“Aravot” criticizes a senior Russian diplomat for saying that the Russian language should be given an official status in former Soviet republics. “We have already had that [in Soviet times,]” editorializes the paper. “It does not make sense to even talk about that because it’s simply impossible to return to that. It’s not about the Soviet Union being good or bad. It’s just that Eurasian projects, unlike Soviet ones, do not carry civilizational advantages for their participants, including Russia.” It also argues that ethnic Russians make up a tiny proportion of Armenia’s population.
“Zhamanak” claims that the latest macroeconomic data released by the National Statistical Service (NSS) testifies to an economic “regression” taking place in Armenia. “This is certainly the result of the work of the previous governments, not the current one,” writes the paper. “But the new government will have to bear responsibility for that. [Prime Minister] Karen Karapetian has only one option of dodging that responsibility: to expose those who are to blame for the current, very grave economic situation. This does not mean that the situation would immediately improve. But at least the public would know that Karapetian is really sincere about changing something.”
“Hraparak” notes that about a dozen new political parties have been formed in Armenia in the past year. “No sensible person would launch a new party one year before elections just because partisan work takes a lot of time, effort, programs and consistency,” comments the paper. It says that the founders of the new parties must be naïve or excessively optimistic. “But audacity and optimism are not enough to achieve success,” it says.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” discloses an official document indicating that the Armenian government has spent almost 19 million drams ($40,000) on a single spare part for one of the cars used by its senior officials. “The document does not specify that part and the car for which it was designed,” writes the paper. It suggests that the sum, equivalent to the price of a brand new expensive car, was spent on former Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian’s limousine.