New Western led Opposition Slogan in Armenia: "Russia wants Armenia without Armenians!" - October, 2011

One of Washington's newest psychological warfare campaign has many Armenians in the diaspora and in the republic's so-called "opposition" claiming that Russia is seeking to depopulate Armenia through an employment program that is cleverly luring Armenians out of Armenia en-mass! And emotionally disturbed political illiterates such as war hero Jirayr Sefilian of the radical Sardarapat movement and Washington funded propaganda outlets disguised as news media in Armenia have once again taken-up their now standard slogan - "Russia wants Armenia without Armenians!"

The political intentions of these individuals and organizations are as obvious as they are destructive. Jirayr Sefilian is an interesting character, to say the least. Before I go on about the main topic of discussion here, I'd like to say a few words about Sefilian. Jirayr Sefilian repatriated to Armenia from Lebanon during the early stages of the liberation war in Artsakh, where he eventually became a war hero. Sadly, this brave war hero has now become a political psychopath. Several years ago it was reported that Sefilian was involved in a conspiracy to assassinate Armenian officials over contentious political issues regarding Artsakh. The conspirators were supposedly concerned about land concessions Armenian officials were presumably thinking about.

So, here we had Sefilian threatening Armenian officials based on political gossip derived from assumptions. Sefilian's gang was in essence threatening officials that had not only held onto every square inch of liberated Artsakh but had also liberated additional territories in recent years. And that's not the worst part of their act. They were also supporting Levon Petrosian, a political whore and a criminal that to this day has been publicly stating he would be more than willing to pull-back from liberated territories in Artsakh. Despite the very positive reality we see on the ground in Artsakh today, Sefilian and gang were ready to use violence against Armenian officials simply because Yerevan was seen giving the international community some diplomatic lip-service during negotiations from time-to-time. Sefilian and gang were ready to undermine the Armenian state because they were political illiterates.

Amazing, no?! Well, this is what I mean when I say Armenians and politics simply don't mix.

Is Sefilian a nationalist and a war hero? Yes, he is. Is Sefilian an unwavering champion of Artsakh? Perhaps. But Sefilian is also a political illiterate and a psychopath. Being a good soldier has nothing to do with being a good politician or a political analyst. In normal nations soldiers don't get into the business of politics. But as noted, organizing a hit-team was the not the worst part of Sefilian's story. Soon after our brave diasporan war hero got arrested for conspiracy against the state and illegal arms possession, he shamelessly began supporting Levon Petrosian, a treasonous criminal that had more-or-less raped Armenia during the 1990s and to this day continues talking about pulling back from certain parts of Artsakh. Instead of conspiring to assassinate an aspiring traitor and a criminal like Levon Petrosian, these "war heroes" were instead conspiring to kill those who not only have stubbornly defended every square inch of Artsakh's territory but have also increased its size in recent years.

War hero or no war hero, as far as I'm concerned Sefilian is a political psychopath and a self-destructive peasant. Sefilian has absolutely no place anywhere in Armenian politics. His rightful place is either back in the slums of Burjhamud or on the front-lines in Artsakh. What's interesting here is that a dangerous character like Jirayr Sefilian in a nation like the United States would have disappeared from the face of this earth a very long time ago. In fact, it's amazing how loosely, if not haphazardly, Armenia is being run these days. I may anger many reading this but I strongly believe there is currently too much political and press freedoms in Armenia. There are too many political freedoms for a nation who's troublesome population does not yet understand that "freedom" is not about one's right to commit national suicide. Anyway, the following is a sampling of Sefilian acting silly over other matters -

Armenian people should oust current authorities by all means, activist says:http://www.panarmenian.net/eng/politics/news/65679/


Getting back to the "Russia is depopulating Armenia" fantasy. A little background to the story.
It is well known that Russia today has serious demographic problems. Its population has been shrinking in recent years. Russia today also has an immense surplus of cash as well as great business opportunities across its vast, rich, underdeveloped and underpopulated territory. Russia's eastern regions are essentially like America's west a hundred years ago but without the lawlessness and them pesky American natives. Simply put, many regions across the Russian Federation are ripe for economic development and growth. Many people, especially Armenians, are finding that Russia is in fact an undermanned goldmine and a haven for making money. Realizing all this, Russian officials want to encourage the settlement of these regions by Russian speaking populations from former Soviet republics. As a result, Russian officials have setup a government funded employment agency called The Russian Federal Migration Service to attract such workers. Such an employment office exists in Armenia as well as other former Soviet republics.

