“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” reports on President Serzh Sarkisian’s Wednesday meeting with senior law-enforcement officials during which he instructed them to again try to solve the deaths of ten people on March 1-2, 2008. The opposition paper counters that there are no unanswered questions about those events. “The public knows who gave the orders to shoot at peaceful protesters and who carried out them,” it says, dismissing Sarkisian’s calls for the investigators to find “new ways” of clarifying things.
Hovannes Hovannisian, a senior member of the Armenian National Congress (HAK), tells “Aravot” that the opposition alliance is not satisfied with this and other steps taken by Sarkisian. “By April 28 it will become clear whether these authorities are really concerned about this country,” he says.
“When the country’s leaders speak about changing the oligarchic structure of the economy, one is at least bewildered,” writes “Hetq.” “Who are the oligarchs that do not allow economic liberalization by keeping a tight grip on the economy? Are they from other planets? … Is it that difficult for the president and the prime minister to abolish the monopolies enjoyed by those several oligarchs? The answer to this question is obvious: they don’t want to do that. If they did, the public would have known about that. What the public sees every day is consequences of the absence of that desire.”
One of those oligarchs, Mikhail Bagdasarov, tells “Zhamanak” why he would like to his businesses to expand into Europe. “One does business not only for making profit,” he says. “One does business also for pleasure. Yes, I do business in Armenia for pleasure as well.” Bagdasarov claims that he earns little money in Armenia. “Business trains in Armenia,” he says. “If you manage to work here for a long time, then you can make big profits abroad … Moreover, in Europe and around the world in general, taxes are low while profits high.”
Interviewed by “Hraparak,” Tigran Arzakantsian, a parliament deputy and businessman, complains that the Armenian press does not like reporting “good news.” “Why aren’t they saying that the Arzakantsian Foundation has done more than $22 million worth of work in the last three years,” he says. Arzakantsian also slams the daily “Yerkir” which he recently sued for alleged defamation.