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“Haykakan Zhamanak” reflects on the “Revolution of Values” attempted by the now jailed radical opposition leader Shant Harutiunian and his supporters this day a year ago: “What Harutiunian and his supporters did, of course, was controversial in terms of the action, but we think that they certainly had good intensions. After all, they showed one thing: they are not going to put up with the reality of today’s Armenia. And that was, perhaps, the greatest message of the November 5, 2013 protest.”

“Zhoghovurd” is surprised that no political party in Armenia has expressed any serious concern about the ‘compromise’ that Armenia was said to have reached with the founding members of the Eurasian Economic Union before signing the treaty on joining the trade bloc on October 10. “Considering [Kazakh President] Nursultan Nazarbayev’s previous statements in connection with Armenia’s borders and Karabakh it is not difficult to assume what kind of compromise he was talking about at the Minsk summit. But, as it turns out, no one in Armenia is concerned about it,” the paper says.

“Zhamanak” comments on the initiative to open “young Yerkrapah [defender of the homeland]” clubs at secondary schools across Armenia, for which allocations will be made from the state budget: “We can clearly say that public money will again be squandered under the name of patriotism, in other words, it will be treason under the name of patriotism, as wasting taxpayer money is one of the forms of treason.”

“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” interprets yesterday’s statement by Minister of Urban Development Narek Sarkisian that there is no need for any additional housing construction in Armenia’s second largest city of Gyumri as a sort of admission that the country is at the stage of “liquidation” because of the continuing out-migration. It, in particular, quotes the minister as saying that there are more homes for sale in Gyumri than people who are on the waiting list to receive housing [after the 1988 earthquake]. “In other words, there is no need to build additional housing in a city where more than half of the homes are empty anyway,” the paper concludes.

(Tigran Avetisian)

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