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Planerar Moskva att Ruben Vardanyan ska bli president i Armenien?

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Generally, the world’s leading media do not line up for interviews with war criminals, accomplices in war crimes and massacres, or with fraudulent creators of yet another Ponzi scheme. Like Denis Pushilin, the self-proclaimed head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Putin’s protege in occupied Ukraine.

Men vissa västerländska medier ger, utan att slå ett ögonlock, en plattform för Ruben Vardanyan, en av de rikaste människorna i Ryssland (enl. forbes), en man som är mycket närmare Putin än vad Pushilin någonsin har varit.

From 2005 to 2022, Ruben Vardanyan was allegedly engaged in money laundering through offshore companies and transferring money to the most influential people from Putin’s entourage (for example, Sergej Roldugin). During the same period, he held positions in the “expert councils” under the President and the Government of the Russian Federation, positions accessible only to people who are close to Putin. At the same time, Vardanyan also ran the investment bank Trojka Dialog, som blev en del av Sberbank i Ryska federationen 2011.

Först i mars 2019 ledamöter av EU-parlamentet krävde en utredning om verksamheten i Vardanyan som chef för Trojka Dialog.

Namnet på Vardanyan och hans trojka dialog dök upp igen i samband med ämnet offshorebolag: Organized Crime and Corruption Investigation Center (OCCRP) övertygande bevisat att Troika Dialog hade skapat ett omfattande nätverk av offshoreföretag. Dessa företag arbetade med andra företag som anklagades för att tvätta, betala ut eller olagligt ta ut pengar från Ryssland. Vi pratar om 4.6 miljarder dollar som passerade genom 76 företag.

It would seem that it is completely clear who Vardanyan is – “the wallet of Putin and his friends”. However, no one asked him sharp questions, and in September 2022, Vardanyan surrendered his Russian citizenship. Obviously, this was an attempt to avoid Western sanctions. It is important to emphasise that Vardanyan was quietly allowed to keep his ryska företagI själva verket var det bara Ukraina som inte gav efter för detta enkla trick med att avsäga sig det ryska medborgarskapet, och satte honom på listan över sanktioner: för logistiskt stöd till den ryska federationens ockupationsarmé.

In November 2022, without even hiding the fact of “samråd in Moscow” on this issue, Vardanyan took the post of “head of government” of the separatist enclave in Azerbaijani Karabakh. This enclave is not recognized as an independent entity by the international community. By international law and UN recognition it is legally the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Despite this, after the 2020 war, the Russian military contingent was stationed on this territory for “peacekeeping” (or so it was called by the Russian Federation).

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The “peacekeepers” of the Russian Federation are there for only one purpose – they provide support and security for Vardanyan in Karabakh. Nominally distancing himself from the Russian Federation, Vardanyan remains Putin’s weapon in his undeclared war with Azerbaijan: the Kremlin is creating a new puppet state out of Karabakh, one that would be completely under Moscow’s thumb.

The first steps to create a “hot spot” in Karabakh have already been taken – Vardanyan invented and is actively introducing the narrative of the “Lachin blockade” and “humanitarian catastrophe” into the world media. The noise he created makes it possible to hide what is really happening in Karabakh. Vardanyan tog bort from the local clan (according to local sources) the Damirli copper and molybdenum deposits belonging to Azerbaijan and the Gizilbulag gold deposits in the vicinity of Lachin. Russian so called “peacekeepers” protect Vardanyan and his henchmen from all attempts to prevent the plundering of these natural resources, which is carried out in violation of not only international law, but also all environmental norms and standards.

The Kremlin’s calculation was that this would lead to military actions initiated by Azerbaijan. But the authorities of the Azerbaijan Republic behaved more wisely and did not succumb to Moscow’s provocation, demanding only the admission of experts to their territory and mines. Vardanyan refused all demands, the only group of Azerbaijani experts that has managed to get to the territory of the mines was expelled from there by a crowd of Vardanyan’s close associates with his personal participation. Azerbaijani and foreign journalists were inte får åka dit by the Russian military. All this clearly indicates that the “Republic of Artsakh” is a puppet formation of the Kremlin, and it exists solely to ensure that Moscow has a hotbed of destabilisation of its most serious competitor in the field of energy supplies to Europe and Israel.

Azerbaijan levererar olja och gas till Österrike, Bulgarien, Tyskland, Grekland, Italien, Spanien, Irland, Portugal, Rumänien, Kroatien och Tjeckien. År 2022 nådde volymen av Azerbajdzjans gasleveranser till EU 12 miljarder kubikmeter, och det kommer att fördubbla importen av naturgas till 2027.

Azerbaijan also provides 40% of Israel’s energy needs.

The “Republic of Artsakh” is a puppet formation of the Kremlin

Sedan den 12 december har azerbajdzjanska miljöaktivister varit demonstrera on the highway from Lachin. They do not confront the Russian military, but they do not allow natural resources to be taken out of Karabakh – actually, they do not allow Russia to steal the natural resources of Azerbaijan. Eco-activists and representatives of NGOs demand to stop the illegal exploitation of Azerbaijani resources and damage to the environment. From this peaceful action, Vardanyan deliberately inflates a “humanitarian catastrophe.”

Som rådgivare till chefen för Ukrainas president Mikhail Podolyaks kontor noterade, the “crisis” in the Armenian enclave of Karabakh is artificially inflated and incorrect data on the size of the Armenian population in Azerbaijani Karabakh are used to escalate it. The media noise fanned by Vardanyan drowns out the legitimate protests and demands of Azerbaijan and its eco-activists. To reinforce the legend of the “crisis”, the påståenden används som den armeniska befolkningen i Karabach påstås vara 120,000 människor. Enligt centrala ukrainska medier, “the real population of the Armenian enclave in Karabakh can be no more than 40,000 … That is, in the zone of control of the Russian military contingent, the number of the Armenian population of Karabakh is 3 times overestimated.”

The stories about the “humanitarian catastrophe” and “blockade” are a preparation for the Kremlin’s appearance as a “Big brother” on the scene with ready-made Russian passports for the population of the pseudo-republic, just as it happened in occupied Crimea. After the “referendum” on the same Crimean model suddenly Azerbaijani Karabakh will find itself a Russian territory.

But the Kremlin’s plans are not limited to Karabakh. Vardanyan is destined for a more significant role – he should replace Pashinyan, who has made a choice in favour of a pro-Western position. As the Versiya tidningen noted in September 2022, “Ruben Vardanyan claims to be the new national leader of Armenia, and in the future he may even become president.” On 15th October 2022, the Armenian newspaper Hraparak wrote: “Vardanyan wants to actively participate in the Armenian political processes in the near future, not just in the next parliamentary elections, but also as a candidate for Prime Minister’s post. This is Moscow’s official plan, which is sponsored by the Russian Federation. Vardanyan is being promoted as a successor to the current government of the Republic of Armenia.”

Thus, Armenia will be under Moscow’s total control and also potentially Tehran’s. The Ayatollah’s regime has already stated that “Armenia’s security is equal to the security of the Islamic Republic.” Recently it was upptäckt that Iran’s support for the Russian war against Ukraine was undertaken through Armenia. Iran Air Cargo, a subsidiary of Iran Air, flew from Yerevan’s Zvartnots International, a civilian airport, to Moscow, carrying missiles and drones. 

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