Serzh Sargsyan attended the board meeting of the Police to send a message to his present and already former friends. His statement that there are no people that cannot be punished and all the crimes will be punished is not meant for us the mortals who already know they will not get away with anything but very specific persons, in this case MP Nahapet Gevorgyan and Gyumri Mayor Vardan Ghukasyan.
These two odious politicians with a criminal mantle already hinder Sargsyan more than help him. This is a time when friendship with a criminal is not a sign of strength but harms the reputation of the president. And Serzh Sargsyan understands that with such “friends” it will be tough to be reelected, and now he uses every convenient opportunity to clear his team of odious personalities.
The first is Ruben Hairapetyan who resigned from parliament and the number of odious oligarchs in Sargsyan’s parliamentary team dropped by one. The second is the mayor of Gyumri Vardan Ghukasyan whose “criminal” content is already Armenian classicism. However, his behavior harms Serzh Sargsyan more than the mayor, so he decided to kill two birds with one stone and improve his relations with the PAP “giving” them the second city of Armenia.
The next may be Nahapet Gevorgyan and though Galust Sahakyan announced that he will not resign from parliament, it is not final yet. After the incident in the Harsnakar Restaurant the RPA denied Ruben Hairapetyan would resign.
However, in order to prove exclusion of impunity Serzh Sargsyan will need to evoke old stories. The most painful of them is 1 March 2008 which seems to be kept for a rainy day. There is an opinion that Serzh Sargsyan can use March 1 as a tool against his opponent, and in this context some experts view the sudden interest in the case of Vano Siradeghyan, the fugitive ex-minister of interior who was accused of serious crimes.
They may even evoke the murder committed by Robert Kocharyan’s bodyguard and other cases to prove end of impunity.
How will the mayoral election end? Vardan Ghukasyan or rather his son does not surrender. He has already announced that nobody can prevent his father from being nominated. Perhaps the police will wait until Spartak Ghukasyan commits a fatal mistake to attend to this issue.