“Why is it that young men committing hooliganism, beatings and rapes are mostly sons of government officials, businesspeople and law-enforcers, rather than, say, scientists, musicians or teachers?” “Aravot” asks rhetorically. “The answer is clear. Because rulers’ kids are brought up in a certain value system.” The paper says they inherit a culture of impunity prevalent among their fathers and follow it in “more cynical and impudent ways.”
“Zhamanak” says the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) has always expressed readiness to help President Serzh Sarkisian “remove Robert Kocharian’s factor from the political agenda” and faults Sarkisian for not accepting that offer. The pro-HAK daily says that Sarkisian needs that factor to blame his failings on his predecessor. “When something doesn’t work, Serzh Sarkisian recalls Kocharian’s rule,” it says.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says that none of the facts mentioned in U.S. diplomatic cables publicized by WikiLeaks are new to Armenians. “The people of Armenia knew well that the elections were rigged, that Robert Kocharian was ready to use the army against the people with all its might, that the Constitutional Court decision [upholding the 2008 election results] was taken in the presidential palace and so on,” writes the pro-HAK paper. The only thing revealed by the leaked documents is that “the Americans also know the truth,” it says, adding that the United States and the broader international community has done business with Sarkisian because they don’t care about democracy and rule of law in Armenia.
“Furthermore, it is beneficial for them to have a vulnerable president of Armenia because in that case they would more easily exert pressure and achieve their goals,” claims “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.”
Gevorg Poghosian, chairman of the Armenian Sociological Association, tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that the HAK will likely resume its dialogue with the government. “It’s very good that mutually antagonistic political forces negotiate, but we don’t know the subject of these negotiations,” he says. “If the subject of their debates and negotiations is the problems that preoccupy citizens of our state, then why is all this happening behind the closed doors?” The only plausible explanation, according to Poghosian, is that the two sides negotiate over “totally different things.”