By Tamara Gasparyan
Photos by Armen Simonyan
16-11-2017
“Corruption is not genetic, if each of us is aware of it and fights against it”
Corruption is not genetic. The authors of a comic book are certain about this.

The book shows a collective image of a family and identifies the cases of corruption in various sectors in Armenia. Those cases can be seen at home, in schools, on the streets, in offices and at hospitals. The participants are various members of the family, and a member of the same family, the young person fighting against corruption, is in the axis. Each of the heroes participating in corruption tries to justify his act and considers it the only way out of the given situation. Nevertheless, they are neither good nor bad heroes. In the book, we also see a lecturer, who assures his son that one can fight against corruption by not giving or taking a bribe. The last page of the book shows the young person ten years later. He has stayed true to his ideas.

“We grew up in a family that encouraged corruption, but when I was aware of what it was, I tried to fight against it. Corruption is not genetic, if each of us is aware of what it is and fights against it,” the boy says, and the sister takes pride in him.

“We wanted to speak out about the cases of corruption in daily life and show what people do to create a corrupt society. All the characters of the book are collective characters, meaning the book shows how an average person or citizen applies various measures of corruption,” co-founder and President of Eyva Foundation for the Arts Lia Mkhitaryan said during the presentation of the book.

According to the authors, the book is mainly addressed to young readers, but is also suitable for schoolchildren. It was published as part of the “The Art of (Anti)Corruption” and is aimed at raising awareness about corruption, educating people and informing them about the consequences of corruption. The initiators are Eyva Foundation for the Arts and Impact Hub Yerevan.

According to the Criminal Code of the Republic of Armenia, corruption is a criminally punishable crime.