“168 Zham” reports on various theories of the latest beating of the editor of “Iskakan Iravunk,” Hovannes Galajian. The paper says the incident has already been used for “conducting black propaganda against the ruling regime.” “That is the reason why, according to our information, Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian has had conversation with both national police chief Hayk Harutiunian and Prosecutor-General Aghvan Hovsepian, during which he demanded in very categorical terms that they quickly track down not only those who beat up Hovannes Galajian but, more importantly, those who ordered the beating.”
“Zhamanak Yerevan” asks Aram Manukian, a senior member of the Armenian Pan-National Movement (HHSh), whether the former ruling party would cooperate with Serzh Sarkisian “for the sake of Armenia’s democratization.” “No, no, no,” replies Manukian. “How can people, who have proved the opposite with their background and actions during the past ten years, change?”
“Aravot” believes that the impending punishment of Pargev Ohanian, a judge who acquitted two arrested businessmen who crossed swords with the Armenian customs, has “shattered the legend that the authorities are saving no effort to help entrepreneurs … in order to develop the economy.”
“That the verdict [handed down by Ohanian] is fair, legal and worthy of a real judge is beyond doubt,” writes “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “The problem is that the regime, represented by the puppet Council of Justice, is not going to even dispute the legality of that verdict. As is done in such case, the regime has decided to look into Ohanian’s past activities.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that the chairpersons of the standing committees of Armenia’s parliament have received new expensive cars purchased by the state. “In general, most, if not all, cars that have been bought with state budget funds of late are Toyotas,” observers the paper. “This is certainly not accidental. The thing is that the business of importing cars of this brand is effectively controlled by Armen Gevorgian, chief of the presidential staff and secretary of the republic’s Security Council.”
According to “Hayots Ashkhar,” all but one or two Armenian parties lack “clearly defined demands and wishes as to in which direction the country should develop.” The paper says even political experts find it hard to tell which of them have them have center-left and center-right orientations.