“Aravot” describes as “meaningless and harmful” the idea of disclosing the former KGB archives in Armenia and exposing individuals responsible for the mass repressions of the 1930s and 1940s. The paper says that by the same token it would be wrong to “investigate in detail who did what during [Robert] Kocharian’s regime” even though the latter “showed dictatorial tendencies and in that sense was close to Stalin’s regime.” “The question of how the former chief military prosecutor, Gagik Jahangirian, or former Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian acted at the time is as important as their presently key role in the opposition ranks,” it says. “And we should figure out whether the state will benefit if they act, after coming to power, in a way they did in the past.”
“Irates de facto” claims that Armenia’s “oligarchs” are waging “a covert struggle against the new economic policy” of Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian. “The thing is that the oligarchs cannot understand the logic of moves aimed at changing the president’s and prime minister’s economic policy and feel some dangers because of that incomprehension,” writes the paper. “That is forcing them to fight against the prime minister and retain the capacities and privileges which have for years been utilized by the oligarchic class.” The paper says that the oligarchs are primarily targeting Tigran Sarkisian as they fear openly challenging the president.
Urban Development Minister Samvel Tadevosian assures “Hraparak” that the Armenian authorities have made a lot of progress in completing housing reconstruction in the country’s northern regions devastated by the 1988 earthquake. Tadevosian says one of the reasons why there are still thousands of people there lacking adequate housing is that “in the last 24 years families have grown bigger.” He says that since those families are entitled to receiving as much living space from the state as they had in 1988 that many of their members continue living in temporary shacks.
In an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar,” the head of the State Migration Service, Gagik Yeganian, denies claims about a new wave of population emigration from Armenia. “No, that’s not the case, even though we have cause for concern,” he says.