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Postanjyan Addresses Oligarchs: Causes Commotion and Makes Point by Speaking Russian

Today, Heritage Party MP Zaruhi Postanjyan addressed her colleagues and called for them to refrain from attending and voting on the membership into the Eurasian Economic Union.

“Even if they try to apprehend you, get sick, stay home, don’t vote,” said Postanjyan. She mostly addressed those MPs who are businessmen, noting that the situation of Russia’s oligarchs also threatens Armenia’s oligarchs.

“What do you mean apprehend, speak in a civil manner,” Postanjyan's speech was interrupted by an MP from the assembly hall.

“That's exactly what they do, they apprehend you. You don't have the opportunity to be in peace with your own conscience. You are ordered to come and make statements here,” Postanjyan managed to say before they turned off her microphone.

The interruptions began after she read excerpts from a Russian writer Kiril Serebrennikov’s interview in Russian. The hall began shouting that MPs must speak in Armenian, otherwise it would be a violation of the Armenian law on language.

“After entering the Customs Union, you will be filling out documents in Russian, hence why I'm citing in Russian now, a language that you understand very well and previously used to work with,”said the MP to the Republican Party representatives, however the commotion in the hall did not recede.

“All of you see what is happening in Russia, and its you that are waiting to see what will happen after January 1st. This Parliament does not realize where this is taking us. The Armenian people do not have anything to do with what is happening now. We have to formulate our national plan. Not even the ARF is able to cultivate our national plan. This agreement will prove that we've lost and failed the past 20 years. What hurts me is that even the Dashnaktsutyun (ARF) is joining this,” said Postanjyan.

The MP also spoke about NKR in the context of entering the EEU. “There was a very dangerous statement by deputy-foreign minister Shavarsh Kocharyan, where he said that Artsakh is not Armenia. Imagine what a wedge we are driving between us. With this agreement, we are ignoring the Republic of Artsakh.”