“Zhamanak” believes that President Serzh Sarkisian’s decision to set up a new powerful law-enforcement agency testifies to his distrust of Armenia’s security apparatus. The paper claims that Sarkisian is now keen to tighten his control over various bodies conducting criminal investigations. “This means that either Serzh Sarkisian has serious problems with the work of the existing bodies -- namely, he suspects them of taking some steps against him -- or he is gearing up for a big inner-governmental operation,” it says. The paper also sees a “danger of all-out repressions” in Armenia.
“This is a fairly serious structural change, the reason for which is not being given to the public by the authorities,” writes “Zhoghovurd.” “Ordinary citizens do not understand what will change in Armenia with the creation of this body.” The paper is sure that the authorities will hardly bother to enlighten them because “they have long stopped being accountable to the public.”
“168 Zham” comments on reports that the European Union has decided to facilitate imports of Moldovan wines after they were banned by Russia in retaliation for Moldova’s refusal to join the Russian-led customs union. “The events unfolding over Moldova demonstrate that if Armenia signed the Association Agreement with the EU and faced the toughest economic sanctions by Russia the EU would rapidly open its market even to those Armenian products that do not quite meet European standards,” claims the paper. “But Armenia has opted for the customs union, effectively losing access to the 500 million-strong European market.”
“Hraparak” reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend early next month an event in Moscow marking the 10th anniversary of the Union of Armenians of Russia, an organization led by pro-Kremlin businessman Ara Abrahamian. The paper says this is the official reason why Putin was conspicuously absent from the recent inauguration of an Armenian cathedral in Moscow. It says that an Armenian government delegation headed by Serzh Sarkisian will also take part in the upcoming ceremony.