“Iravunk” suggests that the latest meeting of the presidents of Russia and Armenia, Vladimir Putin and Robert Kocharian, in Sochi, did not bypass the issue of the internal political developments in Armenia, including the issue of Kocharian’s successor. The paper’s source reveals that during that discussion Putin undiplomatically stated to Kocharian: “Russia does not consider Serzh Sarkisian as your successor.” The paper also cites a source close to the Armenian president’s administration according to which this opinion was brought to Sarkisian’s notice and, according to the paper, “Sarkisian said that he had decided everything for himself a long time ago.”
In a “Hayots Ashkhar” interview, Christian-Democratic Union leader Khosrov Harutiunian urges the political forces and parties that intend to participate in the next parliamentary elections to publish the names of the members of their ‘shadow cabinets’. “If political parties act like this, the public will start to appreciate more the necessity of having a political team and our political life will considerably improve, as the public will begin to view parties not through their leaders alone, but also through other candidates on their slates.”
Citing its sources, “Aravot” writes that “it is several days that the competition between the ruling Republican Party (HHK) and the newly established Prosperous Armenia party has shifted from the political framework onto the level of ‘strongmen’s’ verbal fights and quarrels.” According to the daily’s sources, ‘strongmen’ in Armenia have divided into two camps. Those who sided with Prosperous Armenia have close links with the underworld and accuse supporters of the HHK of ‘treachery’.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” announces that the Forum of Intellectuals plans a meeting in early September during which it is going to publish a list of corrupt senior officials having close links with criminals. In this connection, a member of the Forum, “Homeland and Honor” party leader Garnik Markarian tells the paper: “We will publish the names of all billionaires and millionaires and will explain the way they earned their money. We will publish different abuses and wrongdoings committed by officials that have been hidden from the public at large to date. To avoid accusations of slander, we will naturally present grounds substantiating every single word we say.”
On the same subject, “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” writes: “It is beyond doubt that the United States is aware of how much money high-level officials in Armenia make on shadow dealings, what they own, how they acquired their property, and one can say with confidence that each of them can be arrested on the basis of this evidence.”