Charles Az­navour again crit­i­cizes Ar­me­nian au­thor­i­ties

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

The French singer of Ar­me­nian de­scent Charles Az­navour, who likes oc­ca­sion­ally to point to the fail­ures of the Ar­me­nian gov­ern­ment, has made new rev­e­la­tory state­ments against the coun­try’s au­thor­i­ties.

“While one is be­ing im­pris­oned for steal­ing two eggs, those who stole mil­lions go un­pun­ished,” Az­navour, who is, for the record, Ar­me­nia’s Am­bas­sador to Switzer­land and UNESCO, told the French pub­li­ca­tion Nou­velles d’Ar­me­nie.

He warned that if this keeps up, Ar­me­nia may one day dis­ap­pear, and the lead­ers of the coun­try will be re­spon­si­ble for this.

Az­navour has re­peat­edly crit­i­cized the Ar­me­nian gov­ern­ment and the rul­ing regime for its po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic fail­ures. In his ear­lier in­ter­view, he was not­ing that Ar­me­nia is be­com­ing more and more empty ev­ery day, and in the near fu­ture the coun­try will turn into an empty shell.

“Who ben­e­fits from this? Only three rich hooli­gans? Three mob­sters?” Az­navour in­quired.

It is com­mend­able that the singer is not afraid of speak­ing the truth about his dis­tant home­land and re­veal­ing the fail­ures and fraud of the rul­ing regime in Ar­me­nia.

The coun­try in­deed loses pop­u­la­tion with each pass­ing day, but the gov­ern­ment does noth­ing to stop this. The per­ma­nent pop­u­la­tion of Ar­me­nia is cur­rently un­der 3 mil­lion, while non-of­fi­cial fig­ures sug­gest that the fig­ure is hardly close to 2 mil­lion. Since the procla­ma­tion of in­de­pen­dence in 1991, the Ar­me­nian pop­u­la­tion has de­creased by ap­prox­i­mately 700,000 peo­ple.

Poverty is among the main rea­sons for Ar­me­ni­ans’ ex­o­dus from the coun­try. The lat­est of­fi­cial sta­tis­tics say that the cur­rent poverty rate in Ar­me­nia is around 30 per­cent. The to­tal num­ber of poor peo­ple in the coun­try amounts to some 900,000, and 310,000 of them are very poor, while 60,000 peo­ple are recorded as ex­tremely poor.

The poor econ­omy and ter­ri­ble un­em­ploy­ment, which is the high­est in the CIS area, are another rea­son why Ar­me­ni­ans leave the coun­try. Ar­me­nia’s state debt, in­creas­ing by hun­dreds of mil­lion dol­lars ev­ery month, ex­ceeded $6.4 bil­lion in Novem­ber. How­ever, the sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try and its econ­omy has not tan­gi­bly im­proved, and this is another proof that the Ar­me­nian au­thor­i­ties spend the bor­rowed funds not on the well-be­ing of the pop­u­la­tion but on the rul­ing regime’s own needs.

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