True providential man or false prophet? Who is Mgr Bagrat Galstanyan, the archbishop who restores faith to Armenians

True providential man or false prophet? Who is Mgr Bagrat Galstanyan, the archbishop who restores faith to Armenians
True providential man or false prophet? Who is Mgr Bagrat Galstanyan, the archbishop who restores faith to Armenians

PORTRAIT – For ten days, this archbishop has been mobilizing the Armenian crowds against the current Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyan, accused of selling off national sovereignty for the benefit of the Azerbaijani enemy.

This article comes from “Figaro Magazine”

In the situation of distress that the three million Armenians have been experiencing for several years marked by two grueling military defeats against Baku, his emergence in the media and on the political scene aroused a hope as crazy as it was sudden. Primate of the diocese of Tavush (a region of northern Armenia, bordering, on its eastern flank, with Azerbaijan), Mgr Bagrat Galstanyan wears the costume (in this case, a strange white cassock which makes him look like a Indian master guru) of the providential man. From the savior of a nation on its knees, divided… and very religious.

Worried about the decision of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who, as part of peace negotiations with neighboring Azeri, agreed to cede four villages in Tavush without compensation, the cleric joined a local protest movement on May 4: residents refusing to abandon their ancestral lands, as more than 100,000 Armenians had to do…

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