“Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” and “Aravot” carry the full text of a new political manifesto of Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia party. The extensive document says that the party was set up to “serve the people, ensure a decent life for them and make its contribution to the prosperity of our fatherland.”
“The most worthy candidate is Gagik Tsarukian, he must be elected president of the country,” an Armenian voter is quoted by “Zhamanak Yerevan” as saying. “The guy has a stature, he takes care of the people.”
“They say that in Soviet times he tried to make money by repairing TV sets,” “Hayk” says, referring to Prime Minister Andranik Markarian. “But he did not have much success. According to our information, he does not personally own businesses.” But, says the paper, he does have an expensive house in central Yerevan.
“Aravot” sees a sharp contrast between the list of Armenia’s wealthiest citizens published by the Armenian edition of the “Forbes” magazine and the list of the country’s 300 largest taxpayer regularly released by the State Tax Service (STS). If one is to believe the STS, the richest Armenian businessman is Barsegh Beglarian of the Flash fuel importing company, rather than Gagik Tsarukian. The latter may be topping the “Forbes” list, but is only 76th in the STS rankings. As for top government officials also rated by the magazine, the STS data shows that only one of them, Transport and Communications Minister Andranik Manukian, is a millionaire.
Stepan Demirchian tells “Taregir” that he never dreamed about becoming an opposition leader when he was young. Asked whether he now dreams about becoming Armenia’s next president, he replies: “First of all, I was effectively elected president of the republic in 2003. This is not what I think about day and night.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” reports that U.S. movie star Sylvester Stallone plans to produce a film about the 1915 genocide of Armenians that would be based on Franz Werfel’s famous book “Forty Days of Musa Dag.” The paper says Stallone told “The Denver Post” newspaper to promote the epic about the “extermination of Armenian civilization.”