“Aravot” criticizes the Armenian police for taking more than one month to determine the final criminal charges leveled against six men arrested for allegedly beating to death military doctor Vahe Avetian at Yerevan’s Harsnakar restaurant on June 17. It was not until July 31 that they were formally charged with deadly assault. The paper says police investigators must issue a statement clarifying why they “thought for so long” in order to dispel doubts voiced about the objectivity of their probe and fears that the authorities are planning to cover up the high-profile case.
“[Vladimir] Putin will make a proposal that cannot be turned down,” “Zhoghovurd” writes in reference to Wednesday’s meeting of the Armenian and Russian presidents in Moscow. “We are talking about Armenia’s membership of the Eurasian Union. That this issue will top the agenda of Putin’s meeting with [Serzh] Sarkisian has already been confirmed by official sources.” The paper says that on the eve of that meeting, Russia’s Federal Customs Service released figures on Russian-Armenian trade to “once again remind who Armenia’s main trading partner is.” It says the service also listed key economic facilities in Armenia that are owned by Russian companies.
“Russia is thereby sending a very clear message to Armenia’s pro-European authorities, reminding that not only the security but also the economy of our country is almost fully under Russian control and that Russian can paralyze Armenia’s entire economic system at any moment,” claims “Zhoghovurd.”
“Hraparak” complains that unlike some of their colleagues in Russia Armenian intellectuals and artists do not publicly bring the government to task over corruption and other grave problems facing their country. “Why is it that nobody from our community of singers, TV hosts, writers and artists revolt in such a fashion?” it says.