“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that a group of Armenian environment protection activists have found evidence of illegal hunting during a visit to the Khosrov forest reserve in southern Armenia. “Their video demonstrates that the Khosrov forest reserve has become an expensive hunting site,” the paper says, adding that wealthy hunters get away with illegally killing endangered animals there. It points out that even entering the forest without government permission is illegal.
“Aravot” is convinced that the individuals who hunted and partied at Khosrov were “deputies, ministers or generals.” “Normal people would not even think about such savagery,” the paper says in an editorial. It says that instead of pledging to investigate the poaching, Environment Minister Aram Harutiunian has questioned the credibility of the video and photographs circulated by the environmental activists. “The reason is very simple,” it says. “Because he feels and perhaps knows that that was the work of his teammates: deputies, ministers or generals.”
Citing anonymous sources, “Hraparak” claims that President Serzh Sarkisian refused to meet with businessman Ruben Hayrapetian after the emergence earlier this month of fresh scandalous comments attributed to the owner of Yerevan’s now-infamous Harsnakar restaurant. The paper says Hayrapetian is upset with the snub.
“Hayots Ashkhar” is bewildered by the lack of interest shown by most Armenian parties in local elections held across the country this month. The paper says that the elections were a great opportunity for opposition forces to make good on their promises to “heat up” the country’s political life. It says this stance is all the more “weird” given the fact that Armenia will hold a presidential election in less than four months from now.
“Armenia’s government system is such that there are no local government bodies,” counters “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” “There are only [government] agents obliged to keep the incumbent president’s power intact on the ground. This means that in case of winning [an election] in any community the opposition has two options: either to cooperate with the authorities for the sake of that community or to revolt against the authorities together with the whole village. Both options are unacceptable. Therefore, something can be changed in the country through national elections.”