the problem was the panic in our army. The Azeri army is not as powerful. They are in euphoria right now but they, too, understand that they aren't what they claim to be. Samvel Babayan about army reforms:
Q: what do we need to reform the army and achieve victories?
People do not lose wars, commanders do. They did not perform adequately. The war is a chess game. You control with brain and not muscule. The enemy's weapon quantity and quality can affect the size of your losses, but the management should be able to adopt new tactics at any time regardless of circumstances, to prevent the opponent from dictating its terms.
Some people thought they were mature enough to manage the front. They felt offended when I earlier said that a bunch of farmers were given suits and medals. "Why is he offending the generals," they said.
Draft 20-30-year olds every 3 months. Have them train for a month before deploying them on new border gaps. After a while, pick the best ones to form a professional army with a high salary. We can have a professional army with serious officers in a short time.
Samvel Babayan about General Mosi Hakobyan, CoGS Onik Gasparyan, 1st lady Anna Hakobyan:
Q: Can you give details about what Pashinyan meant when he said ex-CoGS Onik Gasparyan will answer for delaying aid for Shushi?
I do not have details but it is a fact that Onik was responsible for all military actions.
Q: was Onik really that bad?
The army had so many problems that neither Onik nor anyone else could resolve them. It was a result of 20 years of negligence. We need a full investigation of Onik and others.
Q: if we had different MOD and CoGS, would we sustain fewer losses?
Absolutely yes. If they [politicians] entrusted us, at least with the Artsakh portion, we would have a different outcome. But they did not trust us.
Q: there was some talk about people unrelated to the military visiting army headquarters. Doesn't that bother you?
Even very small military unit commanders would visit headquarters to receive assignments. The regulations prohibit this but since the mobilized army was in that shape, they had to deal with such units. The command failed to properly collect and deploy mobilized troops so we went back to 90s style fidayi style.
I said from the beginning that the mobilized troops must be separate [from the main army] but the command did not listen, they wanted to use the mob to supplement the main army. They did... and you saw the outcome. The mob units that I created as separate units did their job properly.
Q: General Mosi Hakobyan complained about 1st lady Anna Hakobyan in headquarters, and that he asked her to leave.
General Mosi Hakobyan is lying about instructing Anna Hakobyan [member of a volunteer unit] to leave the headquarters. No such thing happened. The investigation will reveal everything.
General Mosi Hakobyan knew we were giving losses in that direction [presumably south] but he refused to go there and do his duties because of a personal dispute with me, although I did not send him anywhere, he was sent there by his commander. This is indicative that some people did not do their duties yet they have a 2-meter tongue because of how rich they had gotten. General Mosi is lying from top to bottom.
Samvel Babayan about November 9 ceasefire:
I went to govt building that night with attempts to negotiate for Azeris to withdraw from Shushi and Hadrut in exchange for Armenian withdrawal from other territories. It wasn't accepted. I spent just 15 minutes there. The audio leak featuring me was not from November 9, it was from November 6. [it's about him saying if Russia doesn't help with weapons then the Armenian army and civilians should fully withdraw and basically prepare for another war without agreeing to give 7 regions.] Samvel Babayan about the battle for Shushi:
Q: there were many dead bodies in Shushi suburbs
Comandos Arkadiy Ter-Tadevosyan made the same mistake in 90s. He unnecessarily lost 57 lives while attempting to assault Shushi from the front. We ended up entering Shushi from the [side]. Armenians (2020) and Azeris (1992) both retreated from wings.
There are many fake heroes today who make videos about liberating Shushi. We left many dead on the road near Shushi last year. Who gave the order for those 500 soldiers to storm Shushi from the front? It's the same fake heroes who claim credit for the 1st war's victory. Had they actually participated in the 1992 Shushi liberation, they would have known that you cannot capture Shushi from the front.
Q: would you agree to become Defense Minister if you're offered the job?
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Tags: #SamvelBabayan #90sWar #VazgenSargsyan #VazgenManukyan
former Premier Hrant Bagratyan is back with another big claim / Putin didn't stop the war / Azeris gave 18,000 losses
18,000 Azeri soldiers were killed but we still managed to lose. That number is coming from Azeri opposition outlets and Azeris living in villages, who report that the number of graves is dozens of times higher than it's officially reported. It's not 2,700 as Aliyev claims. Azeris ran out of soldiers in Shushi.
