“Zhamanak” comments on Armenian police chief Vladimir Gasparian’s warning issued to rival “clans” in Gyumri on Thursday. “Time will tell whether or not the criminal era in Gyumri is over,” writes the paper. “But hardly anyone will disagree that that era should have come to an end long ago. At the same time, one cannot help but wonder how and why those clans have grown and held sway in Gyumri and then turned into criminal and criminal-partisan units. Should relevant state structures turning a blind eye to this be held answerable?”
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” reports that Gasparian has fired a deputy chief of the police department of Yerevan’s Nor Nork district in connection with an assault on a journalist during Mayor Taron Markarian’s campaign rally held there this week. “It’s a very touching decision,” the paper comments with sarcasm. It says Gasparian should have also opened a criminal case against Ashot Papayan, the alleged assailant affiliated with the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK). “After all, it was he who interfered with the journalist’s work,” it says.
Emergency Situations Minister Armen Yeritsian, who tops the list of the Orinats Yerkir Party’s candidates in the May 5 mayoral elections in Yerevan, tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that government officials whose children break laws must be sacked. “If a particular official is unable to maintain order in his family how can he do that in his workplace?” argues Yeritsian. “After all, the foundation of our state is the Armenian family, and if an official notices that his son defies the law why shouldn’t he bang his fist on the table?”
“Orakarg” says the Yerevan-based troubled chemical plant Nairit is continuing to face an uncertain future. The paper quotes Energy and Natural Resources Minister Armen Movsisian as saying that the Armenian government is currently discussing a possible relaunch of its production operations with Russia’s leading oil company, Rosneft. “He hopes that there will be clarity on the plant’s future in the next two months,” says the paper.