Two weeks after the killing of a family in the northern Armenian town of Gyumri, there are more questions than answers concerning the actions and motives of the individual accused of committing the mass murder, 18-year-old Russian army private, Valery Permyakov.
Some answers may seem straightforward, while others, given the case’s sensitivity, may never be disclosed by Armenian and Russian investigators.
According to the official charges against him, Permyakov entered the Avetisian household in Gyumri in the early morning of January 12, supposedly seeking a drink of water. He allegedly shot or stabbed to death all seven members of the family; supposedly from fear that the Avetisians would inform the 102nd Russian army base in Gyumri that he had deserted. Six died on the spot; the seventh victim, six-month-old Seryozha Avetisian, died on January 19.
A Russian military tribunal in Armenia will try Permyakov, but the name of his lawyer -- a Russian citizen who lives in Armenia -- has not been disclosed, according to the Russian news service Interfax.
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Marianna Grigoryan is a freelance reporter based in Yerevan and editor of MediaLab.am.