“Hayots Ashkhar” calls the Wednesday meeting of the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan hosted by their Russian counterpart “the expression of Russia’s desire to maintain the fragile peace in the region.”
“The parliamentary elections due in Azerbaijan before the December 1-2 summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have created a tense situation both inside Azerbaijan and in the Armenian-Azerbaijani relations. Azerbaijan’s blackmail gimmicks to speed up a solution to the Karabakh problem have reached their critical point when more aggressive steps are not ruled out. Therefore, Russia is trying to preclude a possible further escalation in the Armenian-Azerbaijani standoff at the same time preserving the mantle of a judge,” the paper says.
On the same subject, “Zhamanak” writes that “the Kremlin has made a step towards defusing tensions that have been high along the Azerbaijani-Karabakh line of contact in recent months, once again accentuating its proactive policy.”
“It seems no other significant thing happened in Astrakhan,” the paper adds.
A series of scandalous videos posted on the popular video-sharing website, YouTube, have led “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” to conclude that “YouTube is the number one enemy of Armenia’s authorities and [president] Serzh Sarkisian in this case is powerless.”
“This is not the case when [broadcast regulatory body head] Grigor Amalian could call YouTube a weakling and strip it of its license or police workers dressed as civilians could ‘disperse’ this internet resource. Nor does YouTube have a cousin so that they could plant some pot on him and thus make it keep its peace. So Serzh Sarkisian has to put up with it somehow,” the paper claims.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” carries the story of a 44-year-old citizen who claims to have been brutally beaten for honking at an SUV.
The man, Armen Totolian, tells the paper that the driver of the car assisted by two other young men who had arrived on a black Toyota Corolla had been beating him for ten minutes for honking before the police arrived.
“The three unknown individuals were taken to a police precinct and Totolian was taken to hospital. The same day the young men were released and, in Totolian’s words, after the incident unknown people have been coming to his house and asking him not to tell anybody about the incident. And recently he learned that one of those who beat him is the son of the Zovuni village head, something that the local leader denies. Totolian says, however, that he is not interested in the identities of those who beat him, but only wants them to be punished,” writes “Haykakan Zhamanak”, adding that the police has confirmed the incident and also that no criminal case has yet been instituted in its connection.