(Saturday, September 13)
“Zhamanak” reckons that criticizing Russia for planning to further raise the price of its natural gas for Armenia is wrong, arguing that it has long been well below international levels. “The main question is what Armenia has done during all these years to capitalize on that period of lesser price hikes, strengthen its economy, prepare it for a market-based price, boost the purchasing power of the population and the economy so that it does not have to cede yet another piece of Armenia’s independence to in order restrain the gas price a little,” writes the pro-opposition daily. “The answer is clear: nothing.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” asserts that the situation in Armenia is not “revolutionary.” “The socioeconomic situation in the country is not bright at all, but Armenia lacks a stratum of extremely impoverished people that could do a revolution under a scenario like the social uprising in Kyrgyzstan,” says the pro-establishment paper. It also rules out “the Georgian and Ukrainian variants of revolution,” saying that Armenia’s government is not weak and its radical opposition not strong.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” claims that politics is the most corrupt area of life in Armenia. “As everyone knows, they like fighting against corruption in Armenia,” the paper says with sarcasm. “Of course, that does not produce any concrete results. Nonetheless, the fight keeps intensifying … Political parties are the most corrupt structures. Laws do not apply to this sphere at all. Especially during elections.” The paper says the Armenian authorities can hand parliament seats to a particular party or individual or at will or set up fake opposition parties.
“Aravot” reports that a group of soldiers at an Armenian military base in the southern Ararat region protested on Friday against an order banning them from receiving food parcels from their families. The paper says several senior Defense Ministry officials urgently visited the base and met with the protesting soldiers who serve there on a contractual basis.
“Hraparak” reports that Zaruhi Postanjian, an outspoken parliament deputy from the opposition Zharangutyun party, condemned government plans to develop uranium deposits in the southeastern Syunik region jointly with a Russian company during a visit to the area on Friday. “This is an anti-state program,” he is quoted as saying. Postanjian also urged local non-governmental organizations to step up their campaign against the Armenian-Russian uranium project.