(Saturday, May 9)
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” lambastes the leaders of the Yerkrapah Union of Armenian veterans of the Karabakh war, saying that their unlimited loyalty to Armenia’s government has led to their severe mental degradation. The pro-opposition paper says this sad reality was exposed during Friday’s celebrations of Yerkrapah Day in Yerevan. “The authorities have created a system that simply drives out all normal people and promotes individuals who are prepared for any meanness for the sake of that. In terms of clinging to power, that is certainly a right tactic … But in terms of state interests that is destructive for the simple reason that this particular type of human beings has no state and home and only serves its master.”
“Zhamanak” condemns the “deeply feudal” nomination of Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian’s son Argam for the vacant post of mayor of Artashat, a town in southern Armenia. The paper says that one of Abrahamian’s predecessors, Andranik Markarian, had likewise installed his son Taron as head of a local government. “Unfortunately, the desires and dreams of representatives of our oligarchic system apply only to their children,” it says. “If a fraction of those dreams and desires also applied to ordinary people and the state then the scale of poverty in Armenia would be much smaller.”
“Zhoghovurd” reports that Harutiun Hovsepian, the wealthy chief of President Serzh Sarkisian’s Oversight Service, has become even richer over the past year. “According to his official income declaration, his cash assets reached 180 million drams ($380,000) and $3.45 million at the end of 2014,” writes the paper. The official claims to have received $600,000 in cash donations in the course of 2014. The paper notes that Hovsepian had held only government positions in his life. “It turns out that he is surrounded by kind old men who give the chief controller enormous gifts all the time,” it concludes with sarcasm.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that prosecutors in the Lori province have launched an investigation into a controversial sale of municipal garbage trucks in the regional capital Vanadzor to a company allegedly owned by the city’s mayor, Samvel Darpinian. The latter strongly denies any connection with that firm. “I’m a builder,” says Darpinian. “I earn my money in construction, through more respectable businesses.”