Young Diasporan investor prepared to “follow the law and take anyone to court”

Photo: Pedro Zarokian in his garden
Pedro Zarokian in his garden

I’ve read a very inspiring story today about a young Armenian, raised in the States from the age of 9, who has purchased 112 hectares of land in the village of Bagaran and is planning to battle his way through the hassle of living and working in Armenia.

Pedro Zarokian, 33, had visited Armenia before and knew the move wouldn’t be easy – that he would have to fight for certain things. Pedro came prepared to do just that.

He had to pay 20 visits to 4 different customs offices, send public protests to customs officials, Armenia’s migration agency and the Diaspora Ministry  to get his personal belongings to Armenia from the U.S. without paying a bribe. And he succeeded.

Now he is investing in the land he bought on the Armenian – Turkish border, where the young entrepreneur is planning to make a difference by introducing new farming methods and technologies.

Pedro also finds that working the land is calming and pleasurable, despite the difficulties involved. Pedro anticipates an income stream in 4-5 years.

“I am ready for any struggle. I follow the law and don’t pay bribes. I’ll take anyone to court, even government officials, who do anything illegal. I’ll resist whatever way I can. The more people play by the rules and demand justice from the courts, the entire judicial system will be forced to clean up its act,” Pedro says.

What a guy!!!

Read the full story and more great quotes here…

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15 thoughts on “Young Diasporan investor prepared to “follow the law and take anyone to court”

  1. Bravo,

    Now tell me, won’t you buy fruits from this guy once you see them on the shelf? I will do it with zero hesitation. It it will seem tastier, and it will feel lovelier, and it will worth every dram paid for it.

    1. judging (pun intended) how bad fruits are in USA I wouldn’t think his would be a lot better if not much worse

      1. Fruits in the USA are bad because Americans tend to not eat in season and therefore majority what Americans buy in the grocery store is exported.
        Pedro,an American, is not going to somehow grow bad fruit. Let’s stop the judgement towards an Armenian that is ACTUALLY doing good for the motherland.

        1. he asked if If I would buy fruits made by him and I said I don’t necessarily will… well, sorry for my opinion

      2. vahe jan, I still remember how tasty grapes were in Fresno, California… I have yet to find similarly tasty sorts of grapes here in Armenia

  2. He will leave the country i 5 years tops , broke or in a coffin. i feel sorry for the guy .

    1. @Pat, if you feel sorry for the guy, because you think he will leave the country broke or in coffin in 5 years, why don’t you write a letter to the guy and alarm him?

      Inform him about this unfortunate future, because as I can see you are the only one here who feels sorry for the guy.

      When I feel sorry for someone and see him in a coffin in 5 years I rush to let him know. Don’t lose a moment, do let him know, tomorrow might be late…

  3. ARMENIAN ACTIVISTS NOW! Take a look at this guy who believes in following the law (no bribes necessary) to do business, AND it works! Oh Yes, everyone will be doing this soon! (Pessimists need not comment; just sit back and watch the rule of law actually work in society’s favor.) Observer: Thanks for this inspirational and positive story, and PLEASE, update us on Pedro periodically!!! :) Robert

  4. As an Armenian living in the USA and judging by what I have heard about Armenia, I think this guy is very brave to do what he is doing. I also feel that he is asking for trouble, but I also believe that this is the way that the tired, soviet mentality of Armenia can change so that other Armenians can start moving to Armenia and doing the same things and making the country grow and expand our borders. In this sense he is a visionary who just might succeed in starting a trend to end corruption, whereby the victims can actively fight for their rights.

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