Caucasus Reality 14 january — 08:57

New Anti-Russian protests in Armenia



On January 12, a protest took place in the Armenian city of Gyumri, formally caused by the fourth anniversary of the murder of the Avetisyan family of seven people, including a two-year-old girl and a 6-month-old baby. The crime was committed by a Russian soldier, Valery Permyakov, who is serving a sentence in Russia.

On January 12, there was also the fortieth day passing since a Gyumri woman had been killed on December 3, 2018. And the soldier of the Russian military base in Gyumri is again suspected of killing a 57-year-old cleaning woman. He, according to the Yerevan edition of Panorama, has not been transferred to an Armenian prison, which the Armenian public really wants.

Valery Permyakov

But even more in Armenia they talk about the withdrawal of the Russian military base from Gyumri. And actions with similar slogans are held regularly.

The behaviour of the Russian military was called 'uncontrollable and criminal,' and the 102nd Russian base not a guarantor of security, but a threatening, terrorist factor for the local civilian population.

'The Armenian people were inspired by the stereotype that Armenia cannot exist without Russia,' head of the Armenian Press Club Narine Mkrtchyan noted on this occasion.

'The issue of establishing worthy interstate relations with Russia has never been on the agenda of the Armenian authorities, vassal dependence is perceived as an indisputable fact. Armenia always puts the interests of Russia above its own interests, voting in international instances on a particular issue, which is why our positions become vulnerable.' Some time ago, Mkrtchyan made such a statement to the correspondent of the 'Caucasian Knot' website.

However Armenian analyst Sargis Artsruni in general called incidents related to the Russian military in Gyumri the 'bloody handwriting of the empire.'

'Moscow has proved that a serviceman-killer is much more dear for it than the Armenian-Russian relations,' he said.

In his analytical calculations, Sargis Artsruni reached the point where he accused Russia of defeating Armenia during the four-day battle in April 2016: '...The weapons supplied by Russia shed the blood of more than a hundred young Armenians.'

In turn, the founder and head of the Asparez Journalist Club, a member of the Council of Elders of Gyumri, Levon Barseghyan, said in an interview with the First Informational website that the 102nd Russian military base should be taken under double control.

He suggested that all the barracks at the military base be under special control. It is necessary to 'build fences, lay barbed wire, install special protective measures, construct engineering structures, as well as introduce a video surveillance system.'

In turn, co-Chair of the European Party of Armenia Tigran Khzmalyan told A1+ TV channel that the Armenian side set a goal not only to withdraw the Russian military base from Armenia, but also to resolve the issue of the decolonisation of Armenia, and this will be possible only by cancelling the Moscow Treaty of March 16, 1921.

Tigran Khzmalyan

Pro-Armenian Moscow analysts are trying to cool 'hot Armenian heads.' For example, Vladimir Yevseev, Deputy Director of the Institute of CIS Countries, in an interview with MK, said addressing Yerevan that the Russian military base in Armenia is a deterrent to Turkish ambitions. 'The base shields Armenia from Turkey,' he said.

But the same Levon Barseghyan calls for shooting the Russian military. On his Facebook page, according to the Warelg edition, he made an appeal to establish round-the-clock watch around the Russian military base stationed in Gyumri, and with hunting rifles too.

Talk about the need to eliminate the Russian military base in Armenia raises questions from Russian experts. Thus, the deputy director of the Russian Centre for Political and Military Analysis, military expert Alexander Khramchikhin, directly stated to the Armenian media: 'Armenia exists only because there is a Russian military base on its territory. It is so obvious, that for me it is strange that there are any questions about this.'

But what is most remarkable, when the discussion began in Russia about whether to withdraw the military base from Armenia (and the well-known pro-Armenian Russian expert Modest Kolerov was one of the first to talk about it - Ed), in Armenia they were alarmed: How so? Are Russians really withdrawing the base from Armenia?

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