“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” notes a lack of information surrounding Wednesday’s arrest in Yerevan of ten people which Armenian law enforcement authorities say were part of an armed group that plotted “grave crimes” in the country. “It is still not known who those people are, what they planned to do and why,” writes the paper. “The Armenian authorities have created a situation where it is practically impossible to change things in the country by legal means. Sooner or later that will increase the number of supporters of illegal means. And this is the most dangerous thing.” The only solution, it says, is to finally enable Armenians to change their government through elections.
“168 Zham” says reactions to the arrests showed that “Armenia is unprepared, at least psychologically, for terrorism.” “It seems a remote possibility to our society,” says the paper. “But the ongoing geopolitical developments, Armenia’s geographic position and its geopolitical choice mean that unfortunately Armenia might become a target of international terrorism. The Armenian authorities’ unconditional loyalty to Russia only contributes to that.”
“Aravot” says that the security forces’ raid on a Yerevan house that allegedly served as a hideout for the arrested people was “too demonstrative” and involved a “certain violation of the presumption of innocence.” The paper criticizes the authorities for allowing journalists and local residents to enter the house immediately after it was searched by the police and the National Security Service (NSS).
“Zhoghovurd” reports that Russian lawmakers representing a pro-Kremlin party plan to introduce a bill in Russia’s State Duma that would make it a crime to deny the 1915 Armenian genocide in Ottoman Turkey. The paper says in this regard that virtually all countries that have recognized the genocide were primarily guided by their political interests, rather than ethical norms. “But it’s one thing to do that without loudly talking about those interests and present [genocide recognition] under the guise of humanism and it’s another thing to do the same in such a crude fashion,” it says, adding that the Armenians should therefore be concerned that Moscow is “shamelessly exploiting” the genocide issue in its latest bitter dispute with Turkey.