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The wife of Yuri Bakhshian, the deputy speaker of the Armenian parliament murdered in the October 1999 massacre, tells "Hayots Ashkhar" that she continues to believe that the killing of eight senior officials had been masterminded by some powerful forces. Anahit Bakhshian says they could not find someone better placed to do the job than Nairi Hunanian. They "hypnotized" Hunanian so heavily that he stubbornly insists that the decision to storm the parliament was entirely his. She also says that Hunanian and his henchmen must face the death penalty for their bloody actions. She says she is worried that the jailed gunmen might be set free by the country's authorities some time in the future.

"Or" attacks the Armenian foreign ministry for what it sees as an excessively soft reaction to the recent mistreatment of Armenians in Russia and Israel's seizure of land belonging to the Armenian Apostolic Church. The paper believes that this policy only encourages more acts of discrimination against Armenians in various parts of the world. "Today we are witnessing the impotence of our diplomacy," it writes.

Meanwhile, Armenia's consul-general in Saint-Petersburg, Ruben Hakobian, refutes in "Hayastani Hanrapetutyun" reports that vandals have desecrated the gravestones of two prominent Armenian-born scientists in Russia's second-largest city. Hakobian says he visited the cemetery and found that
none of about a hundred gravestones vandalized by unknown thugs last week belonged to Armenians. Hakobian says he believes that the recent "manifestations of extremism" in Russia are not specifically directed against Armenians, but are a "general phenomenon which is, of course, dangerous."

"Golos Armenii" makes the point that no Armenian politician should expect to be as popular as the late Karen Demirchian was for the simple reason that the majority of Armenians have seen only impoverishment since his removal from power in 1988. For one thing, they will not vote for former president Levon Ter-Petrosian, under whose rule the country plunged into a sever economic crisis.

(Hrach Melkumian)
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