After the mayor’s office announced the commissioning of another 63 new buses the day before, the authorities were probably seriously concerned that Hayk Marutyan’s rating could rise to an “unacceptable level” and expressed strong dissatisfaction with the mayor. “It turns out” that Marutyan, who took up his post through the State Duma, a year ago “strayed” from the “only correct path”, has suspicious connections with Artur Aleksanyan and Seyran Ohanyan, and in general the State Duma (that is, Pashinyan) will soon decide what to do with this ungrateful official. By an interesting “coincidence” the next day, bus drivers went on strike, demanding higher wages.
Politically, for me, Marutyan is as ardent a “Bolshevik” as most of Pashinyan’s entourage. He, in particular, has “copyright” for dividing society into “blacks and whites.” His image reminds me a little of Sergei Kirov, the head of Leningrad in the early 1930s, who was no different from other Stalinist leaders (for example, he was a member of the “troika”).
But thanks to his personal charm and mastery of oratory, he enjoyed a certain popularity among Leningraders, which, of course, aroused Stalin’s jealousy. In the end, Kirov was killed, and this murder caused massive repression.
Fortunately, we live in a more humanistic era, and the weapon of modern Armenian Bolsheviks is compromising evidence. It can be assumed that in the near future there will be information that the city is in a terrible state (in fact, this is not the case, the work of the municipality can be estimated at three). It is also possible that Silva Hambardzumyan will declare that she gave a bribe to Marutyan.
However, let’s leave politics. As a person using public transport in Yerevan, I don’t care if Marutyan from the State Duma, the ARF or the reorganized hnchaks. I need to stand in the transport at full height, and not like a “chess horse”. I need to have something to breathe while standing, so that when approaching a bus stop there is no need to “clear the road to the driver” to pay for the fare, I need to buy uniform travel cards for all types of transport (including the metro) and not think about it every time. I dream that at least a quarter of a century later, Yerevan will finally be able to put into operation a new metro station in Ajapnyak.
If all this happens, other important issues of concern to the residents of Yerevan will be resolved, I will understand those residents of the capital who will vote for Hayk Marutyan in the municipal elections, regardless of which party lists he will be nominated for. I have previously had the opportunity to write about the differences in the logic of local and national elections.
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