“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” says that by granting an amnesty to dozens of arrested opposition members the Armenian government would admit that they are political prisoners. The opposition paper says that if they are really criminals, as is claimed by the ruling regime, then the amnesty should extend to other convicts serving prison sentences for serious crimes.
“Hraparak” reports that opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian’s son David is still in the United States. “Although David Ter-Petrosian very much wants to return to Armenia, his loved ones, including Levon Ter-Petrosian, are against his return and are urging him to stay in the United States of America,” says the paper. It says a growing number of oppositionists are wondering “why Ter-Petrosian sent his son to a safe place, while they and their families live in a real atmosphere of danger and persecutions.”
“Azg” reports that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made clear on Wednesday that Russia will not retreat from the South Caucasus. The paper says this might explain why Medvedev hosted the November 2 talks with the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” writes that unlike his predecessor Robert Kocharian, President Serzh Sarkisian has “resources” to drag out a resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
In a separate report, “Haykakan Zhamanak” says that pictures of Felix Dzerzhinsky, the founder of Bolshevik Russia’s infamous VChK secret police, can still be found in the offices of Armenia’s National Security Service.
“Aravot” reports that an aide to Martun Grigorian, Gyumri Mayor Vartan Ghukasian’s main challenger in the recent mayoral election, was stabbed on November 1. The paper claims that the 28-year-old Artak Manukian was attacked by a nephew of Ghukasian.