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“Zhoghovurd” reacts to news of President Serzh Sarkisian’s upcoming visit to Moscow, during which he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin for talks likely to focus on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The paper speculates that Putin may have abandoned or put on hold plans to organize another summit of the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents because of the hostage crisis in Yerevan. “But by going to Moscow Serzh Sarkisian indicates that the Russian side does not intend to wait much longer,” it says, adding that the Moscow visit will show just “how much time he won” as a result of the dramatic events in Yerevan.

“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports on the uproar caused by violent attacks on journalists that covered the dispersal last Friday of an opposition demonstration held in Yerevan in support of gunmen occupying a police station. The paper is highly skeptical about criminal proceedings launched by law-enforcement authorities. It argues that no police officer was prosecuted as a result of similar violence to which other journalists were subjected during the “Electric Yerevan” protests of June 2015. The paper predicts that nobody will be punished this time as well. It concludes that this atmosphere of impunity only radicalizes public opinion in Armenia and increases the number of disgruntled people justifying anti-government violence.

“Aravot” reports that Armenian media associations may soon stage street protests against the latest attacks on at least 14 reporters and cameramen. The paper notes that the violence has also been strongly condemned by Human Rights Watch and other international organizations. By contrast, it says, President Serzh Sarkisian has urged those journalists to “forget about” the violence.

(Tigran Avetisian)

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