“Zhamanak” sees similarities between security operations that have been conducted in Armenia and Azerbaijan in recent days. Six people were reportedly killed in a town near Baku on Thursday when police tried to arrest Islamist activists living there. The Azerbaijani authorities claim that they planned to carry out a number of “grave crimes.” The paper says the Armenian authorities made similar allegations after arresting about two dozen people in Yerevan. “Is this similarity accidental? Is it conditioned by the existing geopolitical environment?” it asks.
“Hraparak” says the fact that a large group of young Armenians apparently stashed weapons to attack government officials or institutions is further proof that changing the country’s government or its policies through elections is widely perceived to be impossible. “When people have a sense of doom, hopelessness and impotence, they become unpredictable and dangerous,” writes the paper.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” is encouraged by the absence of euphoria in Armenia about pro-Armenian statements that have been made by Russian politicians and commentators following Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane in Syria. “Furthermore, in private conversations and on social media people urge each other not to succumb to Russians’ sudden sympathy for Armenians,” says the paper. “This undoubtedly testifies to the political maturity of the Armenian society.”
“Zhoghovurd” believes that economic sanctions which Russia is expected to impose on Turkey will open up new economic opportunities for Armenian exporters. “After the West imposed economic sanctions on Russia Turkish goods became the main obstacle for Armenian products in the Russian market,” claims the paper. “In effect, Armenian manufacturers have had trouble competing with cheap Turkish goods. But this new situation is a good opportunity to occupy a somewhat stable position in the Russian market. Of course, as always, Russian-Turkish relations will eventually be normalized. But if Armenian manufacturers manage to occupy their place in that huge market by that time it will be a very serious achievement.”
“Falling state revenue is forcing our tax service to take intensive steps to execute the state budget,” writes “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “Representatives of small business have become the main target of the tax authorities.” In particular, the paper says, small shop owners complain that they are now more frequently and heavily fined for failing to properly use their cash registers.