Apathy about Politics in Armenia

Armenia -- President Serzh Sargsyan, Yerevan, December 2012 | Photo from President's official website www.president.am

Armenia — President Serzh Sargsyan, Yerevan, December 2012 | Photo from President’s official website http://www.president.am

The presidential elections are to be held in Armenia on February 18. President Serzh Sarkissian’s reelection seems to be simply a matter of technicality. Apathy reigns among voters and politicians alike.
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Former President Kocharian’s Family Sues Newspaper For Libel

Armenia -- Former President Robert Kocharian with his wife and children.

Armenia -- Former President Robert Kocharian with his wife and children.

Armenia’s former President Robert Kocharian and his family have filed a libel suit against a pro-opposition newspaper “Zhamanak” over series of reports published in September, claiming ex-president is involved in large-scale imports of pharmaceuticals and medication trade via a large chain of drug-stores. Citing an unnamed source, “Zhamanak” daily also alleged that Kocharian’s older son Sedrak has purchased a diamond mine in India. Continue reading

Armenian Debacle

This Washington Post editorial appeared in the wake of the fraudulent presidential election that was held in Armenia 14 years ago today and proved fatal for the country’s post-Soviet history. Sadly, the piece remains timely to this day and can be “adopted” to the dramatic events of February-March 2008 in Yerevan with amazing ease. All you have to do is just to change the dates and a couple of names. Continue reading