Armenian Communist Party

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Armenian Communist Party
Hayastani Komunistakan Kusaktsutyun
Leader Tachat Sargsyan
Founded 29 July 1991 (registered)[2]
Headquarters Yerevan
Newspaper Hayastani Komunist
Membership 18,000 (self-claimed, 2006)[3]
Ideology Communism
Pro-Russia
Political position Left-wing to far-left
European affiliation None
International affiliation International Meeting of Communist and Workers' Parties
Continental affiliation Union of Communist Parties – Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Colors Red
National Assembly
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The Armenian Communist Party (Armenian: Հայաստանի կոմունիստական կուսակցություն, ՀԿԿ; Hayastani Komunistakan Kusaktsutyun, HKK) is a communist party in Armenia. It considers itself the successor to the Armenian branch the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. It is the main communist party in Armenia and claimed 18,000 (mostly elderly) members in 2006.[3] HKK publishes Hayastani Komunist and Pravda Armenii.

It should not be confused with the historical Communist Party of Armenia during the Soviet era, nor the Democratic Party of Armenia, a party founded by the last secretary of the Communist Party of Armenia, Aram Gaspar Sargsyan.

Leaders[edit]

The title of the party leader is First Secretary.

Ideology[edit]

The party widely uses the Flag of the Armenian SSR as its symbol.[1]

The party was described as "staunchly pro-Russian" by the US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in 2002.[4] 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”. Its 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."[5] At a 2006 rally the slogan was "Down with America, Always with Russia."[6]

In 2001 the party and several thousand supporters advocated Armenia's membership into the Union State of Russia and Belarus.[7] They continued the campaign for Armenia's membership into the union with Russia and Belarus in 2002.[8] The party supported the creation of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU)[9] and in 2013 welcomed Armenia's accession into the EEU as a "prelude to the restoration of the Soviet Union."[10]

In the 1999 parliamentary election the party's programme included:[11]

Support base and election results[edit]

The party remained a significant political force in the 1990s under its charismatic leader Sergey Badalyan, who died in 1999.[10] 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."[2]

It has contested in every parliamentary election, but has failed to pass the 5% threshold since 1999. In 2003 the party accused the government in "mass falsifications."[12]

Parliamentary elections
Year
Party-list
Constituency /total
Total seats
+/–
Votes
%
Seats/total
1990
No party-list system
136/259
136/259
Steady
1995
93,353
12.4%
6/40
4/150
10/190
Decrease126
1999
130,161
12%
8/56
2/75
10/131
Steady
2003
24.991
2.1%
0/56
0/75
0/131
Decrease10
2007
8,792
0.7%
0/90
0/41
0/131
Steady
2012
15,899
1.45%
0/90
0/41
0/131
Steady
2017
11,745
0.75%
0/105
0/105
Steady

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Հայաստանի կոմունիստները համագումար են անում" (in Armenian). A1plus. 29 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b Ordway, John (30 July 2004). "Party Primer: Top Armenian Political Parties". WikiLeaks. Archived from the original (For Official Use Only) on 2015-12-22.
  3. ^ a b Gevorgyan, Siranouish; Grigoryan, Marianna (3 November 2006). "Red Remembrance: Bolshevik revolution anniversary kindles nostalgia for diehards". ArmeniaNow.
  4. ^ Zakarian, Armen (14 October 2002). "Russian Communists To 'Help Ease Anti-Armenian Tensions'". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Darpinian, who is the first secretary of the staunchly pro-Russian Armenian Communist Party (HKK)...
  5. ^ Khojoyan, Sara (30 November 2011). "Reviving Red?: Armenian Communists mark Sovietization anniversary amid USSR reintegration calls". ArmeniaNow.
  6. ^ Galoyan, Arman (4 May 2006). "Communists: against the U.S." 168.am. 168 hours.
  7. ^ Saghabalian, Anna (16 May 2001). "Communists Demand Union With Russia, Belarus". RFE/RL.
  8. ^ Khachatrian, Ruzanna (5 September 2002). "Armenian Communists Suspend Campaign For Joining Russia-Belarus". RFE/RL.
  9. ^ "Armenia's decision to join Customs Union is revolutionary – Communist Party". news.am. 11 September 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Better Red Than Dead: Armenian, Russian Communists see EEU as their program". ArmeniaNow. 1 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Report on Armenia's Parliamentary Election May 30, 1999". Washington, D.C.: Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. 1 September 1999. p. 7. Archived from the original on 2015-09-05.
  12. ^ Avoyan, Shakeh (30 May 2003). "Armenian Communists Protest Election Fiasco". RFE/RL.