The point here is that there is no government "conspiracy to depopulate Armenia" as some Armenians like to present the matter. Such fantasies exist only in minds of Armenian Russophobes.
It is interesting to note here that officials at the employment center in question did not publicly advertise its operations in Armenia for the very fear of having too many applicants, that is until Western propaganda operations in Armenia such as Radio Liberty, Lragir, Hetq and ArmeniaNow and nationalist imbeciles at the Sardarapat movement and Paruyr Hayrikian's AIM party decided to advertise it for them.

Nevertheless, Armenia's so-called "opposition" in Armenia is grossly exaggerating the matter. In fact, as it was recently revealed, only about fifteen hundred Armenians have left Armenia for Russia under the dreaded program in question during the past four years! Do our Russophobic idiots keep track of the number of Armenians that have gotten green-cards to come to America?!
Washington provides Armenians in Armenia with the highest number of permanent residency cards (aka. green-cards) in the region. 1200 individuals are said to have "won" the opportunity to move to the United States just in 2011. Washington has been encouraging Armenia's best and brightest to move to the US throughout the past twenty somewhat years, yet not a single one of those who are currently fear-mongering about the Russian employment center have raised any objections about Washington's actions.

Instead of quietly taking up this matter with high level officials in Yerevan and Moscow, as truly concerned Armenians would have done, these people (who obviously have things on their minds other than simply what's best for their homeland) are using this situation towards self-serving political purposes and in doing so they are encouraging Washington's anti-Russian agenda in the republic. The purpose of Washington's "great game" in the region has been to oust Russia from Armenia and from the Caucasus. And all this fear-mongering and the dissemination of anti-Russian propaganda throughout Armenia and the diaspora actually serves to undermine Armenia's statehood in the Caucasus and it also encourages Armenia's already hopeless citizens to leave for the west.

I personally think centers such as this Russian employment office in Armenia needs to be closely regulated by government officials. The program in question, however, is much less dangerous to Armenia than the granting of thousands of American visas or green-cards to Armenians. In fact, Yerevan needs to closely monitor the operations of one of the largest US embassies in the world. In final analysis, as the positive impact Armenians of Russia have had on Armenia clearly reveals, having a strong Russian-Armenian community is much-much more desirable than having a large American-Armenian community.
As I have point out in many previous occasions, the American-Armenian community today is actually a liability for the Armenian state.

We seriously need to consider yet another important factor in all this. In this time of great political tensions and economic hardships in the world, despite the best efforts of its officials, Armenia will continue to have large numbers of unemployed and underemployed citizens. We have seen throughout history that unemployed people become cannon-fodder for foreign interests. Instead of allowing Armenia's disgruntled masses to be used by Washington's operatives against the Armenian state, similar to what they have been doing throughout the Middle East, Eastern Europe, South America, Central Asia and North Africa, it is better, from an Armenian official perspective, to allow the departure of a predetermined number of potentially troublesome people. And it is better, in my opinion, to allow these people to go to Russia, where they will at least be close to their homeland and also be in a position to perhaps one day play an integral role in the Russian Federation.

Since I don't see the global economic situation improving anytime soon, since I do not see an influx of massive economic aid being poured into Armenia anytime soon, since I do not see the Caucasus transforming itself into a land of milk and honey anytime soon, since I don't see Armenia's primitive/Asiatic sociopolitical culture evolving into something that will help facilitate Armenia's development anytime soon... I realize that Armenia will remain economically stressed for the foreseeable future. As a result, I firmly believe it is better to lessen the stress somewhat by shedding some of the population that the state, simply put, will not be able to feed under current circumstances. I say this with a heavy heart because I realize that Armenia's population is already alarmingly small. But reality is a bitch. Armenia's sociopolitical problems need to be dealt with in a rational manner.

