Expert: Courses on how to change power in Russia - an attempt by wily Armenian activists to make money
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 15
By Matanat Nasibova – Trend:
The courses on how to change power in Russia, held by the activists who took part in the change of power in Armenia, should be regarded as an outrageous manifestation of the unfriendliness of Yerevan towards Moscow, Andrei Ivanov, head of the Strategic Analysis Center of the Russian Institute for Innovative Development, told Trend.
The well-known Russian expert was commenting on the American-funded four-day courses "How to make a revolution in Russia?” in Yerevan.
The fact of holding the courses was also confirmed in a recent report aired February 12 in the program “Time” on Channel One Russia.
As it became known, the courses were organized by the Prague Civil Center, which is funded by the US Congress in accordance with the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.
Ivanov says these courses in Armenia can in no way affect the political situation in Russia.
"One cannot compare the small Armenia with the Russian Federation, where the system of power itself is much more sophisticated due to the size of the country. It was necessary to block only a couple of streets in the center of the capital to change the power in Armenia. This scenario is simply impossible in Russia. Nevertheless, I will note one other thing.”
“It turns out that on the one hand, new Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan talks about the importance of relations with Moscow, he constantly assures Russian President Vladimir Putin of his friendship, and, at the same time, Pashinyan’s supporters gather representatives of Russian marginal circles in Yerevan and teach them how to sow chaos in their own country,” he said.
Ivanov said the victorious supporters of Pashinyan are in certain euphoria.
“It seems to them that they have already made their country happy and now it is necessary to start helping other nations,” he noted. “They say that it is worth holding several seminars for small groups from Russia, and the experience of the Armenian revolution will immediately spread over a huge space. I don’t rule out the factor of self-interest of these activists who started the courses.”
The political analyst added that the seminars for the Russian opposition are paid for by the US structures that are interested in destabilizing the situation in Russia.
“There are a lot of people willing to conduct such seminars and receive grants,” he said. “Now, Armenian political analysts decided that it is their time to make money from the US desires of coup d'états in other countries. They gained the trust of Washington, and now there are people in Armenia who got the opportunity to earn extra money. However, it is important to understand that the stability of any power depends, above all, on the ability to perceive the needs of the society. No seminars, no foreign funding can ignite the fire of popular discontent.”
Ivanov noted that he sees the holding of seminars in Armenia for Russian activists as an attempt of some particularly wily Armenian activists to earn money.