It is not customary in Armenia to criticize those who deal with the problem of Nagorno-Karabakh. It is considered cowardice, weakness, and betrayal to critically reflect on the “achievement” of bloodshed. The politicians have succeeded in convincing the Armenians in the republic itself and outside it that it is possible to live in conditions of blockade and deficit, it is enough just not to pay attention to it. An occupation is not considered as such if it is carried out on “sacred historical lands”, and the fate of millions of refugees is presented as a coincidence.
Against the background of the mythical “struggle between good and evil”, the Armenian society stopped noticing the distortions of the regional policy, which is camouflaged as “good for Karabakh”. For example, in Armenia and on the territory of the so-called “NKR” they try not to speak out loud about who has become rich thanks to the unsettled conflict. “Businessmen have restored Karabakh” – this is the unofficial slogan of the local “elite”. We are talking about successful business projects – these are agricultural enterprises Karabakh Gold, which were previously headed by Arayik Harutyunyan (the current so-called head of the unrecognized NKR), business projects of Vartan Sirmakes, construction business of Artur Sargsyan, ore mining at the enterprises of Valery Mezhlumyan, as well as trade business of businessman Samvel Karapetyan.
The secret of success is in the development of “government orders” and the absolute absence of competition. Karabakh has long been divided among several players. The greenhouse conditions allowed them to monopolize the entire economic space of occupied Karabakh, turning the Armenian community of the region into an affordable and low-paid labor resource, for which the only alternative could be emigration – this is the Karabakh “economic miracle”.
Do businessmen who are accustomed to existing conditions need peace? Most likely not, because it is easier and safer to invest in yourself and your future, merging business and politics. Although this is not a revelation for the Armenian society, it is necessary to talk about it so that in the endless whirlpool of half-truths of Armenian diplomacy there is no room for hypocritical words about the universal striving for peace. Obviously, there are forces in Armenia and occupied Karabakh for which the world is of no business interest.
Moreover, it was not only the monopolies that were not interested in de-occupation of the region. Over the entire period of confrontation, the Armenian army has become one of the most corrupt structures. Military entrepreneurship in Armenia is not discussed, since it destroys the idealized image of the Armenian military, who stands at the borders of the “ancient civilization”. How many units of small arms disappear from army depots every year will never be said on Armenian television. But the military knows about it, and even better the national criminals.
Warehouses in the occupied territories of Karabakh are not subject to monitoring by the OSCE mission. Heads of food warehouses, clothing and fuel and lubricants can consistently conduct trading activities, staying in the shadows for a long time. The military themselves are in no hurry to disclose the real numbers of thefts, to conduct internal investigations and do not even disclose the names of their colleagues.
Against the background of an unresolved conflict, it is very easy to hide the real costs and purchases provided for by the military budget, the volume of which can increase an unlimited number of times, especially after the next escalation.
This policy is conditioned by impunity, since the occupation authorities are confident in the steadfastness of the status quo, and the non-recognition of the self-proclaimed regime does not frighten the leaders of Armenian separatism. Unfortunately, over thirty years in Armenia, a public request for the settlement of the Karabakh conflict has not been formed without any special preconditions. The Armenians are accustomed to constantly hearing about alleged security threats, but they have learned to demand from those in charge of the world.