What was once a relatively straightforward internal political matter may now be used to foment the next color revolution on the borders of Russia:
The 31 armed men who took over a police station in Armenia’s capital of Yerevan on July 17 made two demands that got widespread news coverage.
The two demands? First, that the government releases Jirair Sefilian, held on charges of plotting a coup. The second, that Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan resign. The government gave in to neither demand, and after a couple of weeks of being deprived of food, water and internet, the occupiers gave up.
This, it seems, isn’t the end of the story. Apparently, after giving up, the now-arrested men (or others speaking / writing in their name) claim that their true mission is to free Armenia from under the yoke of “Russian colonialism.” Consistent with a planned coup and demanding the president’s resignation; yet whether or not this was the sentiment behind storming the police station in the first place, it is the message now being delivered.
It is claimed, at least in this Huffington Post piece, that many Armenians do not like the president’s turn away from the EU and toward Russia. Ignoring the geographic, political, and linguistic reality (while Armenians have their own language, Russian continues to be taught and spoken) of Armenia (even more so than in Ukraine or Georgia), the EU and the west might be a good option for the country. But that is ignoring a lot.
In any case, such sentiments have turned into massive bloodshed throughout North Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.
It might be Armenia’s turn soon.