“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says an international study has found that there are more than 10,000 persons in Armenia who can be considered modern-day slaves. “It is hard to say what methodology they used to calculate such a figure,” comments the paper. “But broadly speaking, the number of slaves in Armenia is much larger. Assuming, of course, that a slave is not a shackled plantation or quarry worker but someone who works day and night for a pittance, who cannot even eat three times a day, who is obliged to carry out any order issued by his master, and who is denied the right to move freely. There are many, many such people in Armenia.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” believes that the Azerbaijani government has reacted more adequately to the mistreatment of an Azerbaijani man in Russia accused of committing a murder, which triggered riots in a Moscow suburb, than the Armenian authorities did when an Armenian driver who caused a deadly traffic accident was humiliated in a similar fashion by Russian authorities this summer. Unlike official Yerevan, Baku has sent a diplomatic note of protest to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
“The Armenian Foreign Ministry did not send a note to Russia. The Armenian presidential administration was also silent, and it still is,” writes “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “The comparison is more than telling. The comparison is not in Armenia’s favor,” it says.
“Zhamanak” comments on the implications of fresh personnel changes in the Armenian security apparatus made by President Serzh Sarkisian. The latter replaced two deputy chiefs of the national police and a deputy prosecutor-general this week. The paper says Sarkisian is looking for ways to ensure that the Armenian security agencies remain utterly loyal to him. It says the latest appointments suggest that he still does not fully trust them.
“Aravot” reports that members of Armenia’s parliament will soon have a code of ethical conduct aimed at ensuring that “they show a bit more restraint on the parliament floor and in the parliament lobby.” The paper is highly skeptical about the impact of the code, saying that most parliament deputies are inherently incapable of respecting ethical norms. “Look at the faces of most of our deputies and see whether they can meet such requirements,” it says.