ArmInfo.The criminal case on the events of March 1, 2008 from the first day was outside the legal field. This was stated in an interview to the Hraparak newspaper by the second President of the Republic of Armenia Robert Kocharian, who was charged with attempting to overthrow the constitutional order at that time.
Meanwhile, according to Robert Kocharian, the prosecution itself is absurd and has nothing to do with both law and the events of March 1, 2008. "Add to this continuous violations of procedural rules, gross, undisguised pressure on the courts. Leaking a record of a shameful telephone conversation about my arrest, blocking the courts on the prime minister's call, criminal prosecution of Judge David Grigoryan, ignoring the decision of the Constitutional Court, the attack on the Constitutional Court and its subsequent the chairman, the absurd arrests of his godchildren and the blackmail of family members are just an incomplete list of obvious crimes by the authorities aimed at suppressing the entire justice system. We'll have to answer in the near future. A fabricated case cannot have a legal future. However, given the lawlessness, under the current authorities, the final outcome of the criminal case can be expected with the intervention of the ECHR, "said the ex-president.
He also emphasized that according to the latest Gallup polls, the population of Armenia is the most angry among 140 countries studied. "Even ahead of Iraq destroyed by the war. This is a direct merit of the authorities cultivating hatred and anger as an instrument of politics. In an embittered state, people are subject to manipulation and are ready to thwart their discontent with life on anyone, you just need to assign anti-heroes. Formula <spread out on asphalt and spread on the wall> talks about the intellectual wretchedness of its authors and the flawed psyche of jubilant "Pogos". This is a by-product of any "revolutionary" propaganda and is well studied by social psychology. It is foolish in irrational behavior dei look for logical cause-and-effect relations. In the year 98, a significant part of the population demanded that Ter-Petrosyan and the whole top of the ANM be planted. I then decided that we should build a future and not fight the past. Any president has political opponents who are capable of to set up their supporters for destructive emotions. However, such emotions ultimately turn against those who initiate them. A society where people rejoice in arrests cannot be constructive. I am ready for a healthy criticism of my presidency. The irony is that the charges, as a rule, have nothing to do with reality. What I can and should be criticized for is not mentioned at all.
We patiently explain to people the essence of what is happening. According to our estimates, the attitude of people is changing literally every day. The period of a sober rethinking and reassessment of what is happening has come, and the mediocrity of the authorities is the best stimulator of this process, "Robert Kocharian believes.
He also noted that the mass protests in April 2018 that led to the change of power were a "political tsunami", the wave of which washed away the country's usual political landscape. Such turbulent processes have great inertia, and society needed time to return to a rational state. The euphoria, and with it the wait-and-see attitude of politicians, has passed, and now there is an active formation of a new contour of the future political field. "The potential here is huge, since the intellectual resource of society is mainly concentrated outside the parliament, and political discourse is also being conducted there. The discussion at Vernatun showed a wide consensus on the inability of the authorities to govern the country and the need to form an effective opposition. A year ago, such a discussion would have been impossible. So, the stage of numbness and tactical expectation is over, the society enters the stage of active actions.The most active and energetic will take leading roles in the new political "There is a feeling that the parliamentary opposition has a similar assessment of the general situation, which was reflected in its activation," said the ex-president.
Answering a question about the weak reaction of Western structures to the events in Armenia, Robert Kocharian pointed out that European organizations traditionally slow and accelerated only in cases of torture and death threats due to health reasons. "In addition, they need time to understand that what happened in Armenia was a bloodless coup and does not have a democratic essence. I believe that we will soon hear Europeans as well, as the actions of the authorities cross all permissible boundaries. Russia has shown its attitude to what is happening many times and quite The judiciary is under gross pressure from the executive branch, judges first of all assess the degree of their vulnerability, and only make decisions based on this. This is not justice, but judges' assessment of personal lawsuits stained with corruption are the most obedient to the regime. Of course, there are judges who have retained dignity and professional honor, are ready to fight for their independence. Positive decisions on my issue were made by just such judges, despite the prosecutor's lawlessness, "said the ex-president.
He added that the previous construction of the human rights community of Armenia turned out to be fake and completely collapsed. "In fact, it was created and financed to serve opposition forces of a certain orientation. Only a couple of human rights defenders remained loyal to vocation. Today, a new community is formed of people who are sincerely devoted to human rights activities, able to rise above their political passions. By the way, their intellectual and moral level is not comparable with level of primitive and lazy grant-eaters, "Robert Kocharian emphasized.
He also sharply criticized the foreign policy of the country's authorities. "Pashinyan's slogan that a solution should satisfy all parties to the conflict is an empty, nonsense phrase, a banal formula of an intermediary. This is direct evidence of Armenia's lack of an action plan. The last round of negotiations in Bratislava with the events accompanying it showed the complete bankruptcy of the negotiation strategy of our authorities, if one exists at all. Artsakh must take the initiative into its own hands and clearly state its position on the main elements of the settlement. This is the only way to avoid irreparable consequences At the same time, Artsakh is obliged to adhere to the Declaration of Independence and its Constitution, without fear of disagreements with the Armenian authorities.The absence of the stated successor from the authorities led to excessive fragmentation of the political field.There have never been such a number of presidential candidates representing different segments of the Karabakh elite. not a sign of democracy, but a manifestation of disunity, which is a challenge to the security of Karabakh. The border of democracy in Artsakh should be determined by its security, and not vice versa. Involving outside-funded non-governmental organizations in elections raises questions. Such organizations and pacifist religious sects in Artsakh should not exist at all. What is happening is much more dangerous than military incidents on the contact line, as the values that we won are eroded. I would like to make a mistake, but it seems to me that this is a scenario imposed on Karabakh and it is being implemented with the participation of the Armenian authorities. It is unacceptable in Karabakh to have a sneak president playing along with someone's whims, including the prime minister of Armenia. Such qualities are inherent in wretched and weak personalities, and such "leadership" can have disastrous consequences for Artsakh. They need war-hardened brave leaders. I hope the choice of the Karabakh people will be just that, "the second president of Armenia emphasized.
According to his forecasts, power, the legitimacy of which is tied to one person, cannot be stable, regardless of the number of deputy mandates. "The inability to rule the country, the lack of systematic work has launched an active delegitimization of the authorities. The prime minister has practically no fanatical supporters. The lack of a clear focus on economic and social policies does not form support for social groups of the beneficiaries of this policy. There is a conflict of two accelerating multidirectional processes. On the one hand, society's adequacy is restored after intoxicating euphoria. On the other hand, the sovereign prime minister who imagines himself loses his adequacy Jesus Christ. This multiplies the rate of decline in its popularity, and allows you to be sure that it will end in early elections. Moreover, the likelihood that this will happen next year is very high and depends on the decisiveness of the opposition and its ability to combine efforts, "Robert Kocharian concluded .
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