Nikol Pashinyan – The Other Side of The Earth
Nikol Pashinyan – The Other Side of The Earth. was published in May-December 2008in the Armenian Times daily after he went underground, and his whereabouts were unknown. The Armenian Police has officially stated that in March 2008 Pahinyan illegally left the country and then, again illegally, returned to Armenia. Pashinyan himself claims that while in holding, he has never left the territory of Armenia, Even for one Minute! After 10 years of struggle agents the corruption in Armenia, Pashinyan was elected as country’s Prime Minister in May 2018.
Nikol Pashinyan (born 1 June 1975) is an Armenian politician who has served as Prime Minister of Armenia since 8 May 2018. He is a former journalist and editor.
A prominent journalist, Pashinyan first founded his own newspaper in 1998 which was shut down a year later. He was sentenced for one year for defamation against then Minister of National Security Serzh Sargsyan. He edited Haykakan Zhamanak (Armenian Times) from 1999 to 2012. Sympathetic to the government of Armenian’s first president Levon Ter-Petrosyan, it was highly critical of second president Robert Kocharyan, Defense Minister Serzh Sargsyan, and their allied oligarchs. Pashinyan led a minor opposition party in the 2007 parliamentary election, garnering 1.3% of the vote. He was an outspoken supporter of Ter-Petrosyan, when the latter made a political comeback prior to the 2008 presidential election. Ter-Petrosyan was defeated by Serzh Sargsyan in an election marred with widespread vote fraud and violence. Noted for his fiery speeches, Pashinyan had a significant role in the post-election protests which were violently put down by government forces on March 1, 2008 resulting in the deaths of 10 people. Pashinyan, blamed for “organizing mass disorders,” went into hiding only to come out in mid-2009. He was controversially sentenced to 7 years in prison; a move that was widely seen a politically motivated. He was released in May 2011 in accordance to a general amnesty. He was elected to parliament form Ter-Petrosyan’s broad opposition coalition, the Armenian National Congress, in 2012.
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