ArmInfo. After the "velvet revolution" before the team of Nikol Pashinyan there was a choice either to coexist with elements of the old system, either immediately or gradually to break it.
ArmInfo was expressed by Sergey Markedonov, leading researcher at the Center for Euro-Atlantic Security at the Institute of International Studies at MGIMO."Even then, a year ago, Pashinyan chose to gradually break the entire system. First, the Yerevan mayor's office was taken, then the National Assembly, which led to a complete reformatting of the political landscape of the country. By the way, as now, the Prime Minister held early parliamentary elections expressed on the streets, the activity of citizens of the country. And now it is the turn of the judiciary. I do not exclude that the decision on the judicial branch could be made much later, in a much more relaxed atmosphere. If it had not been for Kocharyan's a "which prompted the demolition of the judiciary in Armenia," the analyst said.On May 20, the Armenian Prime Minister voiced the need for "surgical intervention" in the judicial system, stipulating this by the distrust of the Armenian public regarding the courts.
Pashinyan stressed the need to subject Armenian judges to venting and introduce transitional justice mechanisms in the country.On the same day, his conscripts blocked the buildings of the courts throughout Armenia, after which Pashinyan demanded that the judges, "passing verdicts violating the rights of citizens", resign.According to Markedonov, dissatisfaction of citizens with the judicial system inherited by the country from the previous government is far from news. And public support, coupled with a significant administrative resource, completely allow the current prime minister to finally satisfy this dissatisfaction through the second phase of the velvet revolution. In this sense, the decision of the court on the release of ex-President Robert Kocharian on bail of the current and former leaders of Artsakh, adopted recently, became a natural catalyst for this process.According to Markedonov, the public request for a fair and objective investigation of all the circumstances of the tragedy of March 1, 2008 is obvious. It is also obvious that the authorities are ready to satisfy this request, willingness to settle with the past, claiming to build a new Armenia. In this light, according to his forecasts, making concessions in relation to Kocharyan will mean for Pashinyan a loss of face.According to analyst estimates, very complex systemic reforms are not capable of bringing quick dividends.
Struggle with the legacy of the past, which stands in the way of building a new Armenia, can bring them. And the Kocharyan Case says that the new authorities of Armenia have already decided on the main cause of the past and present problems of the country. In Markedonov's opinion, in the situation around the ex- president, the authorities, first of all, excited the possibility of the judges to act as autonomous decision- making centers. And the very possibility of sentencing in spite of the formation of a new Armenia, as it is represented today in Yerevan, creates political problems in any case.