On December 9, 2017, during the meeting dedicated to local self-government and territorial administration bodies RA President Serzh Sargsyan stated in particular:
“It's not a secret that many community heads abuse their position and use it for incomprehensible and unacceptable revenues, from the fact that they have been expropriating the lands belonging to communities in different ways, showing disrespect towards community budgets. I do not go in details as this conversation is very unpleasant to me. One thing I just want to say. We have been very forgiving to community heads. We have been forgiving because we considered that this institution should develop and some bad manifestations can be possible during this period.”
This statement was unequivocally accepted and much criticism was sounded that in this way corruption in the local self-governance system was encouraged at the highest level.