“What is happening to Vartan Oskanian now is also the result of the fact that for many years he served government structures carrying out such actions,” Andranik Kocharian, a prominent opposition figure, tells “168 Zham.” Those actions, he says, include the March 2008 crackdown on post-election opposition protests in Yerevan. “Today it doesn’t matter to me if those actions [against Oskanian] are being taken illegally or legally,” he says. “I very much want Vartan Oskanian, who is responsible for the current state of those structures, to go and fight for justice in Armenia’s existing judicial conditions.”
Interviewed by “Yerkir,” Rustam Gasparian, a parliament deputy from the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), says the timing of the criminal proceedings against Oskanian is “strange.” “It is also strange that the criminal case was opened on May 25, the day after the BHK announced that it will not form a new coalition with the Republicans,” he says.
Speaking to “Hayots Ashkhar,” Vartan Bostanjian, a former BHK parliamentarian, praises Gagik Tsarukian’s party for supporting the new parliament leadership nominated by the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK). “That fully fits into the constructive stance adopted by the party,” he says.
“Aravot” quotes Ara Zohrabian, deputy chairman of the Armenian Chamber of Advocates, as criticizing the Court of Cassation for allegedly failing to substantiate its frequent decisions not to even consider overturning lower court rulings. But as Vartan Harutiunian, a human rights activist, tells the paper, this is not the fundamental problem of the country’s judicial system. He says Armenian courts of all instances remain tightly controlled by the presidential administration.
“Today [Armenian] nationalism is practiced by people who have no idea about it,” Arkmenik Nikoghosian, a literary critic, tells “Zhamanak.” “Today ideologies have become tools for bragging in the hands of certain people,” he says. “Some people use them to accuse others.”