2021 September 9
- 1 Daily news wrap-up
- 2 2020 War: parents who participated in the investigation of a failed counter-attack in the south reveal details
- 3 interview with Parliamentary Defense Committee chief Andranik K. about army reforms and negotiations
- 4 MOD Karapetyan welcomed the new head of the Russian peacekeeping mission in Artsakh
- 5 MOD Karapetyan met the families of missing soldiers
- 6 other army news
- 7 Yerevan will install a monument dedicated to avengers who executed the Armenian Genocide perpetrators
- 8 ethnic Armenian Turkish Parliament MP Garo Paylan called for the normalization of Armenia-Turkey relations:
- 9 education reforms will aim to reduce waste on tuition subsidy on little-needed professions, to address the specialist shortage in high-tech and elsewhere
- 10 Education Ministry hired a group of scientists to find ways to reduce pollution and algae in Lake Sevan / Device being created
- 11 traveling to Armenia for work will become easier and faster starting January 1
- 12 passport paper shortage affects Armenia, what's the alternative
- 13 IRS will digitize the customs process and eliminate the need for personal visits
- 14 COVID stats
- 15 what is the "Armenia Airways" up to these days?
- 16 Facebook fact-checks the COVID and other fake news by Armenian media outlets, Kocharyan outlet editor describes it as "government censorship"
- 17 beep beep: a school in a van
- 18 discussions resume around the proposed Constitutional amendments
- 19 3 more Armenian athletes win medals in "CIS Republics Olympics"
- 20 Gagik Tsarukyan re-elected as the president
- 21 a group of grape farmers closed an interstate road
- 22 Uncle Samvel collected 11% more taxes
- 23 EU welcomed the government's 5-year plan and vowed to support reforms
- 24 PHOTOS: Vanadzor city will have a skating park and new kindergarten
- 25 a new kindergarten opens in village Arevabyur (Ararat)
- 26 Monte Melkonian Road is finally being asphalted in Myasnikyan (Armavir)
- 27 end of report
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Daily news wrap-up
News - Sep/9/2021: A failed counter-attack in Hadrut: commanders, artillery, intel __ Scientists to clean Sevan __ Interview w/Defense official __ Education reforms to prepare specialists __ Garo Paylan on relations w/Turkey __ Passport & digitization __ Facebook got em: COVID misinfo __ Tax stats
Your 20-minute Thursday recap in 4910 words.
2020 War: parents who participated in the investigation of a failed counter-attack in the south reveal details
A group of parents of missing or deceased soldiers held a press conference today and claimed to possess details about one of the failed operations near Hadrut. They want several commanders to be punished. Below is how they believe the events occurred.
A soldier's father about the incident involving artillery: This is about the Artsakh Defense army's 8th Motor-Rifle brigade's D-20 դիվիզիոն (division). The authorities have already arrested division commander Gevorg Gevorgyan.
The events unfolded between Sept. 27 and Oct. 12. The division took positions in Aghdam, then assumed its firing positions near Vazgenanshen until October 5, when they were instructed to march towards Hadrut, to aid our soldiers who were in a difficult state.
The division assumed a firing position in the Hadrut region in Jrashkharh area. They conducted engineering work to prepare their firing positions. However, the commander of Artsakh Army's artillery forces Gennady Baghdasaryan instructed the division to advance towards the other side of Hadrut, to the area called "9th Kilometer".
It turns out they were being sent there to prepare for a counter-attack against the enemy. This was a gross violation on behalf of counter-attack organizers because they did not take into account the rules: has the enemy's advancement already been stopped, do you have the necessary reserves, does the enemy have reserves. [Note: ex-MOD spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisyan mentioned this during his post-war analysis and questioned the command's decision to counter-attack, but he did not specify names. Now we probably know what he was referring to.]
It turns out the enemy was not yet stopped and moreover, it had reserves stationed nearby, while we did not (the last 49th tank brigade and 8th motor division reserves were used). The commander should not have launched a counter-attack.