Pashinyan admitted yesterday that we were unable to materialize our boys' heroism. Our army has new Avos and Montes. Ask the army command about how 28 Armenian soldiers destroyed 300 Azeris, 24 tanks, 11 armored vehicles.
Azeris were forced to stop in Shushi. It's not Putin who stopped the war. //
Anti-corruption: ruling party-appointee deputy Minister sentenced to 7 years
Recently-fired deputy Healthcare Minister Arsen Davtyan and the former chief gynecologist-obstetrician Razmik Abrahamyan have been found guilty of accepting and giving large-scale bribes.
The gynecologist will enter 2-year probation, while the ex-deputy minister will serve a 7-year prison term for bribery and sponsorship.
at last, the new asset forfeiture law is utilized / former police chief Gasparyan
Former/current officials' large properties with shady origins can be confiscated under a recent anti-corruption reform. The court decided to freeze Serj Sargsyan-era police chief Vladimir Gasparyan's house while its origins are being investigated.
Neither authorities nor Gasparyan did not disclose which property it is, but you may remember from 2018 reports about Gasparyan obtaining a $3 million house for only $200k.
Informed Citizens NGO: Gasparyan cannot explain how he purchased this house with his salary. The international experience shows that it takes ~2 years to finalize confiscation of such property.
Lawyer-activist Karapetyan: the outcome of the investigation is more important but it's suspicious that it was launched during an election campaign. If the former government returns to power they will shut down all these investigations.
Transparency International rep.: this is positive progress. Just because there is an ongoing election campaign that doesn't mean the investigation is a stunt. The case should advance. The law should apply to everyone.
audio leak: hospital director threatens staff with retaliation, pressured to vote against Pashinyan
An audiotape was published allegedly featuring Izmirlyan hospital director Armen Charchyan, who is an MP candidate under the Kocharyan-ARF alliance, instructing employees to participate in the elections, telling them that he has the ability to check who voted and who did not, and that their boss won't be happy if they vote for Pashinyan.
He told the employees that he is #20 under the Kocharyan ticket. He also said that if they don't participate in elections, he will learn about it by investigating lists, and they will receive harsh treatment at the workplace.
The director then reminds workers that their hospital belongs to the Church and that the Church is against Pashinyan. "I'm not telling you to vote for someone, but you should know what your employer's stance is. The current administration must leave."
He then proceeds to claim that there are mathematical algorithms that will allow them to reveal whom exactly the workers voted for.
Charchyan has been arrested. Kocharyan's campaign called his arrest a "political persecution" [press X to request help from Geroge Soros]. Kocharyan himself did not comment when asked about it.
Helsinki Committee's Armenian branch discusses campaign violations
They have a few dozen observers across Armenia. Their observers alone have received 25 bribery reports and sent the info to authorities to investigate whether the claims are true. "Most of the reports were about the Armenia Alliance [Kocharyan-ARF], Pativ Unem [Serj-Vanetsyan], and in some cases the government, but the former two accounted for the largest share."
Helsinki NGO rep.: for the first time in history, administrative resources were used not just by the government but also the opposition. [budget expenditures, local mayors, directors, etc.]
Also for the first time, we witnessed anti-democratic promises by certain forces [Kocharyan] to restrict civil liberties and non-governmental organizations. This is concerning.
Informed Citizens NGO about alleged bribery reports: we received information about former Armavir mayor distributing bribes for Serj, Goris kindergarten director pressuring workers after receiving orders, workers being brought to Kocharyan rally, screenshot showing Kapan cultural director pressuring workers to attend Kocharyan rally, Lori settlement mayors promising bribes, Masis city's deputy-mayor and even police officials promising bribes for Kocharyan, Vanadzor's Kocharyan office promising bribes in exchange for not voting for Pashinyan, Yerevan center housing workers distributing bribes for Kocharyan, Yerevan's Ajapnyak district residents receiving utility subsidies as bribes from Kocharyan, Ismirlyan hospital director pressuring workers.
documentary: political assassinations and repressions under Kocharyan administration
Aug 1998: chief prosecutor Henrik Khachatryan is killed. According to the official theory, it was a murder-suicide by the former Transport official Aram Karapetyan. It raised questions. Controversial investigator Aghvan Hovsepyan, who lead the investigation, was later appointed as the chief prosecutor. Khachatryan was publicly known as being Kocharyan's friend.
