August 11
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YEREVAN. – A group of representatives of the youth organization of the former ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) are holding a flash mob, entitled "Voronezh and Krasnodar," in front of the government building.

Hayk Mamijanyan, the head of the RPA youth organization, said that this flash mob of theirs would be continuous, as, according to him, the government thinks it will be able to "cover up" its scandalous corruption stories and illegalities. "With this action, we remind that it will not be possible to make those problems become forgotten,” he added, in particular.

Mamijanyan noted that according to the results of polls conducted in November 2019, only 60 percent considered that corruption is a serious problem in Armenia. "But now, according to their polls, it's about 80 percent; this is how they ‘fight’ against corruption. We have heard the version of citizen Mikael Minasyan [former ambassador to the Holy See and son-in-law of ex-President Serzh Sargsyan] about this whole process. A criminal case has been opened in Russia, but none of the Armenian authorities has spoken about it," the RPA representative said, adding that the Armenian authorities should try to refute the story of smuggled cigarettes, but it seems that will not work.

Asked on the basis of the claim that members of the serving Armenian government are involved in the story of smuggled cigarettes, Mamijanyan responded that Armenia is in a deep lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and therefore all passenger and cargo transportation to and from the country is limited. "And in the meantime, several planes of cigarettes are being taken out of the country. Are you saying that the government should not be aware of this? I can't believe that," he added, in particular.

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