ArmInfo. Large "laundromats" operate in Artsakh, which today finance political processes, including the presidential elections expected next year. I am more than convinced in this, MP of the Artsakh parliament, leader of the National Revival party Hayk Khanumyan expressed such an opinion to ArmInfo.
"In particular, the party of the Artsakh former Prime Minister Arayik Harutyunyan" Free Homeland " has established funds of very dubious origin, through which it provides loans at low interest rates, sends citizens on rest to the Black Sea, organizes students' excursions to Yerevan, etc. Thus, the long-term strengthening of one or two parties at the expense of state resources continues. We see what these people are doing to preserve corruption mechanisms, "he said.
Nevertheless, despite the unequal conditions with the pro-government candidates, the Artsakh opposition, according to Khanumyan, also has a chance to win the upcoming elections, especially given the public demand for change. According to him, "National Revival" decided to nominate its own candidate in elections.
According to the parliamentarian, the former authorities of Armenia and Serzh Sargsyan in particular, still have considerable influence in Artsakh. Moreover, the team of incumbent President Bako Sahakyan today follows Sargsyan's orders, since it has always been a top-down appendage of the Armenian authorities. In this light, Khanumyan is convinced that not only Bako Sahakyan, but also Arayik Harutyunyan will continue to serve Serzh Sargsyan's interests in Artsakh.