Forum of Armenian Associations of Europe (FAAE) considers the formal charges filed against Armenia's ex-Foreign Minister and lawmaker of the Prosperous Armenian Party (BHK) Vartan Oskanian as ungrounded political persecution and a delibrate attempt to knock a potential rival out of the game during next year's presidential elections.
"For Diaspora Armenians, Vartan Oskanian has become an example of a person who is taking every effort realize Armenians' dreams through his dedicated work.
Diaspora has seen numerous other examples, when a number of famous Diaspora figures, the so-called economic fedayi (freedom fighters) were made bankrupt in Armenia and thrown out of the country. Today for the first time, the same policy of moral destruction and persecution is applied against a patriotic politician. As a result, Armenians are losing their last hope; apathy is deepening, emigration is growing, taking the country to its final destruction.
Given Armenian government's failure in the foreign and economic policy, the slogan "Every citizen is a criminal" only tarnishes the already damaged image of the country, creating a system of values where no sphere of public life is likely to develop or prosper," FAAE said in a statement.
The organisation calls on the ruling regime to immediately halt political chase against Oskanian and undertake measures to reveal Republican officials who are engaged in despoiling state funds. FAAE also offers its support to reveal the crime.