“Zhoghovurd” dismisses the upcoming international audit of the Electric Networks of Armenia (ENA) company which President Serzh Sarkisian announced at the weekend in response to continuing street protests in Yerevan. The paper claims that the ENA exposed corruption among its senior executives in its financial statements filed with Armenian regulators. It says what the authorities should do to is to launch a criminal investigation into the ENA’s fraudulent operations. An audit would make sense only after such an inquiry, concludes the paper.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” is critical of Sarkisian’s statement that the Armenian government will subsidize the energy tariffs for the time being. The paper argues that Armenian taxpayers will thus foot the extra cost of electricity supplies in the country. By contrast, it says, Sarkisian’s decision is highly beneficial for Russia.
“Sooner or later, the authorities will have to present their program regarding how to solve the electric network’s problems because the [promised] audit is just a general concept for the moment,” “Aravot” writes in an editorial. “The protesters, for their part, must think about what else they are going to offer apart from folk dances and songs.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports and comments on the antics of the Armenian police chief, Vladimir Gasparian, during his almost daily contacts with protesters remaining on Yerevan’s Marshal Bagramian Avenue. “The Internet is flooded with video clips using his tirades like ‘Sober up!’ ‘Get out of my sight!’ ‘Live peacefully!’ ‘Come to your senses,’ ‘You haven’t seen a real use of force,’ ‘I’ll pull off your skin!’ ‘One must be a little crazy’ and the like,” writes the paper.
“Zhamanak” dismisses Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian’s complaints about pessimistic economic forecasts made by critics of his government. “Of course, the prime minister himself is not complaining, unlike the public, because his businesses are thriving, because his son’s political career is on the rise,” writes the paper.