These forces had zero military experience in this location. No training. No knowledge of the terrain. This led to them making serious mistakes.
After a failed attack, the division retreated, leaving behind equipment. They heard the enemy artillery and realized the enemy was close, so the division commander informed his commanders about the need to retreat. They returned to Jrashkharh positions where they had already done some engineering work.
However, army artillery commander Gennady Baghdasaryan complained that had retreated too far, and instructed them to take closer positions. The division commander advanced the troops to a few kilometers before Fizuli, an area called Juvarlu. This was October 8-9.
They assumed the firing positions and took orders about striking targets from the army's artillery commander Gennady Baghdasaryan, who instructed them to fire at the enemy near Hadrut. The enemy drones targeted one of our firing batteries within the next two days. The division retreated back to Jrashkharh positions again.
However, hours later, Gennady Baghdasaryan again complained about retreating too much, and instructed them to assume other positions, while it was impossible because there were fierce battles elsewhere. Nonetheless, the division commander followed Gennady Baghdasaryan's orders and advanced to Juvarlu again (near Fizuli) because in this area they had already done engineering work with shelters, etc. Instead of helping their own fellow divisions who were fighting elsewhere, this division was again instructed to target the enemy near Hadrut.
At some point, the distance between them and the enemy became only 4.5km. The division commander asked the army artillery commander for the enemy's exact location on multiple occasions, but they were unable to receive this information, while their fellow divisions couldn't give them the info either because they were all separated. The divisions were scattered around in Mataghis, Karmir Shuka, Horadiz, etc. while the command office was far away. It was poorly managed.
On October 12, the division's observation point, which was ~1km away from the firing batteries, noticed a movement towards them. Division's immediate artillery chief Col. Norayr Hayrapetyan and division commander Tovmasyan reported this movement to the Army's artillery chief Gennady Baghdasaryan, with the hope to clarify who was approaching them.
At the time, the information about our and enemy positions was chaotic and inaccurate, so they wanted to clarify who was coming. Before waiting for confirmation from the Army, the division commander ordered troops to retreat, just in case.
The Army then responded, telling them the approaching group was Armenian. The division commander did not believe and asked for the Army to double-check it. They receive the same response. [it turned out to be the enemy]
How did the information flow work? The division called army artillery chief Gennady Baghdasaryan to inform about the approaching force. Baghdasaryan claims he then contacted the army headquarters, specifically to army commander Jalal Harutyunyan for the latter to check the identity of approaching soldiers, and according to Baghdasaryan, Jalal told him it was Armenians. [according to other reports, Jalal told Baghdasaryan it COULD be Armenian soldiers, "be careful don't hit ours" because there were no Armenian surveillance drones in that area. Jalal and Baghdasaryan contradict each other. Parents believe Jalal said, "it's definitely Armenian soldiers". Whether Jalal received the false information from the army's intel department is yet to be investigated.]
The division, now falsely believing the approaching troops are Armenian, let down their guard, and suspended the process of retreating. The enemy approached from the south and "encircled" them. I cannot confirm or deny the rumors that the enemy was using Armenian uniforms. Both uniforms look the same in dirt and dust. Although by then, Azeris had access to the captured Armenian positions that contained Armenian uniforms, so it's possible that they used Armenian uniforms, but I cannot confirm.
There were approximately 200 Azeri soldiers in the approaching group. Videos taken after the clashes showed at least 10 Armenian bodies from the 1st battery unit of the division. The 2nd battery unit retreated without significant issues. The division commander was located between the 1st and 2nd battery units.
When it already became clear the approaching forces were enemy and the firing began, the main command instructed troops to leave ASAP. After hearing this, the division's commander Maj. Gevorg Gevorgyan did not just retreat, he fled the area instead of organizing the troops. Not even one soldier got a chance to get into his personal vehicle. We later interviewed the division soldiers and commander Gervorgyan himself.
