Armenian president’s selective condolences

A Russian man rests while behind him a house burns outside the town of Vyksa, southwest of the Volga city of Nizhny Novgorod, on July 29.

Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan sent a letter of condolences to the president of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev today.

At least 40 people have died in wildfires that have
destroyed hundreds of homes in Russia and burned through vast
swaths of tinder-dry land, amid the worst
heat wave since the country began keeping records 130 years
ago.

“I was saddened to learn the news of natural disaster in central parts of Russia, which claimed human lives and caused devastation,” Armenia’s president Sargsyan said in a telegraphed message sent to Russia’s Medvedev.

Serzh Sargsyan’s message was picked up by all state-controlled TV channels, state-controlled radio news networks and news agencies. The Armenian people in all the distant corners of the country heard the news about the devastation in Russia, about the lost lives and the fact, that Armenia’s Sargsyan sent condolences to Russia’s Medvedev.

No condolences for 7 soldiers

Seven Armenian soldiers died in two incidents last week, which highlighted serious problems, bullying and ill-treatment in the Armenian army.

Armenia’s president Sargsyan, the Commander in Chief of the Armenian Armed Forces, offered no condolences, no explanations, nothing.

State controlled TV companies, radio news networks, news agencies understood the hint and televised, broadcasted,¬†wired and printed president’s ‘nothing’.

Armenian people in all the distant corners of the country heard ‘nothing’ about the deaths of Lieutenant Artak Nazarian (Yerevan), Leutenant Vardges Tadevosian (Yerevan), privates Garegin Hovsepian (Echmiadzin), Andranik Sargsian (Yerevan), ¬†Robert Hovhannisian (Vanadzor), Artyom Manasian (Charentsavan), Karo Ayvazian (Yerevan).

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3 thoughts on “Armenian president’s selective condolences

  1. Interestingly enough, the Ministry of Defense, on their website, actually offers condolences (on July 30) to the families of the six who died last week (on July 28th), but not to the family of Artak Nazaryan.

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