“Zhoghovurd” believes that Suren Khachatrian, the controversial governor of Armenia’s Syunik province, and his relatives continue to get away with violent acts for the simple reason that President Serzh Sarkisian and his Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) get more votes in Syunik than in any other part of the country. “So the Armenian authorities will do everything to keep Surik Khachatrian and his clan afloat,” the paper says. They will not “bite the hand that feeds them,” it says.
“In return for this impunity, Surik Khachatrian is effectively becoming a totally controllable figure which Serzh Sarkisian will certainly not ditch at this juncture,” writes “Zhamanak.” The paper says Sarkisian now needs diehard loyalists like Khachatrian.
“Chorrord Ishkhanian” reports that the chief of the police department of Goris, a town where Khachatrian’s son and his friends reportedly beat up two other men on May 2, was sacked on Wednesday. “So it turns out that there is a police department in Goris. Who would have thought?” the paper comments mockingly. “And we thought that that job has long been done by Surik Khachatrian’s bodyguards.”
“As long as the Russians control the Armenian energy sector they will do everything to prevent the development of renewable sources of energy,” “Zhamanak” claims in a commentary on a widely anticipated further increase in the price of electricity in Armenia. “The Russians want electricity in Armenia to be generated only with Russian gas or Russian nuclear fuel.”
“168 Zham” notes that none of the street protests taking place in Armenia these days is organized by opposition parties. “With its [socioeconomic] grievances the society effectively stands alone in confronting the authorities,” writes the paper. “The authorities therefore feel more confident.”
“Hraparak” claims that the Armenian government is not doing enough to help ethnic Armenians remaining in Syria. “Isn’t it possible to facilitate the transfer of our compatriots to Armenia?” the paper says. “The government and the Diaspora Ministry are unable to address such complex problems. But they are very good at delivering speeches and begging [the Diaspora] for money.”