Whom do we blame for this?
1) Artsakh Army commander Jalal Harutyunyan for giving false information (according to artillery chief Gennady Baghdasaryan). He gave inaccurate information while it was known that the movements in the Hadrut region were chaotic and the enemy had already reached it. Our division could have destroyed part of the approaching enemy and safely retreat, had they been given accurate info.
2) Artillery chief Gennady Baghdasaryan. Why was he given promotions? Why did he stick his nose and micromanage the division's job, instead of giving orders and allowing the division's commander to manage it? The division was instructed by Baghdasaryan to advance to a dangerous zone while it could have stayed in the rear and fire from a 17km distance.
Baghdasaryan denies ordering troops to return to a "dangerous area"; he says he complained about them retreating too much and said, "move forward a bit". You are an artillery chief, don't you know that moving a bit forward means assuming unprotected positions in an open field, which is a death sentence for artillery [presumably they were forced to move way forward where the next suitable positions were for artillery]. Who was going to dig new positions for the artillery? Soldiers had not slept for weeks. So they were forced to advance to Juvarlu again. [they had dug positions here]
In his defense, Baghdasaryan claims that had the artillery remained in Jrashkharh, the distance would be too long for targeting the enemy in Dorchinar-Kand Khoradiz direction. This is true, the distance would be too long, but to verify the truthfulness of his claims we asked the division commander, and he denied ever receiving orders to target Dorchinar-Kand Khoradiz.
If the artillery was only going to focus on Hadrut (closer), they could have stayed in the rear in Jrashkharh. When Baghdasaryan ordered the division forward, the division's immediate artillery chief Norayr Hayrapetyan knew it was a death sentence but followed the order anyway. He is MIA.
3) Division commander Gevorg Gevorgyan. He was responsible for those troops and defense operations. He fled the scene.
4) The division's 1st battery commander Gokoryan is also guilty. He stayed and fought with a group of soldiers but did not manage the unit properly. When they were told to retreat, he instructed vehicles to come closer. This led to everyone bunching up together, thus becoming an excellent target. We ended up losing 10 soldiers confirmed in video, and another 5 discovered later. There were 21 soldiers in that unit.
I don't think there was intentional treason. It was a result of a bad and chaotic command.
Armenian soldiers were doing very well until October 4, we had good defense. The enemy had sustained very heavy casualties in the directions of Jabrayil, 1st and 6th Defense Rings. //
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Tags: #Hadrut #artillery #communication #commander #CounterAttack
interview with Parliamentary Defense Committee chief Andranik K. about army reforms and negotiations
Q: since the Armenian government says the agenda is to establish peace, does that mean [we don't plan to start a new war to recapture the lands that were lost during and after the war]?
We have a ceasefire after November 9. We should maintain this ceasefire regime, which will give us an opportunity to restore our military potential, which will then guarantee peace for us. We should look at our history and learn lessons from our defeats.
Q: that means we could sign a peace agreement with Azerbaijan. Is the status quo beneficial for Armenia?
The 1994 ceasefire agreement did not lead to a final peace agreement because it wasn't only up to us to decide. We must come close to a peace agreement and it must respect the interests of all sides, including Artsakh's security and status. We must go through this difficult process.
Q: Pashinyan called for de-occupation of Artsakh's captured lands during the election campaign, but the 5-year government plan only mentions a legal status for Artsakh. Why wasn't de-occupation mentioned in the government plan?
We should not provoke.
[Side note: the Foreign Ministry mentioned the need to de-occupy Artsakh on July 19, a month after the elections. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1058500.html]
Q: let me rephrase, is the de-occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast regions (Hadrut and Shushi) on the agenda?
The negotiation process must include the issue of Hadrut and Shushi because they are part of NKAO.
Q: some former diplomats "welcome" the fact that Azerbaijan doesn't comply with Nov 9 agreement and doesn't return POWs. They say this opens up the door for Armenia to break its own Nov 9 commitments and take action.
