Armed Men Storm Armenian Police Station

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  1. Pathfinder

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    Armenia police station stormed in Yerevan with hostages taken

    An armed group has stormed a police station in Armenia's capital, Yerevan, taking hostages and calling for the release of "political prisoners".

    One policeman has been killed.

    The group released a video demanding opposition leader Jirair Sefilian and a number of others be freed, and urging supporters on to the streets.

    Mr Sefilian has strongly criticised President Serge Sarkisian and his handling of the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

    The CivilNet newspaper identified the group as the Daredevils of Sassoun and said its members had released a video in which they say: "Dear friends, citizens, Armenian nation, it has begun, we are doing this for you... Go out to the streets!"

    CivilNet said seven policemen were being held hostage but this has not been independently confirmed. The group was quoted as saying it would retaliate if attacked and had no intention of surrendering.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36818929
     
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    US involvement in Armenian Standoff Questioned

    A two-week standoff in Armenia's capital Yerevan ended Sunday after all 20 gunmen inside a police station surrendered. However, political debate has heated up in some circles over possible U.S. involvement in triggering the demonstrations. The armed attack in Yerevan, which coincided with the failed coup attempt in Turkey, in which some claim the U.S. was involved, set off massive protests across the country, left two police officers dead and many wounded, including opposition protesters. Some experts think that the two-week standoff was a power struggle between Russia and the U.S. Even though the public's focus in Armenian is in on its own government rather than outside powers, some say that the domestic unrest has more to do with Russia and the U.S. and their influences on Armenia.

    http://www.dailysabah.com/asia/2016/08/02/us-involvement-questioned-in-armenian-standoff

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    Armenia would not fall under US influence because Armenia is a fully pledge Russian ally, but I doubt the US will get involved with Armenia.
     
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    I think so too. Very difficult to penetrate into Armenia. State institutions are under full dependence of Russia. I think even us or Europe does not have control of Armenian diaspora, they only use them against Turkey when they want to play genocide card.

    However US infiltration into Armenia would be desired, every country wants influence somewhere.
     
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    Armenia won't fall under US influence for the simple fact Armenia has closer ties with Moscow and Russia has a base there.
     
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