“Aravot” says that there exist “different types of traitors” for Armenian nationalists. Those include people who spend their summer vacation in Turkey or want “normal relations” with Armenia’s neighbors. The paper says that French-Armenian singer Charles Aznavour also risks being branded a traitor because of performing at the inauguration of a newly renovated medieval fortress in the Georgian city of Akhaltsikhe. Critics say that he will be singing in front of Turkish government officials and a mosque repaired with Turkish funds. The paper says that instead of berating Aznavour they should campaign for the restoration of similar Armenian monuments. “Perhaps in that case Aznavour will sing in our country as well,” it says.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” comments on Russia’s recently announced decision to simplify procedures for granting citizenship to residents of all former Soviet republics, including Armenia. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that that will be a top priority for Moscow. The paper is worried that many Armenians will apply for Russian citizenship after the adoption of a corresponding Russian law. That would presumably make it easier for them to work in Russia on a permanent or seasonal basis. “And that means the huge out-migration from Armenia will become even more large-scale,” claims the opposition daily. “Besides, there will emerge a situation where a large part of the population has Russian citizenship.”
“Unemployment is the key problem for not only Syrian Armenians who have come to Armenia but also Armenia’s citizens,” writes “Zhoghovurd.” “Having stayed here for a while, our Diaspora compatriots are starting to get a taste of the problems that have for decades dogged Armenia’s citizens.”