“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.
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.