The statesmen and journalists discuss whether Serzh Sargsyan has Putin’s approval for his nomination for the second term. Normally, this discussion would indicate total degradation of the social and political life. However, in the case of Armenia this situation is something usual.
In fact, since the government institutions, the political, economic and other spheres of life have been usurped and shared by apolitical criminal and oligarchic groups, there is nothing to say about an independent state and effective state system. The activity of these groups has resulted in mass emigration, degradation of government institutions, loss of sovereignty and immunity.
These groups are deprived of internal legitimacy and need to strengthen their foothold. Now they are preparing to surrender the country to Russia by way of membership to the “Eurasian Union”.
Russia is the “roof of the Armenian criminal oligarchic system”. By bringing this system to government Moscow keeps Armenia under control, has misappropriated the important infrastructures and capacities, destroyed the political system, deprived the economy of diversification and opportunity for development, ensuring monopolies and receiving, as one of the pro-Russian Armenians said, two million hostages – Armenian migrant workers ensuring through the minimum income of the rest of the population of Armenia.
Russia has set to involve Armenia in the Eurasian Union which does not exist yet. Moscow has put to use forceful means of blackmail – the price of gas, the nuclear plant, the threat of war, Turkish danger, and so on. Most importantly, the criminal and oligarchic system and the subdued political parties which felt the danger of the “slight Western wind” and they will not retreat.
The “Eurasian choir” of Armenia has already set to work. The PAP youth will hold a forum in September. RPA’s Artashes Geghamyan publishes series of heartbreaking articles, the Congress which has become the doorkeeper of the PAP keeps mysterious silence after it announced to support Putin. No doubt other political opportunists will come out from the holes to join the choir. And a big hustle will start for Putin’s approval. The price will be loss of independence.
What will happen when Russia gets Armenia back? The developments of the early 20th century help to understand that membership with the Eurasian Union means loss of sovereignty, sheer Armenian population and territory, return of Karabakh to Azerbaijan and farewell to the opportunity of joining the civilized world. No doubt the majority of those who still stay in Armenia, deprived of hope and dreams, will not even resist to this prospect. Those who understand that the noise of the choir is too big will not resist either.