Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Pashinian: The KGB has lost. Pt. 4

Here, Pashinian describes the NSS's various--I'd even say "pornographic"--defeats and demonstrates why they were inevitable.

Pashinian: The KGB has lost, the KGB must be torn down. Pt. 4.

The Crisis of the KGB

I noted above that the KGB has not noticed the fact of Armenia's independence--a sad fact for the KGB. They have not noticed yet another, for-them-sad fact: that their cult's previous Soviet KGB underwent a humiliating defeat in its global struggle, and the proof for that is the collapse of the USSR, which created it, the KGB. And today, KGB members do not want to accept that the collapse of the USSR was not the result of foreign activity in the country, but the result of the activities of the KGB. This decayed system had become the people's enemy and the main obstacle barring their progress.

One would think that the the non-existence of an acceptance of this fact would, naturally, help the country's NSS inadvertently become covered by gangrene and suffer humiliating defeats. And that is exactly what happened. The higher-ups of the NSS began using its "growing influence" for their own personal prosperity. What happened was that the KGB clique fervently achieved its independence and began sticking its nose in different business markets. The one who blew the whistle on this situation most ardently was the NSS's former assistant to the chief, Gregory Harutiunyan, who, as it turned out, was engaged in banana "contraband." This fact became known to the public after Robert Kocharian relieved him from his post as assistant to the chief of the NSS. Yet those people are mistaken who think that the cause of Harutiunyan's firing was his occupation with banana "contraband." Kocharian always knew about that business and decided to fire Harutiunyan only when Harutiunyan began cheating them. Two circumstances speak to the truth of this conjecture: first, they did not put Harutiunyan on trial after firing him, which means that they wanted to keep things quiet; and, second, Harutiunian, while assistant to the head of the NSS, was involved in the construction of buildings on Buzand Street through his firm, "Griar," which fact means that engaging in the business of the assistant to the head is an acceptable thing for Robert Kocharian, because "Griar" had for many years explicitly developed its activities, and the name of the firm had been fashioned out of the name of the head of the NSS at that time: Gr[i]gory Arutziunyan. All of the assistants of the head of the NSS are in one way or another involved in business and are millionaires. And it should be recognized that, in this sense, Gorik Hakobian is the one most pitiable. Between us, inside the walls of the network, they call him "dodzig," the consummate Leonid Ilych Brezhnev, whom they have appointed to that post to keep it occupied and prevent internal quarrels from arising over it.

The vice [in the context of what the NSS should actually be up to] of business has seriously spread throughout the NSS. The heads of the territorial organizations stand guard [1] over different businesses and objectives. Of course, not everyone can partake of the "harvest," and, as with the general public, so with the members of the NSS, among whom the gap between the rich and the poor is widening. One would think that under these circumstances, the network would become entirely demoralized and suffer humiliating defeats. And the criminal activities incited against Murad Bojolian, the lawyer Vahe Grigorian, and the former head of the FM [Foreign Ministry of Armenia] Alexander Arzumanian, who turned the NSS into a universal laughingstock, became the occasions for just those types of humiliating defeats. But these were just the flowers, the big defeats were to come later [2].

On an Autumn day in 2007, it became clear that the special services of Azerbaijan had infiltrated the Foreign Ministry of Armenia's [computer] network and "pulled" all of the information stored there: the archives, diplomatic memos, secret files, and even personal e-mails. We can put it down in writing now that Armenia's diplomatic corps does not have one secret that Azerbaijan does not know. The newspapers found out about this only accidentally, and one must not fail to mention that other slave-monitoring institutions [3] have met with the same fate, because it is hardly likely that they would have had better protection than that provided for the Foreign Ministry's network--and the organization in charge of this protection is the NSS. To date, no one has been held responsible for this disgrace at the NSS, because Robert Kocharian knows well that he has devoted the NSS to the struggle against the Opposition or, more correctly, Levon Ter-Petrossian, and the resources available for the struggle against Azerbaijan have waned.

It has been the NSS's ironic fate, however, to have had to bear defeat in its struggle against Levon Ter-Petrossian as well. The purpose of the titanic efforts made by the NSS was to keep Levon Ter-Petrossian from once again assuming the leadership of Armenia, keep him from gathering together the Opposition, and keep him from creating a grassroots movement involving all of the people--they couldn't do it. It turns out that the agents of influence planted in the various parties, blackmail, and the "treatments" given to activists did not mitigate the course of events. And if we put into this context the events of March 1st and the repression that followed them, then they, by their very essence, remind one of the KGB putsch that took place in the USSR in 1990 that turned into the the swan song of the KGB. There is no doubt that the KGB conspiracy in Armenia will merit the same fate, and in this case, exactly, we need to proceed with caution so that we don't steer our country, the Republic of Armenia, towards an impasse and issues that can not be resolved. And everything is going in just that direction.

1. "«կռիշ» են կանգնում." I'm guessing two things: that this is Gharabagh slang, and that it means "stand guard"?
2. Pashinian is being a bad boy here.
3. Meaning other Armenian ministries and institutions during Kocharian/Sargsyan.

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