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“Zhamanak” sees another alarming consequence of continuing emigration of people from Armenia. “It’s like a government,” explains the paper. “It dominates the public mood and reproduces itself. That is, those who emigrate are creating corresponding sentiment, potential émigrés. Emigration is like an epidemic.”

“Hraparak” says the Yerevan municipality is keen to “rapidly restore its lost authority.” “Every day the municipality’s press service issues several press release showing just how energetically [Mayor] Taron Markarian is working, how he is touring neighborhoods, inaugurating new playgrounds and gardens, cleaning up the capital, organizing free healthcare, inviting children to visit the Yerevan zoo 1 free of charge on August, handing out 8,700 books to Yerevan libraries and schools and, most importantly, calling a tender for public transport routes as if to say, ‘Are you criticizing me? Come and take and operate the bus routes,’” writes the paper. “Of course 80 percent of this is just a show. There is no real work hidden behind it. Nor will the situation in Yerevan change as a result of that.”

“But there is one good thing about this,” continues “Hraparak.” “The official and the agency headed by him are worried about their reputation. They are trying to improve it, win over the capital’s residents, and prove that they are not as bad as the public thinks as a result of recent events. And this means that public opinion is becoming important in our country as well.”

“Aravot” comments on Nagorno-Karabakh army commander Movses Hakobian’s “false” claim that former President Levon Ter-Petrosian for the first time visited Karabakh in 1996, two years after the end of the war with Azerbaijan. The paper say it fits into the strategic “concept” espoused by Ter-Petrosian’s successors and aimed at denigrating his crucial role in the Armenian military victory over Azerbaijan. It believes that such lies are damaging not for Ter-Petrosian and his entourage but “our national self-consciousness.”

“Of course, it is not possible to live without legends,” adds “Aravot.” “Levon Ter-Petrosian and his fans too have their mythology. According to it, from 1990-1998 constitutional order in Armenia was respected, the government was not corrupt, elections were free and fair, nobody was persecuted for their political views, and there was freedom of speech and assembly.”

(Tigran Avetisian)
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