The fact that Valery Permyakov - a conscript soldier from the Russian 102nd Military Base who is accused of a mass murder in Gyumri – is put into the custody under the Russian jurisdiction is a decision made under political pressure.
Even if the suspect was arrested by Russian officers, rights defenders in Armenia believe, Armenian law enforcement agencies must be held responsible as they failed to timely and quickly act to find the suspect.
“Though the crime was committed outside the military base, he ultimately got to the base. How did the soldier get to the base if he did not return there after the murder? Why didn’t our officers manage to act quickly and seize him? It is quite possible that the placement of the suspect into the Russian custody is a political decision made under the Big brother’s pressure,” said Avetik Ishkhanyan of the Helsinki Committee of Armenia.