“The question of ‘political prisoners’ can be discussed during a confidential conversation, rather than rallies and media interviews, let alone at international organizations, to whom our parties like appealing,” writes “Hayots Ashkhar.” The paper suggests that a pardon is the best and most face-saving way for the Armenian authorities to free opposition members remaining in jail.
“In Armenia, any issue pertaining to politics is solved not within the legal framework but in Serzh Sarkisian’s office,” claims “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” The opposition daily says the decision on whether or not to free the political prisoners, allow A1+ to resume broadcasts or let the opposition to hold rallies in Liberty Square will also be made in the same office.
“Zhamanak” comments on Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili’s statement that Georgia will never resort to military action to regain control over South Ossetia and Abkhazia. “Thus, a new situation is effectively emerging in the South Caucasus, with the Nagorno-Karabakh remaining the only regional conflict,” says the paper. It says Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev will hardly publicly renounce the use of force against the Armenians. “That seems possible only in one case: if Azerbaijan, like Georgia, tries to resort to hostilities in the conflict zone and … is forced to come to terms with the status quo,” speculates the paper.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that the State Revenue Committee (SRC) has recalled its permanent tax representatives to over two dozen large companies suspected of tax evasion. They were deployed there in July and given access to the companies’ books and financial transactions. “Until recently, the tax representatives visited those companies on a daily basis. They went there in the morning and returned in the evening. But as was widely predicted, time has shown that the work of those representatives is absolutely meaningless. Taxes collected from those companies have not increased.” The paper goes on to claim that the authorities have no “desire to fight against the shadow economy.” “What is more, the authorities live off that economy,” it says.