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“Zhamanak” comments on the latest data published by the National Statistical Service and related to the state of Armenia’s economy: “The data for the first half of the year, to put it mildly, reflects not so reassuring a reality. Armenia’s foreign trade has fallen by about 20 percent and domestic commodity turnover has also decreased. Remittances and taxes collected by the government have been dwindling too. Still, these indicators are not the worst part of it. The worst thing is that Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian literally stated two days before the publication of the data that Armenia saw a 4.5-percent economic growth in the first half of 2015… And here a question arises – didn’t Abrahamian get acquainted with the statistical data before their publication? It shows that the ship is sinking and Abrahamian’s statements about economic growth are just like the music played by a quartet at The Titanic that simply tried to make the process of sinking less dramatic.”

“Haykakan Zhamanak” talked to Chairman of the Union of Employers of Armenia Gagik Makarian on the issue of the increase in electricity tariffs from August 1 and the subsidizing of this increase by the government. On the mechanisms of this subsidy, Makarian said: “The clearest mechanism could be as follows: there will be a calculation on how much a resident consumed, the part that the government is to subsidize will be calculated and sent to the government, and households’ bills will state the sum that people are to pay after this subsidy is deduced. This is the simplest and most centralized mechanism… But another variant is also possible. Customers will also see in their bills how much subsidy was paid for them. I think this way the process will be more transparent.”

“Zhoghovurd” writes: “It turns out that a new structure has been created – an Armenian-Russian union, which is going to engage in providing assistance to Armenian villages in order to curb the wave of outmigration. Of course, it is a very good purpose. The whole problem is about who is going to deal with the implementation of this goal. It is the question to this answer that nullifies the whole prospect of positive expectations. The thing is that the head of this newly established union is notorious Andranik Nikoghosian, who stated at the constituent meeting of the organization that people are leaving Armenia with families and “our holy duty is not to allow this”. We should mention that before that the Armenian public witnessed other “manifestations” of Nikoghosian’s “holy duty” and his activities did not arouse any positive emotions among the overwhelming majority of Armenians. The notorious Putin clubs [to propagandize Russian President Vladimir Putin] with which this person tried to flatter the Kremlin are among them. But that initiative put Nikoghosian himself in a rather awkward position as since the day the Putin clubs opened in Armenia their conspicuous emptiness revealed the attitude of the Armenian public towards the cult of Putin.”

“Aravot” talked to New Times Party leader Aram Karapetian on the matter of the proposed constitutional reform. Karapetian said: “Now in Armenia everything except the Constitution needs to be reformed – economy, political life, the plunder by the authorities, measures to curb emigration, the army, the police, the judiciary, the media field and others. You cannot reform something that does not work at all.”

(Tigran Avetisian)

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