Locals Interested Into Anything But Politics Such As Andre’s Success

Fotis Konstantopoulos reporting from Athens (Greece)

oikotimes.org, Greece
June 14 2006

source: Armenian News Network – photo: oikotimes resources

If you think that the Armenians worry about the NA chairman’s
resignation, the current failure of Karabakh negotiations in Bucharest
or Dollar inflation, you are mistaken. Anyway, according to the APR
Group phone polling /from 7-9 of June among 652 Yerevan citizens/
our citizens aren’t interested in it. The sociologists have asked the
citizens to mention the most important events of last period and 37%
of them first of all mentioned the victory of Armenian chess players
in the Chess Olympiad in Turin, 24,8% mentioned the crash of A320
airbus, 22,9% mentioned Andre’s success in Eurovision.

The above-mentioned political events have gathered less than 5 %. And
even the violence used against Armenians in Russia are in the first
place for 5,4%. I wouldn’t hurry to accuse people of being "heartless"
or "lumpened".

Maybe the reason is that people became sure during 15 years that
they don’t have any lever for having influence on the policy and
being interested in a thing which has no connection with you, isn’t
reasonable at least. By the way mentioning the reason of considering
important the chess players and Andre 54,8% and 19, 5% of citizens
said that it was the proud and honor of the Armenian nation. It is
also important that 92,5% of citizens who consider important Andre
belong to feminine gentle. We asked APR Group tube interested what
Yerevan citizens think of violence used against Armenians in Russia.

First of all we should mention that 35% wasn’ t informed about it or
wasn’t engaged in that problem. And the opinions of the reasons of that
violence were different. 27,8% citizens think that it is a policy which
Russia carries out, 19,8% is sure that those are accidental cases, 16%
refer it to Russian chauvinism and 15,1% think that it is a slander
addressed by other countries against Armenian-Russian relations.

Some citizens being very sorry for those incidents anyway suppose
that it will help repatriation and some part of the eldest generation
remembered that they had met Russian chauvinism since the Soviet
period. And indeed, I myself living first 30 years of my life in Soviet
"international" period heard " Armyashka" word at that time.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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