“Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that even after the publication of the verdict in the case of Russian soldier Valery Permyakov, who was convicted on Tuesday of murdering a seven-member Armenian family and was sentenced to life in prison, the public at large still considers that the case has not been fully revealed. “There are these suspicions because numerous circumstances in the case have not been clarified and have not been revealed,” the paper comments.
“Zhoghovurd” challenges the explanation of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) of its ‘silence’ during the July standoff between a pro-opposition armed group and security forces over a seized police station by the desire not to further escalate the situation that it said potentially imperiled Armenia’s statehood. The paper writes: “If the silence of representatives of the ruling party during that standoff can somehow be understood, since their statements could, indeed, provoke anger among at least those who gathered in Khorenatsi Street (the standoff venue), then the silence of the HAK that positions itself as the main opposition party with the explanation that it sought not to further escalate the tensions, to put it mildly, speaks about the total absence of public trust in this party. Otherwise, it is unclear how a political party enjoying popular support could exacerbate the situation?”
The editor of “Aravot” formulates the socio-political prerequisites that, in his opinion, had led to the actions by the Sasna Tsrer group and the support it enjoyed among some members of the public: “Inefficient governance during 25 years, widespread corruption, the government’s ignoring public demands caused a feeling of despair among some layers of society. And that’s why representatives of these layers of society do not condemn and even welcome an armed political struggle, which is aimed against the nation’s statehood and its institutions as much as it is aimed against the current government.”
“Hraparak” writes on upcoming local elections, noting that judging from current processes the opposition again will fail to form alliances and a common platform against the government forces. Meanwhile, the paper argues, only a few months ago government representatives were really concerned about their chances of retaining power in at least two major cities, Gyumri and Vanadzor, should opposition forces manage to consolidate there. “Even though the government had done everything to prevent the second and third largest cities of Armenia from having opposition mayors and even changed the law for that purpose, introducing elections of city councils by party lists and indirect mayoral votes, the danger was still hanging over the heads of government representatives as Gyumri and Vanadzor, as a rule, in elections do not give their votes to government candidates and parties,” it writes.