“Zhamanak” claims that unlike Armenia, Azerbaijan is seeking to put its relationship with Russia on an equal footing. “Instead of throwing itself into the Russians’ embrace, Azerbaijan is trying to pursue an independent policy,” writes the paper. “The problem is that Azerbaijan is trying to solve its problems on its own, whereas Armenia is giving that authority to Russia and rejoicing at not having to do anything and finding a powerful sponsor,” it says.
“Hayots Ashkhar” sees an alarming “indifference” in Armenia towards Nagorno-Karabakh’s independence day which is marked on September 2. “This has been the case for 19 years,” says the paper. “However sad it may sound, the independence holiday of the second Armenian republic seems to be bypassing us, the people of Armenia.” It claims that Saint Valentine’s Day is a more popular holiday in the country. “This phenomenon is both sad and dangerous,” it adds.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” predicts further increases in the prices of wheat and bread in Armenia. The paper says they have already jumped by more than 40 percent over the past month. It quotes an unnamed deputy director of a wheat-importing company as saying that the prices hikes are mainly “artificial.” “Some people have spread rumors that there will be wheat shortages. There is a terrible deficit, and people have started buying huge amounts of flour at high prices,” he says. The paper claims that the authorities can find and punish those people but will not do that for some reason.
“Aravot” reports that residents of Yerevan’s Kilikia district are reluctant to complain against a gas station which it says is located dangerously close to their houses and therefore “does not meet safety standards.” “We do not know to whom complain,” one of them is quoted as saying. “To be honest, we are a little scared. We know that the owner of that business is not an ordinary person.”