It has been a constant since the mid-1990s to expect an election marred by fraud in Armenia. If the fraud has not been visible (ballot stuffing and all), it has just been of the invisible type (I pay you this amount of money and you go and vote for me). The claims of fraud, justified or not, have ended sometimes in violent ways; one may remember the storming of the National Assembly building and the beating of its speaker in 1996 or, even more unjustified, the death of 10 people (eight demonstrators and two policemen) on March 1, 2008 in the repression after ten days of peaceful demonstrations.
We will not comment on the events in Armenia after the presidential election of February 18, 2013, as they are still evolving. Suffice it to say that they showed a very strong performance by the main opposition candidate, Raffi Hovannisian, who officially obtained 36.75 percent of the votes, against 58.64 of the incumbent, President Serge Sargsian. Denunciations of fraud have been made—we assume that, justified or not, there may be some grounds for them--and heavily crowded meetings at Freedom Square have followed, including the support of some opposition forces that had neither participated in the election not thrown their support behind Hovannisian, namely the Armenian Revolutionary Federation and the Armenian National Congress.
People have started to fill mailboxes with their conspiracy-theory rants, as the one who had sent the following morning-after pill: