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“It seemed to Raffi Hovannisian that if he is kind and tolerant … if he does not insult others, they will also not do that to him,” writes “Hraparak.” “But it turned out that Biblical commandments do not work in the modern world and the authorities and part of the opposition are not quite in a kind mood. It turned out that even a person on hunger strike is not spared in our country. Hardly a day goes by without the publication of articles containing insults and ugly attacks directed at him.”

“Hayots Ashkhar” says that Hovannisian began on Monday a third post-election tour of Armenia’s regions aimed at drumming up popular support for his campaign. Hovannisian visited on Monday towns in the Syunik, Vayots Dzor and Ararat regions and will make similar trips to other provinces on Tuesday and Wednesday. “It is not quite clear what he is thereby trying to achieve,” comments the pro-government paper. “It is evident that fewer and fewer people gather at his rallies.”

“168 Zham” also notes modest attendance at Hovannisian’s rallies held on Monday. “But one cannot conclude from that that the movement led by Raffi is dying down because his earlier meetings held in the provinces before and after the presidential elections were just as poorly attended,” writes the paper. “The elections showed that people’s presence in the street is not directly connected with their attitudes. There might even be an opposite correlation between the two. In many regions where few people attended [Hovannisian’s] rallies Raffi beat Serzh Sarkisian on election day. Especially in the regions citizens are scared of possible persecution by local authorities and avoid taking part in those meetings.”

Citing government data, “Haykakan Zhamanak” says that foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Armenian economy dropped by 8 percent to about $752 million in 2012. “At the same time our economy received $142 million in investments from offshore zones. This is up by over 14 percent from the same indicator in 2011,” says the paper. It concludes that Armenia is becoming less attractive to “pure” foreign investors and more attractive to other investors of dubious origin. Those investors are mostly Armenian, according to “Haykakan Zhamanak.”

(Tigran Avetisian)
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