“Aravot” reports that the Vice-Chairman of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly and co-rapporteur on Armenia at its Monitoring Committee John Prescott used his paper to push aside the recorder of an Armenian A1+ website reporter when the latter tried to pose a question to him.
In its editorial entitled “Prescott As a Mirror” the paper addresses the incident that happened during the forum “For the Future of Democracy” being held in Yerevan these days. It writes: “Is this very ill-mannered and emotionally unbalanced man who is rude to journalists a spiritual heir to Kant, Montesquieu or his compatriot John Lock? No, he is a successor of anecdotal Dickens bureaucrats.”
“Zhamanak” also addresses Prescott’s behavior and writes in its editorial: “Prescott has become a general symbol of European policy due to which European values do not appear attractive in Armenia, but rather have the status of Europe’s bureaucratic armor, making it clear to societies living outside Europe, including to citizens of Armenia, that these values are put to service of Eurocrats. Co-rapporteur Prescott’s “Armenia” behavior is the best example of this.”
On the subject of the recent arrests of members of an Armenian American syndicate involved in a large-scale medical insurance fraud in the United States, National Unity Party leader Artashes Geghamian tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that “virtually all media in Armenia have vigorously spread the revelations of the district attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, made at a news conference on October 13.”
“The district attorney’s accusatory speeches were also broadcast on various free European and American radio waves that have for decades “caressed” the ear of listeners in Armenia and elsewhere in the former Soviet Union. Their voice was heard by all “vigilant” broadcasting media regardless of their place of registration or geography of sources of funding.”
Geghamian then give his assessment: “Oddly enough, without an American court’s verdict the district attorney already called people suspected of breaking the law “a criminal group.” As far as I remember, the presumption of innocence is not abolished in the United States yet. In this statement there is, in fact, an indirect accusation of Armenia’s Central Bank and law-enforcement bodies, which, it turns out, have not shown sufficient vigilance to prevent the laundering of ‘dirty money’.”
“Hraparak” editorializes on an act of vandalism in central Yerevan in which a Holocaust memorial was defaced on Tuesday. The paper reminds that this is not the first such case in Armenia.
“It is difficult to understand the mentality of vandals, especially their attitude towards a monument symbolizing a human tragedy…When in our neighboring country cases of vandalism are recorded and Armenian monuments become victims, our national identity is offended, we take comfort in the fact the vandals are not us, but our barbarian neighbors… But what does a citizen of Armenia feel when he learns that in his own country a Holocaust memorial is defaced by his compatriot?”