“Haykakan Zhamanak” suggests that the recent court decision to take Syunik’s controversial governor Surik Khachatrian’s son Tigran into two-month custody over his alleged involvement in a violent incident is a step aimed at “easing the tensions”. “The authorities realize that from time to time they need such steps, otherwise an explosion will be unavoidable and the situation is likely to get out of control… So, this decision is a temporary way of isolating one of the likely explosion spots. That’s why many consider it to be just a show,” the paper writes.
“Hayots Ashkhar” observes that the protests of Rise Armenia, a recently formed civic group campaigning against rising electricity prices, are becoming thinner and thinner despite calls of the movement leaders for people to join them. “Perhaps people see that this movement is no longer a civic one, but instead is serving the narrow interests of certain political forces or separate ambitious politicians?” the pro-government newspaper suggests.
“Aravot” notes that most Armenian politicians do not speak on vital issues concerning Armenia when interests of Russia are involved. It says that they would rather see Armenia going down along with Russia than risk drawing the Kremlin’s wrath. “That’s why they do not even speak on the matter of Tehran’s statements [regarding joint natural gas and railroad projects with Armenia]. Perhaps, they fear that after speaking on these subjects that are very important for Armenia’s development the Kremlin and Russian media in Armenia will again start seeing the West behind them and drawing parallels with [Ukraine’s] Maidan.”