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Protests in Armenia: PM Sargsyan's resignation means setback for Russia, - press
21:10, 24 April 2018

Protests in Armenia: PM Sargsyan's resignation means setback for Russia, - press

The official's decision to step down from his office due to mass riots in Yerevan is not in favor of Kremlin's foreign policy, - Deutsche Welle

21:10, 24 April 2018

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The unrest in Armenia seems to have succeeded, as PM Serzh Sargsyan resigned, leaving the post of the most powerful man in the country.

Due to the constitutional reform, the government mode changed from the presidential republic to the parliamentary republic. Most of the executive power now belongs to the Prime Minister - instead of the president. Hundreds of the thousands rose against the change, demanding to cancel it and remove Sargsyan from power. Dozens of activists were arrested, the police attacked the protesters and their vehicles, trying to intimidate and disperse them. 

In one of its articles, Deutsche Welle focused on the impact of such decision on Russia's foreign policy. 

'For years now, Moscow has been watching the unrest in neighboring countries with concern, pointing the finger at Western intervention. Now, the familiar scenario is playing out in Armenia, a particularly close Russian ally in the post-Soviet era. "The peaceful downfall of a politician who wanted to remain in power for years to come is a slap in the face for Moscow's foreign policy," said Russian journalist Konstantin von Eggert. He believes that the Kremlin likely underestimated the strength of the Armenian people's disillusionment with Sargsyan', the German outlet wrote.

Read the full article here.

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