ArmInfo. Now the residents of Armenia have to choose among those politicians who cause the least rejection in them. This was stated in an interview with RBC by a well-known Russian entrepreneur and philanthropist, one of the founders of the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management Ruben Vardanyan.
<This is a very dangerous moment when you choose not on a positive agenda, but because if only there was no one or the other. Now I do not want to give an assessment, because it is Armenia's internal affairs - to choose leaders for oneself. But the question is that the alternative should be one that people should feel and see that there are not only one and the other, ”Vardanyan said. In this vein, he expressed the hope that the conflict between the head of government and his opponents will not lead to casualties. In an interview with RBC, the Russian businessman also noted that in Armenia they talk about the past all the time, without discussing the country's future. “There is an option that we can become a very quiet, not very active place, where 1.5-2 million people will remain, where the same $ 2 billion in aid will be sent from the Diaspora. People will live better because fewer people will have more money coming in because more people have left. It will be such, I would say, a country similar to Abkhazia, ”Vardanyan suggested. The businessman called this scenario "absolutely realistic", since, according to his data, 200 thousand people intend to leave Armenia this year, and another 200-300 thousand are thinking about it.
He noted that the population of the Republic is now slightly less than 3 million people. <These people vote with their feet. They do not believe that they themselves or their children will achieve success in this country, ”he said. According to Vardanyan, in this scenario, passive people will remain in the country who will live badly, but in general will be satisfied with everything. As the businessman noted, you quickly get used to help from abroad: “It's like a drug. As imputed income, only here it is not the state that gives you, but your relatives>.
At the same time, according to Vardanyan, another scenario is still possible, in which Armenia will become a unique successful example of interaction between the state and society. However, in this case, according to the businessman, a more active participation of the Diaspora in the life of the country is necessary.
“Not just from Moscow, from St. Petersburg, from Paris or from Los Angeles to criticize and say how bad it is here. Or send a small amount of money and feel that their conscience is clear. Are they ready to get up, come? Moreover, to come not as ministers, but to come to the village, ”Vardanyan asked. He noted that we are talking about hundreds of thousands of people. “We are not talking about several dozen top managers who will come to Armenia and make it a paradise. This is a change in the whole model of the fact that, "guys, we will figure it out here ourselves, and you sometimes come to us, look at Mount Ararat, cry, eat barbecue and go back," Vardanyan expressed his confidence.