“Hraparak” quotes Ashot Grigorian, the chairman of a coalition of Armenian Diaspora organizations in Europe, as saying that Armenia risks becoming part of Russia if the situation in the country remains unchanged in the next few years. The paper says Grigorian issued this warning at the coalition’s conference held in Brussels this week. It says a declaration adopted at the forum deplores widespread injustice and corruption in the country.
“No matter how much Serzh Sarkisian’s administration tries to distract the people’s attention from the country’s acute socioeconomic woes with various tools ranging from publicity shows by [pro-government] activists’ to open letters [to Russian President Vladimir Putin,] that will not have lasting effects,” writes “Zhoghovurd.” “For a hungry person cannot forget for a long time that they are hungry. Therefore, the people will not forget public promises of 7 percent economic growth, salary rises and so on that were given by the head of state. When Serzh Sarkisian’s administration comes up with various justifications of its failure to ensure that growth or why wages are not rising the people automatically recall Serzh Sarkisian’s famous September 2012 speech about the inadmissibility of plundering public resources, kickbacks [paid in state procurements] and the need to catch ‘big fish.’”
“Zhoghovurd” claims that that speech was never taken seriously by the state apparatus because not a single senior government official has been prosecuted on relevant charges. “Serzh Sarkisian knows better than anyone else that the big fish, or rather sharks, are in his entourage,” it says.
“Aravot” says Armenians angry about writer Zori Balayan’s calls for Russia to take over Nagorno-Karabakh should primarily blame themselves. “In the last 22 years we have failed to instill in our people and society a sense of state dignity and responsibility for their own destiny,” writes the paper. “Otherwise, nobody would have paid attention to Zori Balayan’s letter.”
Citing the Kremlin’s press office, “Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that the Russian presidential administration has received Balayan’s letter and promised to look into it.