“Aravot” attacks a member of the governing Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) for stating publicly that “if something bad happens to the Republicans that will mean the end of the country.” “Such evaluations have always dogged the humanity and were usually voiced in cases where the government of a particular country hopelessly lost a sense of reality and finally equated one or several personalities with the state,” editorializes the paper, recalling the 18th century French King Louis XIV’s famous remark that “The state is me.”
“Where are they, the irreplaceable embodiments of the state, now?” continues “Aravot.” “They are not around. But as we can see, states nurtured by them continue to exist.”
Meanwhile, a senior member of Prosperous Armenia assures “Aravot” that the party led by oligarch Gagik Tsarukian is “not a party of [burly men with] shaven heads.” Vartan Bostanjian says those who make such claims are mentally deranged people who “don’t see any good things.” “It is inadmissible to say such things,” he says, adding that every person has the right to have bodyguards and the thickness of their necks and the length of hair on their heads is “nobody’s business.” “It’s another thing that they have no right to mistreat representatives of mass media. These are just shortcomings of the transition period,” argues Bostanjian.
“Azg” discusses a sharp contrast in the lives and interests of people residing in Yerevan and outlying parts of Armenia. “If our politicians mistakenly find themselves in the villages of Pambak, Areguni or Jil of the Gegharkunik region, they must feel like they are in a science fiction movie, in a totally different era,” says the paper. “Before talking about European integration let us first integrate the people of border villages into Armenia.”
“168 Zham” says Armenia’s rulers should also imitate what it sees as “good” actions by their counterparts in Russia. The paper reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin has told his ministers to contain the strengthening of the Russian ruble and find ways of helping local manufacturers suffering from that. “This is what everyone is unanimously trying to tell the chairman of the [Armenian] Central Bank, Tigran Sarkisian,” it says. “Their efforts have been unsuccessful so far.” The Armenian dram, meanwhile, is again gaining ground against the dollar. “Perhaps we should turn to Putin for help. He is better at persuading people and especially Armenian rulers,” concludes “168 Zham.”