“Haykakan Zhamanak” suggests that Armenia’s international soccer star Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who became an UEFA Europa League winner together with the English Premier League side, Manchester United, is making history for Armenian soccer like Yerevan’s Ararat club did in 1973 by winning the USSR championship. The paper suggests that Armenian soccer fans will long remember the crucial goals scored by Mkhitaryan and trophies won by him.
The editor of “Aravot” writes that for him the most impressive thing about Mkhitaryan was when he celebrated the victory in the Europa League final with an Armenian tricolor, that is, the national flag of the Republic of Armenia, wrapped around his shoulders. “And in this sense this victory is bigger than victories of other world-renowned Armenians who are citizens of other countries. We, ordinary citizens of the Republic of Armenia, perhaps are not so talented, but we, too, should feel this flag wrapped around our shoulders in our daily lives – beginning from most common situations and ending with intricate social relationships. We should remember that we are citizens of the State,” the editor stresses.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” comments on President Serzh Sarkisian’s recent statement that by 2040 Armenia’s population should reach at least 4 million: “It is already several days that different officials keep stating that this is quite realistic. Maybe someone indeed has not understood that for the population to increase it is necessary to curb the current outmigration and encourage people to have more children… According to official data, during the nine years of Sarkisian’s rule as president about 400,000 people have emigrated from Armenia. The question now is what should change for emigration to be replaced by immigration, for the birthrate and life expectancy to be increased?”
“Zhoghovurd” writes on Karabakh war veteran and activist Volodya Avetisian, who was released from prison on Thursday and went straight to the government building to start a protest there: “Avetisian is a rare war veteran who, since 2012, has been consistent in raising social issues of veterans. The campaign he launched did not pass without consequences. Voices raising similar issues after him have increased in number and the government had to make certain reforms. Avetisian’s release may become a new headache for the authorities. The statements of the war veteran that his opinion about the current government and personally Serzh Sarkisian has not changed showed that imprisonment for more than three and a half years had no impact on the activist’s principles.”