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Armenian Communist Party

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Leader  Tachat Sargsyan
Newspaper  Hayastani Komunist
Headquarters  Yerevan
Ideology  Communism Russophilia
Armenian Communist Party
Founded  29 July 1991 (registered)
Membership  18,000 (self-claimed, 2006)

The Armenian Communist Party (Armenian: Հայաստանի կոմունիստական կուսակցություն, ՀԿԿ; Hayastani Komunistakan Kusaktsutyun, HKK) is a communist party in Armenia. It considers itself the successor of the Communist Party of Armenia of the Soviet Union. It is the main communist party in Armenia and claimed 18,000 (mostly elderly) members in 2006. HKK publishes Hayastani Komunist and Pravda Armenii.

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It should not be confused with the historical Communist Party of Armenia during the Soviet era, nor with Armenian Communist Party of the new independent Republic of Armenia and its follow-up Democratic Party of Armenia.

Leaders

The title of the party leader is First Secretary.

  • 1991–1999: Sergey Badalyan
  • 2000–2005: Vladimir Darbinyan
  • 2005–2014: Ruben Tovmasyan
  • 2014–present: Tachat Sargsyan
  • Ideology

    The party has was described as "staunchly pro-Russian" by the US-funded RFE/RL in 2002. In 2011, party members marched through downtown Yerevan towards the square named after Stepan Shahumyan, an early Armenian communist revolutionary. They held banners reading “Socialism”, “Long Live the Communist Party of Armenia”, “Down with Capitalism”, “Forever with Russia”. It leader, Ruben Tovmasyan, stated: "History has proved that Armenia cannot live without Russia. The moment the Russian flag stops flying in Gyumri [a reference to Russian troops stationed in Armenia] Armenia will start moving towards its end as the enemy will be quick to attack us. The Communist Party of Armenia has always been in favor of consolidation among fraternal peoples." At a 2006 rally the slogan was "Down with America, Always with Russia."

    The party supported the creation of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and in 2013 welcomed Armenia's accession into the EEU as a "prelude to the restoration of the Soviet Union."

    In the 1999 parliamentary election the party's programme included:

  • Armenia's transformation into a parliamentary republic
  • rejection of Western-style market reforms
  • socialism that embraced a mixed economy, including private property
  • close ties with Russia
  • Nagorno-Karabakh’'s recognition as a subject of international law
  • Armenia's accession into the Russia-Belarus Union (the party did not explicitly call for the recreation of the USSR)
  • Support base and election results

    The party remained a significant political force in the 1990s under its charismatic leader Sergey Badalyan, who died in 1999. In a 2004 For Official Use Only telegram on Armenian political parties, US Ambassador in Armenia John Ordway wrote that the party has "fewer than 50,000 members country-wide (most of them quite elderly)" and that it "is no longer especially influential."

    It has contested in every parliamentary election, but has failed to pass the 5% threshold since 2003.

    References

    Armenian Communist Party Wikipedia


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