“They punish the Georgians, but it is we who will suffer,” “Aravot” says in an editorial on Russia’s decision to suspend all transport links with Georgia. The paper describes the move as a desperate act of frustration with the international community’s refusal to side with Russia in the dispute. “But this is only the tip of the iceberg, and it is clear that Moscow, which feels deeply hurt, will not content itself with these standard sanctions,” it writes. “It is now difficult to evaluate the impact of those sanctions. But the fact is that Armenia too will definitely suffer from them. And while the Georgians know what they are suffering for, our situation can only be described as tragically absurd.”
“Russia’s actions can not be considered an act of revenge for the exposed spy network,” writes “168 Zham.” “Russia has long been preparing for that and would have subjected its small but proud and very disobedient neighbor to a demonstrative beating anyway. It is Russia’s top leaders who now refer to Saakashvili’s regime as a puppet regime directed from Washington. If that is the case, then isn’t it more appropriate to demand explanations from Washington and try to solve the problem there, in the USA?”
“Hayots Ashkhar” continues to attack leaders of the “anti-criminal movement” launched by the Armenian opposition. The paper says their hopes to consolidate and lead the opposition as well as some pro-government forces have already been dashed. It claims that at least two of the 16 parties that signed up to the initiative now regret doing that. “Which is natural and logical because any artificial grouping devoid of an ideological base can not and does not have a future.”
Meanwhile, parliament deputy Hmayak Hovannisian paints in “Iravunk” the typical portrait of individuals that are the main targets of the anti-criminal movement. “If a person does not speak [literary] Armenian, has a nickname, lacks intelligence and at the same times seeks to occupy a place in the political field, then he is a criminal element,” says Hovannisian, adding that such individuals are “dangerous for the society.”
“A substantial part of Armenia’s population is convinced that by depreciating the dollar some people make huge profits,” editorializes “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “These ‘some people’ certainly represent the government elite because only the government can influence the exchange rate of the national currency.” The paper endorses this widely held belief.