And what do these former diplomats suggest we do TODAY? Lay the ground for a new war?
Q: ... they say if we sign a peace agreement and finish the conflict with the current status quo, it won't be beneficial for us.
We aren't even close to signing a peace agreement. These former diplomats know this very well. We have a long road to go. Let these critics publish their full ideas.
Q: describe the border demarcation process on the ground.
Our borders must be clear. This hill, this stone, this line. This will be followed by a larger border position engineering process.
Q: critics say if you recognize Armenia-Azerbaijan borders now, you are forever giving up on Artsakh.
The critics are wrong. No one is giving up on Artsakh. Artsakh's status is yet to be negotiated. The borders around the Lachin corridor will be discussed separately from the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. The Lachin corridor will become the link where we will agree not to shoot at each other.
Q: tell us about army reforms.
I mentioned the main points in Parliament. The reform package is under development. You will see more details when more in-depth discussions begin in Parliament. The ongoing 3-month-long reservist retraining is part of this plan.
Today I signed a document to launch discussions relating to mobilization forces. The Human Rights Ombudsman will be invited, too. We should have done this 20 years ago. We've always admired Switzerland instead of acting to develop our reserves. Every reservist station must be full, and every reservist must know their duties and who their commanders are.
Q: what changes should we expect in the military?
Structural changes in the communication between the MOD and Army Command, education changes, staff changes, personnel command reforms, new promotion system, spend 24 hours on training.
Pashinyan spoke about [the separate] Border Guards. We had Border Guards in the 1990s. Yuri Khachatorov was leading them. The Guards were guarding the border, while the formation of the striking army took several years to complete and was a mixture of regular/fedayee forces. The diasporan militarymen who came to Armenia created this system.
But something happened to our military system between the 1990s and 2020. I've always said that October 27, 1999, terrorist attack [and Kocharyan's takeover] was the turning point. From that point on, the army promotion was only about the number of stars on your shoulders, and not the skills.
The investigative committee will review all this, learn lessons, and close this page of our history so we can build a professional army.
Q: who will serve in the front line if we have border guards and a professional army. The conscripts or professional contractors?
A contractor doesn't mean professional. We have contractors today. They are 60% of the army. It's a person who guards the border for 15 days then returns home. The professional army will be different. They will be 24/7, with higher benefits.
The deployment of 18yo conscripts will depend on various things, including modern weapons, border tech, the general doctrine. TBD.
Q: former MOD Seyran Ohanyan criticized that the April 2016 war investigation, led by you, was a political attack and included experts whom he had fired.
Ohanyan is lying. [Gives names of experts who analyzed the data and "weren't fired" by Ohanyan.] How can Ohanyan claim the investigation is politics if he admits he hasn't even read the report? He is in Parliament; he has access to the full report. He can read it. But he doesn't need to, because he is aware of what happened in 2016 and what led to it.
MOD Karapetyan welcomed the new head of the Russian peacekeeping mission in Artsakh
Chief Rustam Muradov's 6-month term had expired in May but he was asked to serve longer; there are no hard deadlines. Today he was replaced by Mikhail Kosobokov.
MOD Karapetyan met the families of missing soldiers
They were briefed about the ongoing search operations on the former battlefields.
other army news
The Armenian army is taking part in 200,000-strong military exercises in Russia's Mulino army field. They're joined by Russia, India, Kazakhstan, and others. The training involves naval forces, rocket systems, hundreds of jets, and tanks.
Yerevan will install a monument dedicated to avengers who executed the Armenian Genocide perpetrators
It'll be located in the 4th section of Circular Park, near the Tigran Petrosyan Chess House. "The issue of erecting a monument to the avengers of the Armenian Genocide has important political and moral-psychological significance," says the resolution.
ethnic Armenian Turkish Parliament MP Garo Paylan called for the normalization of Armenia-Turkey relations:
There is a need for new, constructive approaches in our region. Although there are differences of opinion and expectations, sincere efforts to develop good-neighborly relations based on trust will be a responsible approach based on mutual recognition of each other's territorial integrity and sovereignty.