We must realize that proper nation building is a slow and arduous process and it requires many generations as well as peace and stability to acquire. Even if Armenia's dreaded monopolists and so-called oligarchs today turned into innocent angels overnight - Armenia would still continue having severe economic problems simply due to its geographic location, its blockade and the nature of its neighbors. So, let's not fool ourselves into thinking that if we do this or that, Armenia will all of a sudden blossom. It simply doesn't work that way on earth. And this is where our mentally challenged brethren in the United States get it wrong every time. The thing to remember here is that Armenia is not the diaspora's test-tube nor is it the fairytale land the diaspora has been conditioned to think of it as. Armenia is a real nation with real problem. Unfortunately, some Armenian minds these days don't seem to be earthbound.

It also needs to be mentioned that despite many obstacles and against all odds, both foreign and domestic, Armenia is slowly yet genuinely progressing/developing. Nevertheless, Armenia is progressing today not because of the "democratic" West but actually in-spite of it.

Let's please stop worrying so much about Russia or Russians.
I don't know if any one of you has noticed but Bolsheviks aren't around anymore and Yeltsin's spirit has long been exorcised from the Kremlin. Let's please clear our heads and start instead worrying about Armenia's infestation with the English language (the catalyst upon which Western propaganda and its modern form of Bolshevism, Globalism, travels upon) and Western funded subversive individuals and organizations. Let's also worrying about the high numbers of American visas and permanent residency cards being provided to citizens of Armenia.

With the help of Armenia's self-destructive peasantry and an army of willing activists in the diaspora, the Western alliance has been attempting to disrupt the forward progress of Armenia. Alarmingly, the decades long psychological warfare campaign against all things Russian has been so powerful and so thorough that a significant portion of Armenians today look at Russia, an entity that allows their homeland to survive the ravages of the Caucasus and what they see is an enemy, and they look at the political West, an entity that essentially wants the destruction of Armenia and what they see is a friend.

I know the political agenda of the political West well enough to seriously fear for a vulnerable nation like Armenia. The overall situation at hand is very troubling for me and this is essentially the psychological and emotional reasoning behind why I spend my personal time maintaining this blog. Armenia is constantly being bombarded by anti-Russian propaganda and fear-mongering. This is being commissioned by Western political interests and it is shamelessly being carried out by fools and traitors in Armenia and in the diaspora. Their short-term intent is to drive a wedge between Russia and Armenia and their ultimate/long-term intention is to drive Russians out of the strategic Caucasus.

With Russia out of Armenia, Yerevan will simply become a pathetic servant of the Anglo-American-Zionist alliance and their regional Turkish and Islamic friends. With Russia out of the Caucasus, the region essentially becomes a playground for Turks, Islamists and multi-national corporations seeking energy exploitation. Wake up Armenians! Russia is not the enemy. Russia is in fact a historic opportunity for the fledgling and embattled Armenian homeland in the Caucasus. Armenians need to learn how to properly tap into this opportunity. Russia is not seeking to depopulate Armenia. Moscow in fact wants an Armenia that is well-populated and friendly.

Arevordi

October, 2011

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Russia Baits the Hook: Armenians Leave for the “Promised Land”

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Recently, while riding in a city bus, the following conversation of two boys caught my ear.

Ara, don't you get it? They're giving out Russian citizenship for nothing. What are you waiting for? I've already got my documents together. Let's get the heck out of this forsaken country together.

The conversation caught the attention of the others in the bus as well, about 15 passengers. At once, they all started to drill the one boy with the question – will you tell us where to go?

You'd think they were talking about how to get to paradise or something, but it was just Russia's Migration Agency here in Armenia. I decided to check out the office as well. Customer service was top-notch; office staff were courteous and attentive. Staffers at the office, located at 72 Manoushyan Street, take the time to listen to all applicants, reassuring them that by going to Russia a bright future awaits them. To find out more, I sat in at one of the migration agencies seminars. I soon realized that the office needed no additional advertising. The person conducting the seminar confessed the same.

"We run no ads. People find out about us through word of mouth; via friends and family," he said, noting the example of the bus encounter. Nevertheless, I still asked why they didn't advertise "There'd be no one left in Armenia if we advertised," he answered, adding that most come voluntarily. "We do not force anyone to go. Those who do link their bright future only with a powerful country like Russia," said the seminar guy.

