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Crime, Politics, Religion and Vice Versa

“In Armenia it is difficult to distinguish these two motives [crime and politics] nowadays; the criminal entities are closely involved with the ruling HHK and are used to intimidate the voters and the opposition parties. As a reward they are given a free reign in their economic activities.” speculates Nazarian discussing yet another killing as the Parliamentary campaign draws near, althought the blogger says: “It remains to be seen whether this murder was politically motivated or was done to settle scores. ”
While crime reigns in the streets, Bekaisa draws attention to the fact, that there are “72 RELIGIOUS PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE” in Armenia – that is a new record.

Armenia has a record number of religious conscientious objectors to military service in jail, despite a 2004 promise to free these prisoners of conscience, Forum 18 News Service has found. 72 Jehovah’s Witnesses are now in jail.
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Jehovah’s Witnesses and Molokans insist that they would be happy to perform a genuinely civilian alternative service – but Armenia does not allow this.

E-channel blog has also looked at the situation with the Jehovah’s Witnesses, noting, that “10,000 Armenian’s won’t take part in the election” – as this is the number of Jehovah’s Witnesses the blogger Blansh estimates.