It is impossible to start the process of normalization without opening the borders first. I believe Turkey is serious about normalizing relations. After series of military involvements in other countries, Turkey now wants to use South Caucasus as an example to show the world that it is also capable of establishing peace.
It is normal for Armenians to be skeptical because they have reasons, but Erdogan is an opportunist and pragmatic president. His involvement in the 2020 war was to appease the hardline nationalists in Turkey and to help Azerbaijan with Karabakh. But he also saw that he was unable to gain the leverage he expected. Russia gained it, instead.
By establishing peace with Armenia, Erdogan addresses two issues: economic (railways and trade) and the country's image as a peacemaker. //
education reforms will aim to reduce waste on tuition subsidy on little-needed professions, to address the specialist shortage in high-tech and elsewhere
Deputy Education Minister Andreasyan met the directors of secondary vocational and crafts schools.
Ministry: the state is paying the tuition for 60% of the 12.2k college and ուսումնարան students. About the same as previous years. Around 1.2k slots remained vacant.
Nothing is free; it's being paid for by taxpayer funds. This places greater responsibility on our shoulders. We need to properly formulate the need for state-funded education. We need to clarify the type of specialists Armenia needs, who can enter the workforce and help the economy.
The analysis shows that professions that are in high demand in the labor market leave vacant seats. Instead, the already competitive and little-needed fields are popular. We must gradually review what is being subsidized.
the subsidy system will change
The Ministry will consult with each school before giving them state-funded slots. Things such as admission results, labor market need, and the school's capabilities (labs, etc.) to provide quality education will be taken into account.
The government has created a working group consisting of members of Labor, Economy, Education, and other bodies. It's studying the topic.
quality > quantity
To help provinces, territorial factors will be taken into account during the formation of subsidized slots, under the context of making colleges and ուսումնարան more accessible in the educational link.
Certain conditions must be created. When the school has only 100 students but 10 specialties, there can be no word about that education being high-quality. It's better for it to focus on fewer specialties but provide quality education. In other words, if we have several schools in the same region, we must take into account which school in which field has the potential to provide quality education. We need good specialists. //
Tags: #EducationReforms #specialists
Education Ministry hired a group of scientists to find ways to reduce pollution and algae in Lake Sevan / Device being created
The National Academy of Sciences, YSU univ., and scientists from other institutes are working on a tool to clean organic materials and pollutants from the lake's shores, to reduce the algae bloom.
Scientists: the lake has been booming because of high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus. This "suffocates" the life in the lake. The Cyanophyta is toxic and releases microcystins and anatoxin. [bunch of jargon in the link about water sample testing]
All samples indicated somatic mutations, colorless mutations, etc. The highest elevation was observed in the sample taken near Lchashen. //
Since last year, scientists have been studying the use of zeolites that kills the algae, and zeolites' effect on the water quality itself.
The scientists are working on cheap and safe absorbing materials, including natural polymers. Armenia has rich mineral reserves of natural absorbents such as zeolites, diatomites, perilites, etc.
A 300x reduction in microbes was observed within 10 minutes of zeolite application. The scientists are trying to accelerate the process. The model device they are creating will use this technology to suck the demon out of the lake.
traveling to Armenia for work will become easier and faster starting January 1
The UN held a meeting with the Migration Service of Armenia, NSS, and other govt agencies, to discuss reforms in the work permit system for foreign nationals, scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2022.
Current system: The foreigner obtains a work permit from the Labor Ministry and uses it to ask the Police Passport & Visa department for permission to stay in Armenia.
New system: Everything is unified and digitized. If no qualified Armenian citizens apply for the vacant job, the employer places a bid to invite a foreigner. The process is significantly faster and requires fewer documents. Multiple state agencies use the same electronic platform.
passport paper shortage affects Armenia, what's the alternative
Lately, the residents have been unable to renew their expired passports or replace the lost ones, and foreigners have been unable to obtain their first passports. The problem is caused by COVID-induced shortages in the company that delivers the blue paper to Armenia.
