(Saturday, November 10)
“Hayots Ashkhar” is scathing about former President Levon Ter-Petrosian’s admission that he keeps in his archive official documents making up a criminal case opened by Soviet authorities against him and other leaders of the 1988 movement for Nagorno-Karabakh’s unification with Armenia. The paper wonders why Ter-Petrosian acknowledged this only several days after prosecutors announced the “loss” of the files which he had got hold of in 1996. It claims that he may destroy some of those documents that are “not to his liking.”
“Armenia’s Office of the Prosecutor-General was well aware where the criminal case against the Karabakh Committee has been,” comments “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun.” “What was all this fuss about? In our view, this once again shows that there is serious panic in the government ranks. They are particularly concerned about the danger of a resurrection of the Karabakh Committee. By wanting to have the case back the authorities want to publicize some parts of that case through their loyal media, spread feud among members of the Karabakh Committee and thereby stave off the committee’s restoration.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says that the announcement of Ter-Petrosian’s presidential run marked the beginning of a “real bipolarization” of Armenia’s main political forces. “That process is now a reality and it will deepen day by day regardless of what gerrymandering the Serzh-Kocharian regime will use in creating new tiny poles with puppet [presidential] candidates,” predicts the pro-Ter-Petrosian paper.
“Hayk” reports that police detained on Friday a member of the opposition Hanrapetutyun party, Tigran Yeghiazarian, and told him that they suspect him of “smoking pot a few days ago.” “But in reality, they asked him questions regarding his participation in the November 16 opposition rally,” says the paper. It quotes Yeghiazarian as saying that a dozen other opposition activists were also detained in similar circumstances.
“Aravot” claims that several Yerevan supermarkets are refusing to sell mineral water bottled by a company belonging to Khachtur Sukiasian, a businessman close to Ter-Petrosian. The paper says the supermarkets are acting on “orders received from above” that are part of the ongoing government crackdown on Sukiasian.