Yerevan Hands Over to Russia Soldier Convicted of Murdering Six Armenians
A Russian soldier convicted of murdering six members of an Armenian family will be transferred to Russia to carry out his life sentence, demonstrating the influence Moscow continues to enjoy in its much smaller Caucasian ally.
Armenia's Ministry of Justice announced on May 18 that it would send the soldier, Valeriy Permyakov, to Russia. Permyakov was convicted of killing the Armenians in January 2015 after he had fled the Russian 102nd military base in Gyumri, Armenia's second city.
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