A resident was asked to try again later. She was offered a temporary ID card as a substitute. For legal contracts, she can use "9-րդ ձևը" form which is considered a substitute.
Passport Department: the delivery company is unable to deliver the paper to Armenia because of COVID. We don't have a specific date on when it will be resolved. Meanwhile, residents can get an ID card that's valid for many activities within Armenia. If you need a passport, we recommend reaching out again after September 15.
It takes up to 15 days to get an ID card, but if you need something quicker, you will be given Form 9. //
IRS will digitize the customs process and eliminate the need for personal visits
They analyzed what they do and what can be digitized, and met the representatives of European EDRB bank today. "A completely new customs service is expected at the end of all projects. The customs inspector and the importer will no longer have direct contact during the documentation. Digital processes will replace the visits to customs facilities."
6659 tested. 587 infected. 529 healed. 14 deaths. 10040 active.
Armenia has been added to EU's Red Zone again. This could restrict travel.
what is the "Armenia Airways" up to these days?
Last year they evacuated 38,000 Armenian citizens stranded abroad due to COVID. They operated at a 10% capacity.
The traffic gradually resumed earlier this year after Armenia and Russia implemented the special mobile app for PCR tests to clear visitors for departure. Since then, the company has made thousands of flights with 300,000 passengers.
The company opened a new Tourism Department and will sell tickets to Hurghada (Egypt) and Sharm al Sheikh.
Facebook fact-checks the COVID and other fake news by Armenian media outlets, Kocharyan outlet editor describes it as "government censorship"
On June 1st we learned that Facebook's Georgia-based partner (factcheck.ge) agreed to work with Armenia-based NGO to fight pandemic and elections misinformation on the Armenian-language Facebook.
A week ago, Satik Seyranyan, the chief editor of Kocharyan's "168" media outlet gave an interview to Kocharyan's "5TV" outlet, and claimed that opposition outlets are on the brink of closure because Facebook is in bed with the Armenian government to target outlets. She is concerned that Pashinyan can "swarm" opposition outlets with false reports and falsely label them as fake news.
The editor then notes that it's the opposition outlets that are mostly slapped with the misinformation tag, making it appear that they were being picked on by Facebook's fact-checkers. [It should be noted that some Armenian opposition activists and outlets are known for spreading election and COVID misinformation, anti-vax, and anti-mask links from the early days of the pandemic, partly for the sake of being "against Pashinyan". This could explain the disproportionately high misinformation labels for them, assuming that's the case.]
Facebook has rules that fact-checkers must follow. It defines when the post should be labeled fake, mostly fake, out of context, editorialized, etc.
The editor also claimed that since the two Armenian local fact-checkers media.am and MediaInitiatives.am (MIC) were unable to obtain the official status of a Facebook fact-checker, they had contacted their Georgian counterpart to launch the mutual project. However, the media.am denied the claim, saying they were the ones approached by the Georgian fact-checker for cooperation to fact-check the June 20 related election news. The cooperation lasted between June 1st and August.
The fact-checkers use the existing rules to check if the post is misinformation, so it's unclear how Pashinyan could "censor opposition outlets", especially if there is a way for users to officially challenge their "fake" label.
why was Kocharyan's 168 outlet sanctioned by Facebook?
3 fake news and 5 other misinformation posts within two months, according to Facebook.
The outlet circulated claims that the government used the LGBT flag during a children's festival on June 1, and that it was Nikol pandering to get the gay vote ahead of the June 20 elections. In reality, there was a stage performance by children that depicted the sun, rainbow, and blue skies. There was no LGBT flag. This is a common source of paranoia among ultra-conservative activists in Russia, which often transfers to their subsidiaries in Armenia.