Participating in the program are 30 border districts in Russia and a number of selected cities in each. Those making the move are allowed to take their family and possessions with them, even the car, to the Russian city where they will work. Their travel costs are paid and housing awaits them on the other end. Those relocating can also obtain permanent citizenship, employment, legal and health services and a nice sum of money. What else does one need to maintain a family? I asked myself if the government of Armenia would ever be able to launch a similar campaign to attract Armenians overseas back home.

While at the office, I found out that some 50-60 Armenian citizens apply daily. They all have one aim in mind – to leave Armenia. If, as it says on the agency flyers, such a program is of vital strategic importance for Russia, populating its border regions with professionally prepared Armenians, then the natural question arises, what exactly is the benefit for Armenia? Why does official Yerevan allow such a government sponsored program to operate here?

Those leaving Armenia mince no words when they explain why – it's for their children's future. The only concern is making ends meet. Living ion an alien land, with all the unforeseen dangers this entails, is of no consequence to them. A new twist to the program has been unearthed. If those leaving for Russia are granted even temporary residence, they are pressured to renounce their Armenian citizenship. Thus, it's safe to say that those leaving will never return.

Russia is investing huge sums to attract and keep the new "arrivals". Naturally, these Armenians won't be allowed to leave Russia; at least until they pay-back the funds invested in them by Moscow. The bigger the family, the bigger the relocation sum received by each. Sadly, the prospects that any will return to the motherland grow slimmer in proportion.

Source: http://hetq.am/eng/articles/31

Some 626 Armenian families move to Russia for permanent residence in four years

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Gagik Yeganian, chief of Armenian Migration Agency, an affiliation of Territorial Administration Ministry, said today a total of 626 Armenian families (1,508 people) have moved to Russia for permanent residence as part of a Russian government program designed to encourage citizens of former Soviet republics to settle n Russia’s thinly-populated areas. Speaking to journalists, Yeganian said the program was approved by Russian president in 2006 and its implementation is Russia’s sovereign right.

According to Armenian media stories, 30 border districts in Russia and a number of selected cities in each are involved in this program. Those who decide to move to Russia are allowed to take their family and possessions with them. Their travel costs are paid and housing is said to await them on the other end. Those relocating can also obtain permanent citizenship, employment, legal and health services and a nice sum of money.

According to Gagik Yeganian, some 13,600 Armenians applied to an office of Russian Migration Agency in Armenia to get information about this program in 2007-2010 and another 12,400 people in the following seven months, but only 626 Armenian families decided to relocate to Russia. Russia's population peaked in the early 1990s (at the time of the end of the Soviet Union) with about 148 million people in the country. Today, Russia's population is approximately 143 million.

Source: http://www.arka.am/eng/society/2011/05/23/25973.html

Armenian migration service chief blames media for “advertising” Russian naturalization program

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Head of Armenia’s State Migration Service Gagik Yeganyan has denied media reports claiming that emigration from Armenia is taking place at a rate of 70,000 people a year, at the same time pointing out media’s negative role in what he described as “advertising” a program of the Russian Federation offering naturalization to citizens in former Soviet republics.

At a news conference in Yerevan on Monday, Yeganyan said that in 2008 the negative balance of migration made 23,059 citizens, in 2009 – 24,978, and in 2010 – 29,860. These figures contradict a number of newspaper and online media reports claiming that up to 70,000 people emigrate from Armenia every year, based on the perception of the negative balance of incoming and outgoing citizens. “In these conditions, it is impossible to speak of mass emigration,” the State Migration Service head stressed, according to the Mediamax news agency.

Yeganyan also noted the negative role of the media in “advertising” the “Relocation of Compatriots” program being implemented by the Russian government. According to him, in legal terms, the authorities of Armenia cannot oppose the implementation of the given program. “In four years, 26,000 citizens of Armenia turned to the Embassy of Russia in Armenia within the framework of this program, and only 2,919 of them expressed a wish to participate in the project and filled in the documents, and the status of a migrant was granted to 822 citizens. As a result, 622 families, or 1,508 people, moved to Russia,” Yeganyan said, as quoted by the news agency.

He urged the media to get familiar with the conditions of the program and present the public with balanced and reliable information in order “not to cause interest of the citizens to the program and avoid forming queues at the Embassy.”

Source: http://armenianow.com/social/29861/armenia_migration_population

Armenia Concerned About Russian Migration Scheme

Though he disputed the figures, Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian admitted that a lack of economic opportunities and the resulting emigration remained a serious  problem in Armenia.

Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian says Russian authorities have been told to stop encouraging and helping families in Armenia to migrate to Russia, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports. Sarkisian was referring on July 22 to the Russian government's Compatriots program, which offers employment, accommodation, and financial benefits to married residents of other former Soviet republics willing to settle in Russia. It is designed to address the country's serious demographic problems.

The Russian Federal Migration Service (FSM) began operating the program in Armenia in 2009 and has reportedly attracted hundreds of Armenian families since then. Its activities are sparking a growing uproar from local opposition politicians, public figures, and media worried about the continuing outflow of people from Armenia. Some of them have demanded that the authorities in Yerevan ban the FSM scheme in Armenia.

Sarkisian said Armenian authorities shared those concerns. He said President Serzh Sarkisian (no relation) instructed him to raise the matter at a recent meeting of a Russian-Armenian intergovernmental commission on bilateral cooperation that was held in the southern Russian city of Rostov-na-Donu. "We brought our Russian partners' attention to the fact that that program must not be implemented in the Republic of Armenia with those standards," Tigran Sarkisian said. "This issue will be the subject of intergovernmental discussions."

"We have to solve this issue at the political level," he told a group of prominent Armenian writers, academics, and other intellectuals at a meeting held in Oshakan, a historic village in the central Aragatsotn province.

Some of those intellectuals signed an open letter to the government earlier this month urging it to do more to keep Armenians from leaving their country mainly for economic reasons. They echoed opposition claims that the scale of the emigration had increased of late. President Sarkisian disputed those claims this week at a special meeting with top state officials -- including the prime minister -- that discussed the issue. He said most of the tens of thousands of people leaving the country each year, mainly for Russia, were seasonal workers who eventually return home.

Serzh Sarkisian admitted at the same that a lack of economic opportunities and the resulting emigration remained a serious problem in Armenia. He instructed government bodies to propose more measures to tackle it. Armenia had about 4 million residents when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. At least one-quarter of its population has since emigrated in search of employment abroad.

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/armenia_concerned_at_russian_migration_scheme/24275315.html

Envoy Defends Russian Migration Scheme

Armenia -- Russia's Ambassadror to Armenia Vyacheslav Kovalenko addresses the press in Gyumri, 01Sep2011

The Russian ambassador to Armenia, Vyacheslav Kovalenko, dismissed on Thursday a public outcry against a government program encouraging and helping Armenians to migrate to Russia. “Who is forcing Armenians to leave this country against their will?” he said during a visit to Gyumri. “Why are they leaving their country? If they live well in their country, why would they go elsewhere?” “People go [to Russian] at their own initiative,” Kovalenko told journalists.

The diplomat referred to the Russian government’s Compatriots program that offers employment, accommodation and financial benefits to married residents of former Soviet republics willing to settle in Russia. It is designed to address the country’s serious demographic problems.

Russia’s Federal Migration Service (FMS) began operating the program in Armenia in 2009 and has reportedly attracted hundreds of Armenian families since then. The program has sparking an uproar from local opposition politicians, public figures and media worried about the continuing outflow of people from the country. Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian said in July that his government shares their concerns. He revealed that it has told Moscow to halt the scheme’s implementation in Armenia.

The opposition youth movement Hima (Now) dismissed these assurances, saying that the government should simply order the FMS to close its offices in Yerevan and several Armenian regions. “There are people who want to accumulate political capital,” said Kovalenko. “They are wrong to do that. Everything will be fine.” Kovalenko claimed that most of the Armenian migrants work in Russian to support their relatives in Armenia and will eventually return home.

Source: http://www.azatutyun.am/content/article/24315201.html

Armenia First in Region in Winning US Green Cards

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A total of 1,200 entrants from Armenia have won US Green Card Lottery 2011. And in the 2012 Lottery, the number of winners from Armenia is close to one thousand, US Consul to Armenia Robert Farquhar stated, during a press conference on Thursday, adding that with this indicator Armenia is the clear leader in the region. Farquhar also informed that in 2011 the number of Green Card Lottery winners was around 700 in Georgia, and 350 in Azerbaijan. Also, 2,400 people became Green Card winners in Russia. Green Card Lottery 2013 started on October 4 and it continues until November 5. Every year around 55 thousand Green Cards are played in this lottery, RFE/RL reported.

