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“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” claims that President Serzh Sarkisian will fail to attract financial assistance or investments from wealthy Armenians in Russia during his latest visit to Moscow. “True, after the sacking of [Moscow Mayor Yuri] Luzhkov many of the Armenian businessmen in Moscow are thinking about running away,” says the pro-opposition daily. “But there is no influx to Armenia. They are mainly going to Ukraine.” It says Sarkisian will therefore fail to persuade them to save Armenia from an “economic catastrophe.”

Gagik Melikian, a parliament deputy from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that Azerbaijan is trying to scuttle the Karabakh peace process ahead of the OSCE’s December summit in Astana, Kazakhstan. “Progress will require a political will from the parties,” he says of a fresh meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents due to be held there. Azerbaijan’s Ilham Aliyev lacks such a will, claims Melikian.

“People who could create something in Armenia -- even a manufacturing business employing ten people -- are leaving the country not because they are hungry and cannot get by but because … they are sick and tired of illegalities, corruption and favoritism,” “Aravot” writes in an editorial. “People want things to be cleat-cut and unambiguous. They want to be guided by laws, rather than expediency, which was always the norm in the Russian Empire.” The paper believes that the situation is much better in neighboring Georgia where it says few high-ranking government officials take bribes and embezzle public funds.

“Hraparak” reports on a fowl disease outbreak in Shaghat village in southeastern Syunik region. “Villages throw dead chickens into a nearby river,” says the paper. “Locals presume that the disease has reached their village from neighboring Bardzravan village. According to Bardzravan’s mayor, Drastamat Navasardian, all the chickens in his village have died in the last one and a half months.”

(Tigran Avetisian)
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