ARF Opts Out of Corruption Control Group

Member of Parliament Artsvik Minasian of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation

YEREVAN—The Armenian Revolutionary Federation – Dashnaktsutiun (ARF-D) has refused to participate in an independent corruption control commission set up by the Armenian government, ARF-D member of parliament Artsvik Minasian told reporters on Wednesday.

“Regardless of the invitation for involvement in the group, we refrain from nominating our candidate for a number of reasons. The first reason is that we have for years had our own proposals for battling corruption, which have been ignored,” Minasian said.

The second reason, Minasian contented, is that the proposed system is inefficient because an “Armenian” model has been selected for the commission rather than one of three internationally approved models.

Minasian noted that a corruption control council was formed as early as 2004, under a presidential decree, and that Armenia’s government is now trying to employ an unclear model.

“The Armenian model has been approved, the one proposed by the premier. No common approach has been found for consensus to be reached over it,” Minasian said.

“One of the first elements is forming an environment. People must realize that involving in corrupt practices means much greater damage than acting according to the law.”

As to his opinion of the Armenian president’s calls for an effective struggle against corruption, Minasian said that the president’s words mean nothing if the system does not allow the process to begin.

Lernik Alexanian, a member of parliament from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), stressed that the government’s activities should not be restricted to the corruption control commission.

Pointing to proposed constitutional changes, he said, “The loopholes conducive to corruption must be stopped.”


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  1. State-Of-Emergency said:

    The first element in combating corruption is not to associate with other corrupt governments. The rule of law and democratic institutions are the only effect ways to battle this disease. When we embrace the likes of Russia and China all we can expect is to reflect their ways of governing. As the old adage goes…”tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are”….

    • GeorgeMardig said:

      I agree with you, the rule of law and democratic institutions are the only effect ways to battle this disease,…. however if you want to mention names like China and Russia, you should continue the list with names of Western countries which you can find a long list of corrupt governments

  2. Tsoghig said:

    I am happy to hear that the ARF is standing up for truth and justice within Armenia. Unless something is done about this corruption issue in Armenia, there will be no Armenia in a generation.

  3. GeorgeMardig said:

    Corruption in Armenia? what about, Italy, Spain, US, Portugal, France, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Greece…the list goes on, some countries have more sophisticated ways of doing things, others are more sloppy, corruption is the desease of the century, and it’s not only Armenia’s or Armenian’s.