Twin Inaugurations

April 9 turned into a strange day with both officially reelected President Serzh Sarkissian and his opposition challanger Raffi Hovannisian swearing in as presidents of Armenia.
The settings were rather different, as you can see from these two videos below:

The day turned a little scary when a couple of dozen opposition supporters taken to the police and the nose of a key oppositionist, Armen Martirosyan’s, was smashed into a bleeding condition in an incident with the police. The rumors about the murder of a young man, which later turned out to be unrelated and news about Raffi Hovannisian losing consciousness amid clashes with the police exacerbated the situation.

In the end, however, the day ended rather peacefully.

Artur Papyan

Journalist, blogger, digital security and media consultant


  1. […] lately. Then a bunch of other stuff happened throughout the day and night. Here is a synopsis and here and here and here. I can’t really put a finger on the pulse. It’s never been my forté […]

  2. Well, we all know when the system changes to democracy, where the mass layoffs need to be implemented. These red berets and the police can only do one thing, that is, abuse unarmed civilians. You can’t even send them to protect the borders, they useless for any positive thing.
    I still would like to know if it was these red berets who were the snipers killing people on March 1. I wish so much these crimes were brought to light.

Comments are closed.