A photo campaign launched by the pro-government youth group Miasin (Together) has touched off a debate in Armenia about the nature of justice. Heightening passions on both sides of the question is the fact that the debate revolves around one of the country's most pervasive social ills -- corruption.
Yerevan residents on March 12 were surprised to see large, color photos of some 30 well-known professors hung on Yerevan State University buildings, near metro stations and at other busy gathering-places around the city. The photos all featured a blazing caption: "Bribe Takers."
Some passers-by studied the faces with curiosity; others tore down the photos and called their appearance "shameful."
"This reminds me of the Stalin regime of 1937. Those were times when people were charged without any grounds," said an angry Yerevan State University Rector Aram Simonian at a news conference the same day.
Few Armenians argue publicly with the group's intent to battle corruption. But many are questioning Miasin's methods.
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Gayane Abrahamyan is a reporter for the ArmeniaNow.com weekly in Yerevan.