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Armenia’s Russian Murder Scandal: Can Justice Be Served?

Russian conscript Valery Permyakov, who was serving on Russia’s army base near Gyumri, stands accused of murdering seven members of a local family on Jan. 12, 2015. (Video Frame Grab)

With a high-profile trial in Armenia set to resume in which a Russian soldier stands accused of murdering a family of seven, observers wonder whether the loose ends connected to the case will ever be wrapped up. Russia is not eager to see light shined on systemic flaws within its military structure.
 
The defendant in the trial, scheduled to continue February 5, is an 18-year-old Russian army private, Valery Permyakov, who had deserted Russia’s 102nd army base in the Armenian city of Gyumri. Permyakov has confessed to killing seven members of the Avetisian family in their home in early morning hours of January 12, 2015. Nevertheless, lots of questions about the circumstances and timeline remain unclear.
 

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Marianna Grigoryan is a freelance reporter based in Yerevan and editor of MediaLab.am.

Armenia’s Russian Murder Scandal: Can Justice Be Served?

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