Armenian papers hail the national team's victory in the Chess Olympiad with headlines like “Well done, guys!” “Armenia a chess superpower,” “An unprecedented achievement of Armenian chess.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun,” however, uses the victory to take a swipe at Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian. “We advise Serzh Sarkisian to deal only with chess from now on,” says the paper. “He is very good at it. Chess is also politics. And if Serzh Sarkisian deals only with chess, both chess and politics will benefit from that.”
“Although Armenia has drastically regressed in almost all areas during Robert Kocharian’s rule, Kocharian’s continued hold on power is primarily dangerous in terms of the Karabakh issue,” writes “Taregir.” “You might remember that the Karabakh issue was the issue that helped him become president of Armenia.” The paper claims that the negotiating process has since been transformed into a mere “formality.” “The only real thing that exists on this front is a danger of war.”
“Golos Armenii” subjects former parliament speaker Artur Baghdasarian to harsh criticism. “A society of fear which the former speaker keeps talking about was in reality created by himself in a state institution called parliament,” writes the paper. “Betrayal, gossips, intrigues, inactivity have become the key elements of the parliament’s day-to-day life. Open any parliament door [and you will see] boys and girls playing computer games or cooking coffee. Of course, this was also the case before Baghdasarian.” But Baghdasarian’s predecessors, says the paper, “did not to make the [parliament] staff partisan.”
“Aravot” reports that Deputy Defense Minister Manvel Grigorian threw a party on June 1 for members of his Yerkrapah Union which ended up in violence. The paper says trouble broke out after some of them began signing a song that glorified the mustachioed army general. “It is said that the general’s bodyguards were infuriated by the fact that not everyone sang this song. And so the latter were beaten up.”
“168 Zham” reports that former Education Minister Sergo Yeritsian has still not been given the promised job of a presidential adviser on education-related issues. The paper quotes Prime Minister Andranik Markarian as denying that Yeritsian, who defected from the Orinats Yerkir party last month, was cheated by the Armenian authorities. “I didn’t promise him anything,” says Markarian.