“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” comments on a new Gallup poll that shows Armenians are more willing to leave their country than residents of any other former Soviet state. Forty percent of them expressed such a desire in the poll, compared with 14 percent in neighboring Georgia and Azerbaijan. “No matter how much Serzh Sarkisian claims that the main cause of the emigration is a ‘stale atmosphere’ it is clear that people emigrate mainly because of social problems,” writes the paper. It says it is extremely hard for them to find decent jobs or set up businesses.
“Does Serzh Sarkisian understand this? Judging from his last news conference, he doesn’t,” continues “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” “He claimed, for instance, that people are leaving Armenia not because of a lack of justice as they mainly go to Russia and the situation there in terms of justice is not better. True, in Armenia and Russia justice can be achieved only with money … But the problem is that it is possible to earn that money in Russia, unlike in Armenia.”
“Orakarg” likewise claims that the Armenian authorities do not realize the gravity of the problem exposed by the Gallup poll. “They do not realize that because they think those staying in the country would do a revolution,” says the paper.
“The authorities are primarily to blame for this mood,” writes “Aravot.” “They apparently have no adequate idea of the real situation in the country and are not responsive to people’s needs. But let us also admit that Armenia is not the poorest, most authoritarian, most corrupt and most unjust of those 12 countries [covered by the Gallup survey] … Even the atmosphere in our country is not the most depressing one.” One possible explanation, according to the paper, is that Armenians become enthusiastic and then lose hope too easily.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” accuses the Armenian government of doing nothing in connection with the bankruptcy of the national airline, Armavia. The paper points out that the issue was not on the agenda of a weekly cabinet meeting held on Thursday. “The thing is that Armavia is not an ordinary company,” it says. “The state, namely we, taxpayers, will likely pay for its bankruptcy.”