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Since the Great Armenian Revolution of 2013, there have been a flurry of news reports. Who did what, who hit whom, who was at fault and, my favorite, which country’s special forces and police were present.
In the daily CivilNet English-language digest yesterday, it was reported that some were alleging that Russian special forces were present at the protest because of Russian-language clothing on officers (at 2:22 below).
Aravot Daily, which makes a sport of creatively presenting news headlines and exaggerating anything that has the potential to make the government look bad, published an article, entitled (quotes theirs), “In addition to Russian special mission units, there were also the U.S. service special agents at the Mashtots Avenue”.
That was distilled from a response to:
“[…] the question of why they brought detachments of the Russian special mission units to the Mashtots Avenue […]”
So: Russian on police clothing = possibility of Russian special forces in Armenia. Gotcha.
So: cops with the light blue stripes across their backs that have “POLICE” imprinted on them (below), in English = American/British/Australian/Canadian(<-lol) police in Armenia. Right?
It is admittedly proved that there was Russian written on police clothing, but there are a few more pieces of evidence that seem to skip the reporter’s mind who was asking the question:
:10, there is an Armenian flag on officer’s (#1) sleeve
:13, there is an Armenian coat of arms on officer’s (#2) hat
:24, there is an Armenian flag on officer’s (#3) sleeve
Unless, of course, this was a ploy to take Armenian-looking Russians and dress them up in police clothing with Russian on it but with Armenian symbols to utterly confuse the living hell out of anybody who looked at them.
In which case, the reporter asking the question is wholly justified.
By the way, the answer to the question above that was posed by the reporter?
“Not only Russian special mission units, but also Mossad and British Navy, the U.S. Central Bureau of Investigation servicemen were there, late at the end, our partners from Indonesia arrived.”
Courtesy of Ashot Aharonyan, head of the Police’s Public Relations and Information Department.
Indonesians: always late to the party. But they can do whatever they want because they have this guy:
Who looks a lot like a guy who actually can do pretty much whatever he wants.
Except get Republicans to like him. But I digress (like whoa).
In other news, in an interesting article by Hetq, Aravot is one source (out of two) cited about media professionalism and ethical reporting in Armenia.