Source: http://news.am/eng/news/77821.html

7 comments:

  1. Dear Arevordi,

    I have been following your posts for quite some time now. All I can say is that I am 100% in your opinion concerning about having Russia as our main ally/partner.


    There is, however, another thing that concerns me more. The current regime and the oligarchs. They are literally benefiting by being in charge of the country. Most of the Armenian economy is in their hands, which is cause of a monopoly created in the Country.

    Until now, all what I said you most probably know already.

    I just have a question: Don't you think that Russia should do something about it? Russia "wants an Armenia that is well-populated and friendly", as you said. While the western propaganda has its role in turning Armenians into Russophobes, I believe that the current oligarchs/regime, though being Russia's allies, are simply doing it for the benefit of their own selves. Russia, in my opinion, should remove them from power and bring in real Armenian(pro-Russian of course) patriots in order to at least give more economic freedom in the country, work on having a better Armenian agriculture, and make some social reforms(most notably in the domain of the non-combat deaths in the army. We have a very powerful Armed Forces, non-combat deaths tolls should be reduced as much as possible).

    What are your opinions? Waiting for your answer

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  2. Thank you for an intelligent question.

    Russia has in fact done a lot behind-the-scenes to tame some of Armenia's more voracious sharks; especially in energy related matters. Energy prices in Armenia may have been higher had Moscow not scolded Armenian officials over price fixing. The curbing of Levon Petrosian and the annulment of the infamous Goble plan may be connected to Moscow. Moreover, the ouster of the previous gangster-turned-mayor may have also been connected to Moscow.

    I personally think Moscow will play even a greater role in curbing Armenia's peasant-sharks once Armenia gets integrated into a Russia-led economic union (which may be not too far down the road). At the very least, with closer integration into an economic network led by Russia, our hungry peasant-sharks (who have been thus far swimming in a little pond with limited resources) would be able to swim in an abundantly stocked ocean thereby lessening the stranglehold they have had over the Armenian nation as well as increasing business opportunities in the nation.

    Key to understanding all this is understanding Armenian nature, understanding human nature and accepting the fact that we Armenians will have to deal with our peasant-sharks simply because despite what we do they are not going anywhere essentially because they are a reflection of us. We need to face reality and deal with it. This, however, does not mean we need to bad mouthing Armenia on a constant and persistent basis as some organizations and individuals have been doing. What subversive organization like the ARF, Armenia's so-called "opposition" and disgusting individuals like Ara Manoogian have been doing goes way beyond "fighting corruption" in Armenia. What they are doing is in fact an information war - a psychological warfare - against Armenia. With their poisonous rhetoric they are further alienating an already alienated/disinterested diaspora as well as encouraging Armenian citizens to abandon their homeland. What they do is counter productive.

    Are they doing it due to sheer ignorance or are they following orders from Washington? Only time will tell, but I do smell Washingtonian machinations.

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  3. Moscow realizes that Washington can make deeper inroads in Armenia if the citizenry there grow economically desperate. As a result, they have taken various measure to ensure that Armenia stays solvent. That is why Armenia is being showered with economic and military aid by Moscow. At the end of the day, however, house cleaning (which is what Armenia essentially needs) is ultimately an Armenian responsibility, not a Russian one. Russia is already providing us with the sustenance and the tools, they shouldn't, however, be expected to spoon feed us. It's high time our big-talking people (especially here in the diaspora) woke up from their genocide-obsessions and collectively partook in true nation-building. Thus far, what I have seen the diaspora do is insignificant at best and counterproductive at worst.

    The current Moscow-backed administration in Yerevan has begun implementing a series of promising reforms. The unexpected resignation of Yerevan's newly appointed mayor, however, may have been a major set-back in my opinion. All I can say is that I hope Karen Karapetyan resigned for a greater good. Nevertheless, Armenia is slowly but surely developing and progressing. Armenia's geopolitical weight is also gradually increasing in the region.

