Among the sweeping changes in Armenia since the rise of the new Pashinyan government in May, there are profound repercussions from a determined drive against corruption and, more recently, a commitment to investigating and holding to account those responsible for the post-election killings in March 2008. Each of these moves demonstrate that there are no longer political taboos and even less restraints.
In this context, see an insightful piece for Bloomberg News, entitled “Russia Seethes after Velvet Revolutionary Strikes at Old Foes,” by Sara Khojoyan with my comments regarding the detention of former Armenian President Robert Kocharian:
‘…Kocharyan’s prosecution has “profound repercussions well beyond Armenia and may set an important new precedent” in the region, said Richard Giragosian, director of the Regional Studies Center, a think tank in the capital, Yerevan. Moves “against the formerly entrenched elite are now triggering a robust Russian reaction,” he said.’