ArmInfo. On the eve of June 7, a presentation of the new public organization "Union of Armenians of Russia" (UAR) was held in one of the central hotels of Moscow. About 400 Armenians gathered in the Marriot Grand Hotel, including businessmen, representatives of Armenian youth associations, cultural and art figures, and representatives of some Armenian media. Representatives of the Armenian Embassy in Russia were invited to the presentation.
Special guests of the event were the president of the construction holding "Rucog" - Ruben Grigoryan and the director of the Repat Armenia Fund Vardan Marashlyan, widely known in business circles.
Already in the foyer, the participants actively discussed the new initiative - some enthusiastically welcomed her, others - predicting her short life, wondered if the newly created structure was an alternative to the Union of Armenians of Russia. The initiators eloquently disprove such implicatures, urging compatriots to peace and harmony within the framework of a new organization. However, it is not out of place to emphasize that among the initiators of the new association of Armenians is the Armenian Museum of Moscow and the culture of nations, the founder of which is the special guest of the event Ruben Grigoryan.
According to the rumored rumors, it is the head of the "Rukog" who is the main sponsor of the new organization, which is created according to the same rumors as opposed to the Union of Armenians of Russia and the church, which also claims to be the main community of Moscow.
In memory, an unpleasant story is still fresh with the creation of an interactive museum on the territory of the Armenian Apostolic Church dedicated to the Armenian Genocide, which ended in irreconcilable hostility between Archbishop Ezras and Ruben Grigoryan.
Some of the participants recalled the recent business conflict of the head of the "Rukog" with the president of the Union of Armenians of Russia Ara Abrahamyan. The face of open struggle for the illusory opportunity to become a key structure in Moscow, representing the interests of the Armenian Diaspora. One way or another, in the struggle for power, each of these structures - the ATS, the church, and the UAR, most likely clearly understand the perimeter of their influence, beyond which is fraught with negative consequences for the Armenian community in Moscow.
The new association defined common goals and objectives, which are reduced to enhancing the image of Armenians, harmonizing interethnic relations, protecting the interests of the Armenian community of Russia, and so on. The founders were defined and with the principles - representativeness, transparency, non-engagement and commitment to the Armenian community. At the same time, the organization does not yet have clear and understandable mechanisms for solving vital problems for the Diaspora, mechanisms for interaction with Armenian associations in the regions of Russia, and there are no clear ideological guidelines. It remains to be hoped that the new organization will not share the sad fate of its predecessors, proudly dragging their own existence in the hope of being seen.
Without going into deep politics, however, we note that our state is compelled to balance today between two global players in an attempt to find a compromise solution that will allow Armenia to promote national interests in the world arena without being forcibly drawn by one of the parties. This perspective is also gloomy, as is the hope for the creation of a strong Diaspora in Russia. In any case, it is of fundamental importance that the Armenian community of Russia, while maintaining the maximum adherence to its roots, demonstrates unshakable loyalty to the Kremlin at the right moments. There is no alternative to this scheme today, as is the case with UAR, some inertness of which must be considered in the context of the same loyalty.
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