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“Zhoghovurd” reports that the decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) upholding the ruling under which Switzerland was wrong in prosecuting a Turk who denied the Armenian genocide sparked elation in Turkey where officials stated that especially in the year when Armenians mark the centennial of the Ottoman-era massacres the Strasbourg-based body had puts an end to “100 years of Armenian lies”. At the same time, the paper reminds, Yerevan expressed “satisfaction” with the ECtHR ruling, considering that it does not mean that criminalization of the genocide denial is wrong per se, but it means that the Swiss law was wrongly applied. “After this verdict France is unlikely to proceed with its initiative to criminal the denial of the Armenian Genocide and in this case statements about the Armenian side being ‘satisfied’ are more like consolation for the defeated party.”

“Zhamanak” observes that the latest decision of the ECtHR comes just two days after the European Commission was authorized to conduct negotiations with Armenia on a new legal framework of relations between Brussels and Yerevan: “In fact, Armenia gets an indirect blow at the ECtHR perhaps as a tough message from Europe that this time it will be very strict towards Armenia in order not to get in a stupid situation one day as it once happened with the association agreement process.”

“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” suggests that the appearance of Moscow-based Armenian tycoon Ara Abrahamian in Armenian politics is, in a sense, a salvation for the ruling Republican Party. “On the one hand, he is an ideal rival for [President] Serzh Sarkisian and the ruling party. Against Abrahamian’s comic character and lack of eloquence in speech, even [Parliament Speaker] Galust Sahakian and others will seem ‘titans of thought’. On the other hand, he will manage to attract the part of society that complains about the government but does not have a particularly high intellectual level. And if he spends a lot of money, he will manage to occupy the ‘honorable’ second place.”

“Aravot” writes in its editorial: “How does the radical opposition imagine a regime change? Some say: let’s take people to the street and make a revolution. Others say that since under the next Constitution the country will be led by the National Assembly chairman, let’s explain to the people that Serzh Sarkisian wants to occupy this post and when people understand that, they will say ‘No’ in the referendum and it will be a regime change in itself. And [Soviet-era dissident] Paruyr Hayrikian says that if people follow his formula of perfect democracy, everything will be alright. Thus, there is no common regime change agenda, but there are personal ambitions aplenty.”

(Tigran Avetisian)

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