Dec 1998: Vazgen Sargsyan's close friend and deputy-MOD Vahram Khorkhoruni is murdered. Unresolved.
Feb 1999: Vazgen Sargsyan's other close friend and deputy Interior Minister Artsrun Margaryan is murdered. Unresolved
Oct 1999: Vazgen Sargsyan himself, along with other prominent Kocharyan opponents, are killed during the Parliament terror attack. Vazgen's and Demirchyan's Miasnutyun Alliance was the main balance against Kocharyan. The murderers were arrested. Many believe that those who organized the attack and gave the orders have not been found yet.
1 Sep 2001: a grenade attached to a door kills Premier's adviser Gagik Poghosyan. Unresolved.
25 Sep 2001: Kocharyan's bodyguard murders a man named Poghos Poghosyan for having greeted Kocharyan with "Privet Rob" (hello Rob). A witness felt safe to came forward after the 2018 revolution to give his accounts. It portrays a different picture on that fateful day in Paplavok restaurant. The case has been relaunched with harsher murder charges against the bodyguard.
12 April 2004: after Kocharyan declared victory in presidential elections, 16 opposition parties launched protests. They marched towards the Constitutional Court to learn about the verdict regarding a referendum they suggested. The police attacked the crowd on their way. Opposition campaign organizers and offices were arrested/raided. Opposition's parked vehicles were torched. Peaceful protesters and journalists were beaten. 500 detained.
Nor Ughi leader Ashot Bleyan spends 1999-2001 in prison.
Opposition campaign leader Arkadiy Vardanyan jailed for 4 months and exiled from Armenia.
Democratic Homeland leader Petros Makeyan survived an assassination attempt in June 2001, before being arrested by police months later.
Opposition figure Azat Arshakyan arrested on 13 Sep 2001 and sentenced.
12 Oct 2001: Interior Ministry official Musheg Saghatelyan sentenced to 2 years.
[I stopped translating the video at the 8:06 mark. March 1st, 2008 murders are also mentioned, and so are repressions against pro-democracy NGOs.]
2002-2021 stats: European Court for Human Rights vs Armenia
The ECHR made 141 rulings about Armenia since 2002. 131 were about human rights violations.
Kocharyan era: 99 verdicts
Serj era: 32 verdicts
$40 bribes for an "alliance" / two arrested in Zeytun district
The NSS says they uncovered a group that was promising and/or giving $40 bribes in exchange for a vote for an unnamed "alliance". Two are under arrest.
report: Goris cultural center director arrested for prohibiting staff from attending Pashinyan rally
The police in Syunik province has arrested the director after employee complaints. He is charged with Article 149.2.1 (threatening to fire employees if they attend), punishable between 2 months to 5 years, depending on severity.
Artsakh Defense Army reports instances of election propaganda in the army
They launched an investigation.
Kocharyan alliance activists charged with "disrupting campaign" / complaints about "excessive force"
Kocharyan-ARF alliance MP candidate called the Human Rights Office to complain that 3 of their activists were detained in Yeghegnadzor. The HR Office later learned that the activists were detained for allegedly obstructing Pashinyan's campaign.
The MP candidate complained that an activist sustained physical injuries while in the police station. The activist said he was injured while the police were trying to handcuff him.
Human Rights Ombudsman will ask the Constitutional Court to deliberate whether Article 149.1 is constitutional, citing concerns over it being adopted too recently and without lengthy deliberations over its implications on human rights. The law was amended recently to make certain election violations and bribery a felony.
Kocharyan held his final large rally in Republic Square today
His son, who is an MP candidate, said they do not have any plans about a possible coalition if they win.
Q: isn't that strange that your #20 candidate [hospital director] is forcing workers to vote against the government?
Levon Kocharyan: "well, you know he is our candidate so it would have been strange if he forced workers to vote for someone else. The office has released a statement, I have nothing to add."
Former army commander Onik Gasparyan endorsed Robert Kocharyan today.
A helicopter ambulance was dispatched to Goris to save the life of one of the bus drivers who drove Kocharyan supporters from Artsakh to Yerevan for today's rally. It was reported that some 100 buses arrived from Artsakh to Yerevan's Republic Square.
