“Azg” complains about Armenians’ traditional lavish spending on food that precedes their celebration of the New Year. “I know people who have eaten badly in recent weeks so that they can eat copiously during the holidays,” writes its editor-in-chief. “I also know people who don’t know how to surprise not only their but others’ stomachs. For such people, being economical is a strange idea invented by equally strange people.”
“Whenever the current situation in Armenia and issues and challenges facing it are discussed, it is very often pointed out that not only the current President Serzh Sarkisian but former Presidents Levon Ter-Petrosian and Robert Kocharian are responsible for that,” writes Lragir.am. “They also rigged elections, restricted political and civil liberties, hampered freedom of speech, relied on security structures, rather than the public, in political matters and so on.” But says, the online journal, Ter-Petrosian’s and Kocharian’s responsibility lies “on the theoretical plane” which is less important that the “practical responsibility” born by Sarkisian.
“At issue is the existing situation,” continues Lragir.am. “Changing it is an even greater issue. Therefore, the question of responsibility for changing the existing situation is more important and vital than the question of responsibility for the existing situation.”
Citing the Russian news agency Itar-Tass, Aysor.am reports that the Georgian Airways airline has said that it will not be able to complete technical preparations in time for this week’s resumption of air flights between Russia and Georgia. A company spokeswoman is quoted as explaining that Russian authorities gave the green light to the flights only on Monday evening. She says that Georgian Airways will start flying to Moscow and Saint-Petersburg on January 6.