Looking Beyond Emotions: Armenia Joins the Eurasian Union

Belarus- Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian signs an accession treaty with the Eurasian Economic Union, Minsk, 10Oct2014.

Belarus- Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian signs an accession treaty with the Eurasian Economic Union, Minsk, 10Oct2014.

It was hardly a surprise for an average Armenian to learn on Friday that the country’s President signed the agreement to join the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Here’s why: Russia’s president Vladimir Putin wanted us there and the Russian Tzar always has his way here in Armenia; our so called Public TV touted the benefits of joining the Russia-led block for a whole year; all the political analysts said it is the only way to save Karabakh; our relatives in Russia said it is great for sending money transfers and job prospects for them and the major opposition forces refused to speak against Moscow’s decision to pull us back into the USSR swamp.

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Tsarukian Signals Commitment to Putin’s Eurasian Union Plan

One of Armenia’s wealthiest businessman and leader of “Bargavach Hayastan” (Prosperous Armenia) party Gagik Tsarukian has backed the initiative of his party’s youth wing to hold the First Eurasian Youth Conference in the Armenian resort town of Tsakhadzor on August 22-27. Continue reading

Sargsian Takes Out The Big Guns

Armenia - President Serzh Sarkisian and his son-in-law Mikael Minasian.

Armenia - President Serzh Sarkisian and his son-in-law Mikael Minasian.

Armenia’s ruling Republican party seems the only political force that is taking the upcoming elections seriously, as President Serzh Sargsian makes some major reshuffles by replacing Yerevan’s Mayor Karen Karapetian, Chief of Police Alik Sargsian, Moving the NA Speaker Hovik Abrahamian to run his party’s election campaign and sends his most trusted person – Mikael Minasian (son-in-law) to supervise the runner of his party’s campaign. Continue reading