7or.am carries an interview with Edik Baghdasarian, the editor of the Hetq.am publication that has accused Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian of secretly co-owning a shadowy company registered in Cyprus. Baghdasarian calls “absurd” Sarkisian’s decision to ask prosecutors to investigate what the premier has denounced as false claims. Baghdasarian says the prosecutors should have launched an inquiry even before Sarkisian’s demand. “We have already written that we hope the prosecutors will use our article as a crime report,” he says. “And note that we are not yet done with publishing that article. It was only the first article.”
“Zhamanak” says that despite their promises of better governance Armenian authorities have signaled no changes in their policies and actions since the end of the yearlong electoral cycle. “Of course one month is absolutely not enough to demonstrate, so to speak, the effect of the best period to the public,” comments the paper. “But this time was certainly enough to take at least one telling and spectacular step for making the society confident that the authorities will substantially change the nature and quality of their actions. One compelling evidence would have been enough for the society to have some expectations of change … However, the messages received [from the government] testify to the opposite. The society is being given price rises, and the authorities are merely urging people to work in several places.”
Andrey Areshev, a Russian political analyst, assures “Aravot” that Sergey Kurginian, an ethnic Armenian pundit strongly supporting Russia’s government, did not convey any “messages from the Kremlin” when he visited Yerevan and made controversial statements there this week. “Russia is a fairly democratic country where people are free to express various opinions,” says Areshev.
“The Karabakh economy lags far behind Armenia’s economy but we have managed to narrow that gap in recent years,” Ara Harutiunian, Nagorno-Karabakh’s prime minister, tells “Irates de facto.” “It can be said that we are in a common economic zone. We have the same problems that exist in Armenia.”