“Kapital” reports that the ArmRosGazprom national gas operator continued to top the list of Armenia’s leading corporate taxpayers in 2010 despite a more than 10 percent drop in taxes paid by it. The business daily blames the drop on a further rise in the price of Russian natural gas for Armenia, which took effect in April 2010. “According to company data, the company’s gas sales fell by 18 percent to about 1.4 billion cubic meters last year,” it says, adding that the government lost about 2 billion drams ($5.5 million) in tax revenue as a result. On top of that, the government spent about 6 billion drams on compensating low-income families for the price hike.
“Yerkir” notes the fact that the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) supported former President Robert Kocharian during his rule and, citing some analysts, says it might cooperate with the pro-Kocharian Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) in the 2012 parliamentary elections against President Serzh Sarkisian’s Republican Party (HHK). “These two forces could be joined by other parties and authoritative individuals, who had cooperated with Kocharian during his presidency and now criticize government policies,” says the paper controlled by Dashnaktsutyun.
Interviewed by “Hayots Ashkhar,” Khosrov Harutiunian, a pro-Sarkisian politician, downplays the BHK’s weekend merger with two much smaller parties. Harutiunian says the latter only want to get parliament seats for their leaders on the BHK ticket. “They will give [the BHK] nothing. They will only take,” he says.
“Aravot” quotes Grigor Amalian, chairman of the National Commission on Television and Radio (HRAH), as saying that he and other commission members “deeply regret” the fact that deaf television viewer are no long able to watch special programs that were aired by the recently closed ALM TV station. “We at the same believe that [the closure] did not violate the deaf and dumb population’s right to receive information as other TV companies also air programs with Armenian subtitles,” Amalian said in a written reply to an appeal from a group of ALM supporters.