“The New Year is nearing and we are becoming naïve and trying to erase from our lives everything that has hampered us,” editorializes “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” “We are acting like kids believing in fairly tales … The only possible and right phenomenon in the country is a fight for freedom. A difficult, step-by-step and seemingly futile but endless and steadfast fight for the country and the future of the children. The children whom we haven’t spoiled yet.”
Vahagn Khachatrian of the Armenian National Congress (HAK) assures “Haykakan Zhamanak” that the quick release of all “political prisoners” remains the key issue on the opposition alliance’s agenda. He says the authorities will continue to free the oppositionists remaining in jail in the coming months. The pace of that process depends “how much pressure there will be from within [the country] and abroad,” adds Khachatrian. “We are obliged to do everything for that. We must now do more … The existence of political prisoners is also the shame of international organizations,” says the former Yerevan mayor.
The online journal 7or.am reports that Armenia will import 300,000 tons of wheat from Ukraine in line with an agreement signed by the governments of the two former Soviet republics. Robert Provdin, a top representative of a Ukrainian company that will implement the contract, is quoted as saying that Ukrainian corn and fodder wheat will also be shipped to Armenia next year.
News.am reports that a home visit of a Santa Klaus impersonator on the New Year’s night would cost Armenian families with small children between 10,000 and 80,000 drams ($28-220). The fees charged by various private agencies depend on the cost of Christmas gifts for children, the location of visited apartments and the length of time the Santa Klaus has to spend there. “People are mostly ready to pay the set price,” one agency manager is quoted as saying. “Our research shows that they do that without any qualms.”