Another fake news was about QP MP Alen Simonyan entering a voting station and not leaving.
no fake news is complete without the grand villain George Soros
The 168 editor also claimed that another opposition outlet Hraparak's page is on the verge of closure because of fake news labels, with one being about an interview involving a psychologist who circulated conspiracy theories about CIA controlling the Armenian government, the Jews, George Soros, and the industrial hemp legalization in Armenia [you knew this one was coming].
In the video post, there are claims about a group of Jews from the United States controlling the whole planet, controlling the money flow, that Nikol is their puppet, that the government's recent legalization of industrial hemp are all part of a plan, that there is an effort to reduce the global population size, eliminate Christianity, and other theories, sometimes presented as facts.
First president Levon Ter-Petrosyan was not spared, either. He was also dubbed a CIA agent. The legalization of industrial hemp, which is not the same as marijuana, was described by Hraparak's guest as a plot to numb people's blain.
about the Armenian MIC fact-checker
They are the Armenia-based checker that's helping the Georgia-based certified checker. In 2017, they signed a cooperation memorandum with Education Minister ARF Levon Mkrtchyan to raise the media literacy levels in Armenia. In 2021, they were added to the list of government-certified companies that can assess teachers' media literacy.
beep beep: a school in a van
Edu VanHub is a school on wheels. They began traveling through Armenian provinces to raise the media literacy among the youth, and sometimes their parents.
Hundreds of students have learned how to prepare high-quality digital content and share it on the internet, how to find online education, media literacy, blogging, which could eventually help them produce content to promote their villages for tourism and solve local problems.
discussions resume around the proposed Constitutional amendments
Justice Minister Andreasyan met the representatives of several non-parliamentary parties and dozens of independent legal experts today to discuss their opinion on whether the Constitutional and Supreme courts should merge, whether a semi-presidential system is better for Armenia, etc.
3 more Armenian athletes win medals in "CIS Republics Olympics"
The sambists won broze.
Gagik Tsarukyan re-elected as the president
.... of Olympics Committee. No other candidates. He's been leading since 2004. He spoke about sports success in recent times and the efforts to send more athletes to international competitions.
a group of grape farmers closed an interstate road
They want the large-scale buyers to pay ֏150/kg instead of ֏125, and to purchase more. They had earlier complained that the storage companies are "full" and aren't buying enough, leaving the grape to rot. The Economy Minister later revealed that some large-scale buyers resumed the purchases.
The police held unsuccessful negotiations with the farmers and forcefully opened the road.
Uncle Samvel collected 11% more taxes
2018 Jan-Sept: ֏773 billion
2019 Jan-Sept: ֏937 billion
2020 Jan-Sept: ֏888 billion
2021 Jan-Sept: ֏984 billion
They also refunded more back to taxpayers: +38% vs 2020, +57% vs 2019, +81% vs 2018.
EU welcomed the government's 5-year plan and vowed to support reforms
Finance Minister Khachatryan met ambassador Wiktorin. The latter said the EU has a positive opinion about the 5-year plan and will help with investments in the economy, reforms, strengthening democracy, small/medium business, and in other areas.
PHOTOS: Vanadzor city will have a skating park and new kindergarten
The city's Sayat-Nova Park and nearby roads will be completely revamped as part of a federal-local subsidy program. New benches, lighting, alleys, bins. The fountain area will be converted into an amphitheater and skating area.
10 apartment buildings will have their roofs repaired and insulated.
A new kindergarten is being built.
a new kindergarten opens in village Arevabyur (Ararat)
34 kids will no longer have to travel to a nearby settlement.
Monte Melkonian Road is finally being asphalted in Myasnikyan (Armavir)
Formerly named after Lenin, it's the central road in the settlement. They are also renovating the cultural house and the kindergarten.
end of report
The accused are innocent unless proven guilty in the court of law, even if they "appear" guilty.
Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/pl5q75/news_sep92021_a_failed_counterattack_in_hadrut/
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