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“Hraparak” comments on opposition claims that Armenia’s leadership is falling apart and will soon have to call snap elections. “The very fact that the [Armenian National] Congress, which has been extremely passive in the last six months, is again trying to regain its past activity and has taken on a positive role in the political field is welcome,” editorializes the paper. “A country can not be on the right track if it has no radical opposition.”

“Kapital” notes that Armenia was the first former Soviet republic aligned in the Collective Treaty Organization (CSTO) to ratify an agreement on the creation of a CSTO rapid-reaction force. The paper claims that the agreement clears the way for Russian security forces’ legal involvement in government crackdowns on the Armenian opposition. “Besides, Russia may force Armenia to send Armenian troops to other hot spots,” it says. “At the moment those hot spots are Ossetia, Abkhazia, Chechnya, Dagestan, the Tajik-Afghan border as well as a number of hypothetical places that have a concentration of forces antagonistic towards Russia.”

“A feudal system is being restored in Armenia these days,” Stepan Danielian, a civil rights campaigner, tells Lragir.am. “We have territorial feudals, feudals embodying various state institutions as well as feudals of various goods and services. We have a prince of flour, a prince of sugar, princes of the judicial system, the prosecutor’s office and customs bodies and the like. A state reform must eliminate the feudal system. They must be replaced by civil servants accountable to us.”

In an interview with “Zhamanak,” Artsvik Minasian, a parliament deputy from the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), accuses the Armenian government of doing everything to drive self-employed people and small entrepreneurs out of business. “Some people seem to like the model of economic monopolies,” says Minasian. “They are trying to gain dominant positions in every sphere. This is the third degree of oligarchy … The government does not even deny that and claims, while presenting just about every bill to the National Assembly, that that will lead to [business] consolidation.”

(Aghasi Yenokian)
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