The hazard tape on the picture warns “high voltage” and informs, that the company doing the construction works is “Electroservice” OJSC. A couple of years ago it wouldn’t even occur to a company, that they need to put warning signs around an uncovered high-voltage cable.
But… and there is always a but… the hazard tape installed in the Armenian capital has only Russian language warnings on it.
So if you’re an optimist, like myself, you’d say, at least there is indication of danger in a language, that most people walking around could read. And if you’re a foreign guest or a Diaspora Armenian, who doesn’t speak Russian, you would understand from the color and shape of the tape and the trench, that it is something dangerous and to be avoided.
On the other hand, if you’re a pessimist like myself, you could say that it looks a bit disrespectful to the country in general. I mean, it probably doesn’t cost an awful lot to print Armenian language or multilingual hazard tapes these days.
But… and there is always a but… maybe I’m just wining and blowing up the issue out of nothing…