“Hayk” claims that those who thought that Armenia’s deputy chief of police, lieutenant-general Hovannes Varian was fired for political reasons are wrong. Quoting its sources, the paper writes: “Varian was fired from his job for hooliganism. A few days ago, Armenia’s chief of police Hayk Harutiunian invited Hovannes Varian to his office and in a very mild tone told him that he, Varian, would not anymore oversee traffic police, but one of his deputies would take charge instead. On hearing that, experienced Varian could not check his emotions as he talked back using offensive language. Hayk Harutiunian, naturally, could not stand the insult and slapped his deputy in the face. According to the information we have, Varian returned the blow and the ensued fight was stopped only due to the interference of police workers.”
“168 Zham” writes that it is not a secret to anyone that Armenia’s double-digit economic growth is mainly ensured at the expense of the construction sector. In this regard the paper asks a question: will construction continue to grow at the same pace? And it immediately provides the answer: “No, the volumes of construction will not grow at the same rate. This trend is obvious already today, and it is understandable. It is mainly residential buildings that are being constructed in Yerevan today and the number of the population does not grow. Who will they build for?”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” presents the anecdotal reply of authorities to the Constitutional Court enquiry on how many citizens of Armenia are currently outside the country. “A killing answer signed by Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian was provided, putting the number of citizens who are now outside Armenia at 4,931.” Basing on this official figure, the daily makes simple calculations. For instance: “According to the data of the Central Bank of Armenia, residents of Armenia received private transfers from abroad worth a total of $1.5 billion. If we assume that the official figure of Armenian citizens abroad is correct, then it turns out that each of the 4,931 Armenian citizens officially staying abroad sent to his or her relatives about $300,000.”
“Aravot” remembers that during the pre-election campaign the leader of the Prosperous Armenia Party, Gagik Tsarukian, repeatedly stated: “Tsarukian needs nothing, Tsarukian has everything. Tsarukian cares for people.” “This is another stereotype according to which being in power or having a post is a bad thing, something to be ashamed of, and the negative moral consequences of it can be offset only with material goods. This is how society and officials themselves perceive state service,” the paper concludes.
Artist, painter and teacher Arman Grigorian writes on the pages of “Zhamanak Yerevan”: “All that we consider to be European, values coming from Europe, the conservatives in Europe consider as something that came from the East. I can bring one example: women in Armenia had suffrage earlier than women in France.”