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Yerkir-Media (am) reports, that Serge Sargsyan yesterday has presented the new head of State Taxation Service Vahram Barseghyan to his staff, and while thanking the old head Felix Tsolakyan for his efficient work over the past 4 years, which has resulted in more then doubling the volume of state tax revenues has noted, that the new head – Vahram Barseghyan will bring in new approaches, which are necessary to further increase the efficiency of the service.
Strangely enough all of this sounds to me more like Serge Sargsyan bringing in his men on key positions instead of Andranik Margaryan’s people, then an attempt to really increase Tax incomes of the state and fight the shadow economy. It is no secret, that if Serge Sargsyan wants to become president next year, he needs to ensure full support of the Oligarchs, and as the common perception is that these guys are the ones avoiding taxes more often then anybody else, we can see the hidden warning for all of them, including Gagik Tsarukyan, the head of the second largest Parliamentary Faction – “Prosperous Armenia” party. I hope all this disguised war of both political and economic interests doesn’t lead to more high-profile killings of state officials in the end – although we’re kinda growing accustomed to it recently.