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“The Information Checking Center” provides a summary of misinformation spread in the media.
- A fake Facebook page, created in similarity to Arminfo news agency, spread fake news claiming that Azerbaijan has allegedly targeted the Hrazdan TPP. The page further called on the residents of the surrounding areas to leave their houses and get away from their settlements.
The RA National Security Service reported that the news does not correspond to reality. The NSS called on people to not panic, be vigilant and to only follow official news.
- The Azerbaijani authorities had claimed that yesterday, on October 29, the Armenian side had refused to receive 84-year-old Misha Melkumyan, who “had been left helpless by the Armenians” in Hadrut. As many now know, Misha Melkumyan was taken captive by the Azerbaijani army.
After this statement, the competent authorities of Armenia had found out that the medical conclusion concerning our compatriot’s health condition did not allow him to be transferred.
In addition, today, on October 30, Misha Melkumyan passed away. The epicrisis of his medical condition was handed over to the ICRC.
- Referring to the accident with the oxygen cylinder supply system that took place in the Spitak Medical Center, the Azerbaijani media claimed that a strong explosion took place at the medical center. Attached to the news was an old picture, which had been taken during the Beirut Blast in August.
- The Russian news site ''lenta.ru'' wrote today about a “mysterious” Socata TBM-930 charter flight. The media reported that a private Socata TBM-930 plane, of unknown state ownership, entered the Turkish airspace today from the capital city of Armenia, Yerevan, and is approaching Ankara at the moment. Later, the Telegram Channel “Военный обозреватель” (War Observer) noted that the flight had been authorized by the Armenian and Turkish authorities.
Referring to this topic, the RA Civilian Aviation Committee clarified that the considered plane belonged to the “Goldex Textile” company. It is registered in Austria and there is nothing extraordinary about the flight.
An examination of the data on the Flightradar24 system shows that the plane flew from Armenia to the “Plovdiv” airport in Bulgaria and landed there, not to Ankara.
- In certain news websites and on social media a speech by Arayik Harutyunyan, the president of Artsakh, containing a warning about a rocket attack by the Armed Forces of the Republic of Artsakh on the military objects in the city of Ganja, was shared. The video being shared was old, it was made on October 4. We remind you, that this is not the first attempt to present an old speech as a new one. Recently, the message of the Chief of General Staff of Armenia Onik Gasparyan made on September 27 was also being shared.
- Responding to recent rumors, as well as complaints found on the internet that the SRC is collecting money benefitting goods refused by the states through customs brokers, the SRC reports that custom brokers are private service organizations, not state bodies. For their service to act on behalf of citizens in customs-related bodies, they are charging X amount of money. The SRC has no authority over the pricing policy of individual businesses.