Ar­me­nian pres­i­dent again rants about “fight against cor­rup­tion”

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

Itis well known that not be­ing able to fix eco­nomic and so­cial prob­lems in the coun­try, the Ar­me­nian rul­ing regime has to make lofty speeches about “the achieved re­sults” and “bright fu­ture for all Ar­me­ni­ans.”

The leader of the regime Serzh Sargsyan is among the main fans of mak­ing such speeches. In par­tic­u­lar, he pe­ri­od­i­cally makes pompous state­ments about the al­leged fight against cor­rup­tion in the coun­try.

Last week, Sargsyan took part in a meet­ing timed to the day of em­ploy­ees of the na­tional se­cu­rity bod­ies, which was held at the build­ing of the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ser­vice.

In his speech, the Ar­me­nian pres­i­dent, as ex­pected, spoke about cor­rup­tion and, as al­ways, noted “high-pro­file in­ves­ti­ga­tions on cor­rup­tion held over the past year.”

"The fight against cor­rup­tion will be sharper and tougher…In Ar­me­nia, there should be no regress in the mat­ter of fight­ing cor­rup­tion," Sargsyan said.

How­ever, the re­al­ity is much dif­fer­ent from what the pres­i­dent says. No tan­gi­ble fight against cor­rup­tion is ob­served in Ar­me­nia. This is con­firmed by the fact that the coun­try is 132nd among 176 coun­tries in terms of cor­rup­tion risks ac­cord­ing to the in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional’s.

As for Sargsyan’s speech, its pur­pose is ob­vi­ous – Ar­me­nia wants to get other 15 mil­lion euro the Euro­pean Union, but this is only pos­si­ble if there are vis­i­ble re­sults in the fight against cor­rup­tion in the coun­try.

How­ever, the Ar­me­nian pres­i­dent should know that it is sense­less to rant about the fight against cor­rup­tion – empty words do not solve the prob­lem. Western donors made it clear that they pre­fer not rant­ing speeches but spe­cific re­sults.

A fight against cor­rup­tion im­plies dec­la­ra­tion of war to the crim­i­nal-oli­garchic sys­tem reign­ing in Ar­me­nia. Ob­vi­ously, Sargsyan and his team will never go for it, since this means they will de­clare war to them­selves.

Al­though the EU del­e­ga­tion con­trib­uted 1.5 mil­lion euro for two an­ticor­rup­tion projects in Ar­me­nia in the pe­riod of 2011-2014, the dole­ful sit­u­a­tion has shown no tan­gi­ble signs of change. This is quite log­i­cal, since as long as the coun­try is ruled by Sargsyan and his team, the fake fight against cor­rup­tion will yield no re­sults.

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