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If you're looking for some good news from a faraway land, here's a tale of Armenia's "velvet revolution," which just deposed a corrupt, authoritarian government and installed a team of eager young reformers to govern a tiny nation perilously bordering Russia.The squeeze on Armenia, from its neighbors and domestic power brokers, could undo the gains of the bottom-up protest movement that toppled the long-entrenched, pro-Moscow government of Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan.For now, there's something of a festival atmosphere here, as Armenians enjoy the aftermath of what the new Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, described to me as a "revolution of love and solidarity". In a nation whose political identity is tied to its tragic history, Sarksyan wisely chose the latter: On April 23, the day before the annual commemoration of the 1915 Ottoman Genocide that killed more than a million Armenians, Sarksyan resigned.That's partly because Pashinyan declared, as he told me, that his movement had "no geopolitical agenda".Russian President Vladimir Putin could still make life very difficult for the new Armenia.
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