Pashinian describes the NSS/KGB's carrot-and-stick method of controlling people and the role of the appearance of a certain "Eyes Wide Shut" type of a club in Armenia. Note well that Pashinian is bringing into the conversation important changes in sexual practice that a portion of the Armenian upper-middle class is adopting, namely, wife-swapping. Sexuality is, of course, a big part of life, but whether KGB or Victorian England ways of alleviating its repression's hardships are--desirable--is a very big question. In any case, the very possible brutality of this way of living is palpable: the women have the role of commodities; as for the men, obviously they are not free enough not to have to use others as a means to an end.
Pashinian: The KGB has lost, the KGB must be torn down. Pt. 3
The country's elite weighed down on my heart
Before we continue with the story of the degradation of the NSS [the National Security Services, which is sort of like the FBI (inerior intelligence) vs. the CIA (exterior intelligence) and generally like the Interior Ministry of any given country], let us note yet another Serzhokocharianic method of using special operations for their own pursuits. [When they got into power] Serzh and Kocharian quickly found out that it is possible to gain a serious political trump card by investigating people's pasts and personal lives. They quickly understood that this potential source of power of the special operations was not being exploited. And so, they began using it. It turns out that during the Soviet period, an entire portion of the country's scientific, cultural, and political elite was not able to escape the malfeasant guilt of becoming KGB agents. Those people--academics, famous actors, cherished painters and singers, political leaders--have [outed] their friends, relatives, and famous contemporaries [as Enemies of the People] in official documents, and if these documents ever become public, they will immediately become nothings. The documents are kept in the archives of the KGB, and the master of those archives is the Serzh Sargsyan, the President of the RA. Consequently, the resolution of the question of their fate is in his hands. The criminalocratic pair uses this tool expertly and thereby gains a reliable bolster for itself in public political life. Those "famous intellectuals," scientists, and artists who have earned their reputations through their cooperation with the KGB's pursuit of "Enemies of the People," [today] lend their covert or explicit support to the criminalocracy during critical moments and sing the praises of the "Great Leaders" in their public speeches. They, of course, do not disclose the fact that the "intellectuals" who support Kocharian and Sargsyan are all KGB agents, but their numbers and the assistance that they lend to the government is sufficient to produce an agreeable intellectual climate. I have already spoken about president of the NAS [Nation Academy of Sciences] Radik Martirosyan's KGB past in a previous publication. Before becoming the president of the NAS, he was the rector of YSU [Yerevan State University]. Imagine how many people he could have thrown into Serzh's bottomless pit, stopping at nothing; isn't it true, after all, that he is motivated by a deadly fear? But in order that Radik Martirosyan's case not appear singular, I will now discuss yet another subject, because that which he allowed himself to do under Serzh Sargsyan's immediate guidance is the most base act of them all. I am speaking about Fadey Sargsyan, the former president of the NAS, about whom our television stations are showing films that depict him as a supreme human being. This supreme human being--around the time of the disarranged 1998 elections, when Karen Demirjian had victoriously returned to political life and become a terror to Robert Kocharian's career, Serzh Sargsyan had Fadey Sargsyan wear a wire [electronic eavesdropping equipment] and sent him to meet with presidential candidate Karen Demirchian. Karen Demirchian naturally received his "friend," "comrade in arms," and neighbor and had an honest discussion with him about his political and future plans, without at all suspecting that Robert Kocharian and Serzh Sargsyan were directly listening to his discussion and that Fadey Sargsyan was, not conversing with him, but--interviewing him using a list of questions prepared by Serzh Sargsyan. It must be assumed that these kinds of conversations were carried out on a regular basis, but, to be honest, I am aware of only one such case. And there you have it: "Great Deeds."
But in public political life there are also young people that have not had connections to the KGB. How should they be treated? [Pashinian is asking this question from Kocharian/Sargsyan's point of view]. Their lives should be put under the microscope. If their lives contain nothing that is compromising, then it is necessary to dig into the life-histories of their relatives and find something that is compromising. Of course, compromising facts of a sexual nature have always been considered to be the best ones. People sometimes have unusual inclinations: One likes to have sex with men, while being a man, himself; another betrays his wife, has a lover, or spends time with prostitutes; a third's wife is unfaithful to him; a fourth visits suspicious clubs with his own wife. Naturally, the National Security Service must spend time investigating these matters, preparing relevant dossiers, and securing them with "video-materials."
In other words, if someone is gay, the NSS must take photographs of him, photograph the sexual act. This is not an easy thing to do, you understand, and requires physical access, technical equipment, and detailed plans of operations and their realization. And our country's National Security has carried out numerous such operations. If you have been surprised by any given politician's sudden reversal of position, betrayal, don't be: It means that that politician or his relatives have engaged in one or another kind of shady dealings or have unusual sexual preferences. People are wont to explain the "sale" of our political functionaries through the money factor. What can be said about this? Money does play a decisive role in all this, but, in order to put the person in the mood to be sold for money, they first present him with the compromising fact. This is logical, because, after taking the money, the person in question might decide to change his mind; it is, therefore, necessary to have something on him. And, on the other hand, the mere operation to put someone in a compromised situation renders "the victim" hostile toward "the client," which is an unacceptable situation. This is the famous biscuit and whip [the carrot and the stick] method. And, incidentally, notice how well Serzh Sargsyan's favorite word--"customer"--fits the situation described. And now, as a summary of this chapter, let me tell the story of a government functionary and his family, a story of events that have been essential in the internal progress of the country.
It turns out that there is a club in Armenia that married couples go to, meaning--the husband goes there with his wife. Numerous other couples go there as well, and the point of [going to the] club is to swap partners. In other words, the members of the club hand their wives over to others for a few hours, and they, themselves, choose another woman. After this club gathering, they go home again as a loving married couple. There are similar such clubs in numerous other countries, and it is natural the NSS would not fail to notice the appearance of one in our country and, especially, the political figures turning up there. And while some cannot understand the meaning of recent events and the political bobbings up-and-down, everything is extremely clear: The NSS has the relevant photographs.
Incidently, during the compilations of shared lists undertaken by political parties here and in nearby governments, the NSS factor is taken into consideration--how it has a dossier on this or that individual. The thicker the dossier, the more suitable the given person is considered to be for working as a deputy in Parliament. Of course, if it is possible to have people like that in the Opposition, then that is considered a big success. In general, the NSS expends enormous resources and time in the effort to secretly listen to the conversations of the Opposition, plant operatives around them, and realize other such operations. But Armenian KGB agents have remained on the level of the eighties, and it is not difficult for serious people to notice and predict their operations, operatives, and provocateurs.