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Mourning for the tragedy in Gyumri, Armenia

On 12 January, a whole Armenian family was killed in Gyumri. The investigations pointed to a soldier working in the Russian military base in the city.

Captured within 24 hours from the murder, the soldier, Valery Permyakov is detained in the Russian base. Russian authorities promised to thoroughly investigate the crime, but so far refused to handover the suspect to the Armenian authorities.

This led to wide protests and demonstrations both in Gyumri and Yerevan, demanding for the soldier to face trial within the Armenian justice system. Tensions increased a few days ago when the only survivor of the family, a six-month baby, died in the hospital. One week after the attack, several questions raised by the Armenian authorities have not been answered.

We all deeply share the sorrow of the Armenian population, and closely follow the events together with the Delegate of the Local Democracy Agency in Gyumri, Lusine Aleksandryan.


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