“Hayots Ashkhar” contends that most Armenians distrust the findings of election-related opinion polls conducted by local pollsters. The pro-government paper also disagrees with those findings, accusing opposition politicians of trying to “raise their ratings by means of fraudulent polls.” “And because supporters of former President Levon Ter-Petrosian are particularly active on this issue, it is becoming obvious that they are not sure about their candidate’s high rating. Furthermore, they need bogus numbers to lead Ter-Petrosian to believe that the people dream about his comeback.”
“168 Zham” reports that Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian will fly to Moscow on a working visit later this month. “According to well-informed sources, this visit coming just months before the Armenian presidential elections will naturally not be confined to economic issues,” says the paper. “Understandably, an attempt will be made to bring clarity to the Russian ruling elite’s approaches to Armenia’s approaching elections. That is why serious work is underway to organize Serzh Sarkisian’s meeting with not only Russia’s new prime minister but President Vladimir Putin during the visit.”
“Zhamanak Yerevan” comments on Prosecutor-General Aghvan Hovsepian’s Wednesday announcement that law-enforcement will soon set up a special task force charged with tackling corruption among senior government officials. The paper claims that the body’s main job will be to collect “compromising material” against top officials. “What keeps the prosecutor-general from solving crimes committed by high-ranking officials now, given his sweeping powers?” it asks.
“Aravot” carries a front-page picture of Hamlet Abrahamian, a member of the Central Election Commission representing the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), issuing orders to workers at a construction site in downtown Yerevan on Wednesday. “When he noticed that he is being photographed, Mr. Abrahamian was first taken by surprise and left the site shortly afterwards,” says the paper. “It is not clear what he has to do with the construction of this ‘elite’ building.” What is known, it says, is that the building is constructed by a company belonging to a brother of Russian-Armenian tycoon Ara Abrahamian.
“Hayk” reports that another oligarch, Gagik Tsarukian, has fallen out with Murad Guloyan, a fellow businessmen and member of his Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK). “Guloyan, using his friendship with Tsarukian, has given serious promises to a number of individuals on behalf of Tsarukian and is now unable to fulfill them,” the paper says, adding that the BHK leader got furious when he found out about that. It also notes that Guloyan is known for his ties with the governing Republican Party of Armenia.