The former head of state has left his urban government residence and gone to live in a village so as not to live near revolutionary leader Nikol Pashinyan
Former President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan has left the government mansion where he continued to reside after his resignation.
Sargsyan resigned in April of this year during the Velvet Revolution, which brought Nikol Pashinyan and his revolutionary government to power.
The Sargsyan family have until recently lived in the same neighborhood where Nikol Pashinyan, the current acting prime minister, also lives.
Where did Sargsyan move to?
Serzh Sargsyan moved to Dzoraghbyur village located a few kilometres from Yerevan, in the Kotayk region. The Armenian media reported that Sargsyan’s son-in-law, Mikayel Minasyan, owns a dacha there. Dzoraghbyur is known in Armenia as a village of elite villas.
Sargsyan was given the government-owned residence after he resigned as prime minister. Nikol Pashinyan, who was elected prime minister after the velvet revolution, stated that Serzh Sargsyan, being the third president of Armenia, needed to be allocated a state living space within a month. However, after this statement, the Armenian media spread the message that Serzh Sargsyan refused all the options proposed to him.
The reactions of social media users
Social media users found Sargsyan’s move rather comical:
“Finally, someone will give up politics and get involved in agriculture.”
“Poor guy, he doesn’t even have his own summer cottage, he will live at his son-in-law’s cottage. Wow, he robbed the whole country, but he never built a home.”