“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” reports that the price of Russian natural gas delivered to Armenia is likely to rise by 50 percent by next year. The paper claims that such a price hike would “paralyze” public transportation in Armenia, the energy sector and industrial enterprises using gas. “Everything will immediately become more expensive and the socioeconomic plight of the population will immediately deteriorate,” it predicts gloomily, blaming the Armenian government for that.
The pro-opposition daily also points out that the price hike will come ahead of the February 2013 presidential election. “This means it is Russia that will decide whether or not Serzh Sarkisian can be reelected,” speculates “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” is also worried about a gas price rise, saying that this coupled with “a second wave of the global economic crisis” will carry “serious risks” for Armenia. The paper too notes those risks could “create much more difficult problems inside the country than the possible outbreak of a regional war through air strikes against Iran or in another way.” It recalls the “energy crisis” in the country that was sparked by the Russian-Georgian war in August 2008.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” carries an interview with Spartak Seyranian, a senior member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), on a party conference that began its work in Yerevan on Friday. Seyranian dismisses media reports that the conference will be very tense because many party members are angry with the Dashnaktsutyun leadership in Armenia. He says that such speculation has preceded just about every Dashnaktsutyun gathering held in the past. Asked whether serious changes in the party’s governing body are possible, Seyranian replies, “The conference will decide whether the composition of this Supreme Body will remain the same or will be completely changed.”