One of them had an incident on the M2 highway near Goyarq settlement; 5 were hospitalized. The hospital reported that several women and children received medium-severity injuries, while the driver is in serious condition and requires surgery.
Political analyst Movses Harutyunyan reports witnessing "street thugs" in 3rd Mas District gathering groups of young residents and pressuring them to attend today's Republics Square rally.
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polls: whom would you vote for?
The poll was conducted by Armenian Election Study (U.S.?) on behalf of the EVN Report.
(Don't know) 30%
(Refuse to answer) 9%
(Will not vote) 8%
National Democratic Axis 2%
Aram Sargsyan 2%
Pativ Unem 1%
MPG pollster's numbers:
(Refused to answer) 5.2%
(Don't know) 4.1%
polls by EVN: which candidate can resolve the current crisis?
Don't know 20%
polls by EVN: are they honest and competent?
Honest: Nikol 30%, Rob 3%
Competent: Nikol 17%, Rob 25%
Not competent: Nikol 51%, Rob 36%
Corrupt: Nikol 2%, Rob 36%
polls by EVN: democracy or security?
43% prioritize security
3% prioritize democracy
among party lines
The majority of Pashinayn voters support both democracy and security.
The majority of Kocharyan voters prioritize security over democracy.
polls by EVN: education degree of each candidate's voters
Kocharyan has more university graduate voters. It's likely related to Pashinyan's significantly larger support in provinces.
polls by EVN: support in each province
Ararat: 87% Nikol, 13% Rob
Aragatsotn: 71% Nikol, 29% Rob
Armavir: 81% Nikol, 19% Rob
Gegharkunik: 85% Nikol, 5% Rob
Vayots Dzor: ~100% Nikol
Tavush: 78% Nikol, 22% Rob
Syunik: 29% Nikol, 71% Rob
Shirak: 68% Nikol, 32% Rob
Lori: 84% Nikol, 16% Rob
Kotayk: 59% Nikol, 41% Rob
Yerevan: 49% Nikol, 51% Rob
Azerbaijan places three Russian-Armenian businessmen on the wanted list
They are Tashir mall owner Samvel Karapetyan, KOMEX director Ara Abrahamyan, and Royalsys Engineering owner Davit Galstyanb (Patron Davo). The first two are Russian citizens. Azerbaijan accuses them of using cargo and civilian jets to transport weapons to Artsakh during the war.
Ara Abrahamyan responds: I do not care what the Azeri prosecutors announce. It would be best if they focused on their criminals who are violating human rights in Karabakh.
Samvel Karapetyan responds: the accusations are absurd and based on made-up claims.
Russia reacts to possible Turkish military base in Azerbaijan
Erdogan recently said he doesn't rule out the possibility to open a base in Azerbaijan. Russian MFA Lavrov was dismissive of "rumors" about a Turkish military base in Azerbaijan, saying he won't comment.
Putin's spokesman Peskov: it's at the center of our attention. The opening of a NATO base on our borders warrants special attention and action for Russia's defense. //
Alexander Sherin, the first deputy chair of the Russian parliament's Defense Committee, is concerned and believes that Azerbaijan is de-facto a NATO member now. It's a matter of time until Turkey installs the base, be believes.
Sherin complains that Russia's neutral stance has untied Turkish hands in the region.
cops vs cops
Cops launched an administrative investigation after a group of cops (some with civilian clothes) fought against each other in front of a sports center popular among cops. [u should have lifted, bro]
budget tax revenues in the first 4 months of...
2021 were +2.4% compared to 2020, and +9% compared to 2019.
3613 tested. 86 infected. 238 healed. 1 death. 2607 active.
DAR Foundation to invest ֏1.16 billion in Gegharkunik
Economy Minister Qerobyan and DAR Foundation rep. Margarita signed a private-public cooperation memorandum to invest in five villages for sustainable development.
֏1.16b to be invested by 2025 on education, better and cleaner living environment, stable economy.
top-10 bestseller translated books in May
5) Հայրս՝ այդ հսկան, by Շառլ Ազնավուր
4) Ֆարենհայթ 451, by Ռեյ Բրեդբըրի
3) Զուլալի, by Նարինե Աբգարյան
2) Իմ հանճարեղ ընկերուհին, by Էլենա Ֆերանտե
1) Հետնատունը, by Աննը Ֆրանկ
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The accused are innocent unless proven guilty in the court of law, even if they "appear" guilty.
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