Ar­me­nia fails to fight cor­rup­tion

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

It is no se­cret that cor­rup­tion re­mains one of the main prob­lems of Ar­me­nia and key ob­sta­cle for its de­vel­op­ment. In­stead, how­ever, the Ar­me­nian gov­ern­ment does not seem very both­ered by it.

The author­i­ties have so far failed to find an ef­fec­tive way to fight the prob­lem, but come up with un­nec­es­sary ac­tions that only an­gered the so­ci­ety.

Most re­cently, the Ar­me­nian Par­lia­ment ap­proved a bill on the es­tab­lish­ment of the Cor­rup­tion Pre­ven­tion Com­mis­sion. Thus, in ad­di­tion to the Anti-Cor­rup­tion Coun­cil, Ar­me­nia is go­ing to cre­ate the sec­ond body, now not for fight against cor­rup­tion but for its pre­ven­tion. So far, the Anti-Cor­rup­tion Coun­cil failed to fight the prob­lem, which is de­stroy­ing the coun­try and its econ­omy. There­fore, peo­ple do not ex­pect the newly-es­tab­lished com­mis­sion to make any ma­jor changes.

The of­fi­cials also ad­mit it. For­mer Ar­me­nian Min­is­ter of Jus­tice Hrayr Tov­masyan, who is cur­rently an MP from the Repub­li­can Party, told Ar­me­nian re­porters that no dras­tic changes should be ex­pected from the Com­mis­sion.

He noted that this com­mis­sion will not be able to do any­thing sig­nif­i­cant: “The only thing it may suc­ceed in is show­ing that some­thing is wrong.”

To­day ev­ery­one in Ar­me­nia is aware that ‘some­thing is wrong’, and there is no need to spend money and form a spe­cial body for that. Thus, the clar­i­fi­ca­tion by Tov­masian caused de­spair among Ar­me­nian pop­u­la­tion.

More­over, the MP ex­cluded that the cor­rupt high-rank­ing of­fi­cials would end up in prison as a re­sult of the Com­mis­sion’s work. “Not at all, this Com­mis­sion and the law are not about it. It does not mean that these peo­ple should be im­pris­oned due to this law,” Tov­masyan said.

That is, if Ar­me­nian of­fi­cials get caught on a bribe, it does not mean that they should be pun­ished – it just means that ‘some­thing is wrong’ in the sys­tem.

The fact of de­struc­tive cor­rup­tion in Ar­me­nia was re­peat­edly pointed out by many for­eign rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the coun­try. U.S. Am­bas­sador Richard Mills has re­peat­edly de­manded from the Ar­me­nian author­i­ties to stop this out­rage. The diplo­mat noted that if Ar­me­nia does not man­age to solve the prob­lem of cor­rup­tion, it will af­fect the re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries in spe­cific ar­eas – for ex­am­ple, in in­vest­ments.

The 2015 re­port of the Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional Anti-cor­rup­tion Cen­ter showed that Ar­me­nia is one of the most cor­rupt coun­tries of the world.

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