“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” accuses the Armenian authorities of unleashing a campaign of “terror” against opposition businessman Khachatur Sukiasian and his extended family. The paper says the government crackdown on businesses owned by the Sukiasian family shows just how unprotected private property is in Armenia. It says President Serzh Sarkisian’s son-in-law, Mikael Minasian, is keen to get hold of those businesses.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” speculates that former President Robert Kocharian may return to power through a coup d’etat staged “by means of the parliament.” It claims that former Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian’s Civilitas Foundation is controlled by Kocharian and will also have a part in the coup. It says many parliament deputies from the Republican Party are ready to defect to the Kocharian camp.
“Yerkir” insists that with its latest initiatives on Karabakh Russia has sought to “restore its shaken influence in the Transcaucasus” and especially Azerbaijan.
“Hayots Ashkhar” accuses opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian and his entourage of exploiting the Karabakh issue to spread “panic” in Armenia. The pro-government paper says Ter-Petrosian thinks he will have a chance to return to power only if Armenia and its government fail in the Karabakh peace talks.
“Aravot” reports that at the ongoing discussions in the National Assembly on the state budget for next year many parliament deputies are lobbying for the interests of their close relatives and businesses belonging to them. The paper cites concrete examples to back up the claim.