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Press Review


Vache Sarkisian
Armenian newspapers carry commentaries on yesterday’s killing in Yerevan city center. "Yesterday’s killing should be a wake-up call for the Armenian law-enforcement agencies", government newspaper “Haiastani Hanraputiun” writes. In order to restore the public confidence, the government should effectively solve the crime and punish criminals without delay.

The public expects speedy and adequate countermeasures, “Azg” writes in today’s commentary. People are being killed in the street during daylight and public could soon get used to it. Yerevan is a crime-ridden city. The previous crimes that still haven’t been solved are contributing to a new wave of criminal acts, the paper concludes.

People are becoming indifferent towards horrible criminal acts, “Hayots Askharh” writes. Terror takes it’s toll. You better don’t show up, you better close your eyes on what is going on. Hopelessness and desperation are everywhere, which contributes to lawlessness. Killing is no longer a unique phenomena. People are being killed because it is possible to kill. “The state is no longer capable to protects its taxpayers, “Hayots Askharh” complains.

“Aravot” joins its voice to the chorus of infuriated Armenian newspapers saying that settling the differences with the help of firearms has become usual thing in Armenia. Authorities as usual promise to solve the crime but nothing happens.

“Haikakan Zhamanak” also believes that Armenia is becoming accustomed to the street killings. Killings don’t surprise people anymore. It is just painful, the paper writes. They know exactly who is the killer (of the dean of the faculty of Russian studies). The only thing that they should do is just to go and ask the proxies of “Hanrapetakan” or “Oriants Yerkir” parties what connection do they have with the faculty of the Russian studies.

The feast of plunderers is taking over Armenia, “Ayb Fe” writes. The government, which was formed by criminals, unruly, ugly and illiterate people, is a cheerleader of the feast. The paper quotes colonel of the security forces in Armenia, Garnik Markarian, who believes that the state security bodies are not working efficiently. “The state agencies are not working, there is no resistance and that alone could explain the whole situation that we are in today”, colonel said.
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