“Certainly such things may happen in all countries and on a larger scale,” “Azg” writes in an editorial on the assassination of Gevorg Mherian, a deputy chief of the Armenian police. “The difference is, however, that even in a country like Italy such incidents are followed by effective actions by security bodies and, sometimes, resignations, a mobilization of responsibility, an open talk with and explanations to the public and, finally, the identification of culprits years later. But here there has only been a short statement: a criminal case has been open and an investigation is underway. Words that do not address a public sense of danger.” The paper says Armenians are well aware that most high-profile killings committed in the country have not been solved.
“Hayots Ashkhar” reports that the team of investigators charged with the case has a number of theories. One of them is that Mherian’s murder was an act of revenge for his past or present professional activities. The paper says the investigators also do not rule out the possibility that Mherian was shot dead because of his private relationships.
“Aravot” reports that two members of the Armenian delegation at the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) have met in Tbilisi with representatives of the organization’s Venice Commission to discuss the upcoming amendments to Armenia’s Criminal Code. “We discussed how we see changes in those articles,” one of them, Avet Adonts, is quoted as saying. “We will probably have something concrete to present [to the Venice Commission] in 7-10 days,” he says.
Eduard Sadoyan, an economist and former finance minister, tells “168 Zham” that the government and the Central Bank are wrong to use Armenia’s hard currency reserves to shore up the value of the national currency, the dram. “We should have allowed the dram to depreciate smoothly a long time ago,” says Sandoyan. “One day we won’t be able to maintain this stability. There is no need to lose our external reserves. We will need them badly.”
“Kapital” is worried that Russia will demand “political” concessions in return for extending a large anti-crisis loan to Armenia. “Let us recall that Armenia had to hand over a number of strategic [industrial] facilities to Russia in payment for a $100 million debt,” says the paper.