    There is progress even in the military sphere. You'll realize that the armed forces of Armenia is in fact very well maintained once you factor in the harsh realities of Armenia's existence in the Caucasus. The reason why you haven't heard that more crimes, rapes and suicides occur in the US military is because Americans realize that when you throw together thousands of young males with high testosterone and then put them in difficult circumstances bad things will inevitably happen. The reason why you don't know that it's common for Turkish soldiers to get raped by their commanding officers is because Turks have national pride and they essentially worship their nation and their military.

    An Armenia soldier gets slapped by his commanding officer during some drunken outing, and the video of the offense goes viral and predictions of Armenia's immanent doom is heard on everyone's lips...

    Despite what some diasporan circles want you and I to believe, it's not all bad news. The problems in Armenia get exaggerated and sensationalized by dubious personalities and subversive organizations. Trust me, I know the country well. I spend my summers in Armenia. I have long-term investments in Armenia. I am planning on repatriating sometime in the not too distant future. As a matter of fact, physically, spiritually and financially, I feel much safer in Armenia than I do here in the United States.

    We Armenians as a people need to stop being so gossip-driven and pessimistic. We are poisoning the very air we breath with our impatience, cynicism and negativity. Let's realize that Armenia is a real nation with real problems. Let's realize that a nation as remote, as landlocked, as embattled, as poor and as new as Armenia will have a lot of problems.

    What we Armenians desperately need is understanding and objectivity. We need to be pro-active and farsighted. We need to engage in CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. More importantly, we need to have patience. Twenty years is a blink of an eye, historically speaking. Rome wasn't build in a single day, so weren't the finest nations of the western world. Having said that, despite the short period of time in question, despite its many obstacles, despite its troublesome children, despite its numerous enemies, Armenia has fared quite well in that hostile and unforgiving region.

    God bless our homeland, and may he give us the strength, foresight and perseverance to establish a common border with the Russian Federation or gain a direct access to the Black Sea.

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  4. The following links to older blog posts may further explain my thoughts regarding this matter. Please read them when you have some time -

    Chinese, Russian and Armenian Trade relations: http://theriseofrussia.blogspot.com/2011/01/china-russia-armenia-trade-relations.html

    America's Media Blitz Against Armenia: http://theriseofrussia.blogspot.com/2011/02/american-media-blitz-against-armenia.html

    Serj Tankian, Dashnaktsutyun and the Continuing Media Blitz Against Armenia: http://theriseofrussia.blogspot.com/2011/08/serj-tankian-gets-exploited-armenia.html

    Clinton Reassures Armenian Rights Groups: http://theriseofrussia.blogspot.com/2010/11/hillary-clinton-reassures-armenias.html

    I hope I was able to answer your question.

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  5. Dear Arevordi,

    yes you did. Thank you very much.

    It is true, Today's Republic of Armenia is a "new" country in a way(Though we are a 6000 year old nation). It needs time to get into shape. Only if those peasant-sharks would be a little less "talanogh"(every ruling government is a peasant shark, some more, others less), I believe that we would progress much easily.

    Also I would like to point that we should also deepen our relations with China too. Though our relationship with them are good for now, it's time to get closed to them. The Chinese and the Armenians have a common enemy, the Turk in "turkey"/Western Armenia and the Ughyur in China. Let us not forget that China is growing on the economic level.

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  6. One More thing. You have said this before I think, but I'll say it again because I find it important. The Armenian Lobby in Russia to do its maximum to benefit Armenia.

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  7. Dear Arevordi,

    my name is Giovanni and I am the editor of Window on Heartland (http://windowonheartland.blogspot.com/). Since I like very much your blog and I agree with most of your thoughts, I would like to propose you a partnership. Please do not hesitate to contact me in case you are interested. My e-mail address is gdvalvo@gmail.com

    Regards,
    Giovanni

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Dear reader,

Arevordi will be taking a sabbatical to tend to personal matters. New blog commentaries will therefore be posted on an irregular basis. The comments board however will continue to be moderated on a regular basis. To limit clutter in the comments section, I ask all participants of this blog to please keep comments coherent and strictly relevant to the featured topic of discussion. Moreover, please realize that when there are several anonymous visitors posting comments simultaneously, it becomes confusing (not to mention extremely annoying) trying to figure out who is who and who said what. If you are here to engage in conversation, make an observation, express an idea or just attack me, I ask you to at least use a moniker to identify yourself... or else, I will not post your comments, especially if they are, in my opinion, nonsense. Thank you for your cooperation.