Support The Moscow Times!

Court Upholds Life Sentence for Russian Soldier Who Murdered Armenian Family

newzulu.com

An Armenian appeals court on Monday upheld a life sentence handed down to Valery Permyakov, a Russian soldier convicted of killing an Armenian family of seven in 2015.

The victims’ relatives had petitioned against the sentence, claiming that Permyakov did not act alone and that the case had not been resolved. In another motion they demanded 450,000 euro as compensation.

Permyakov was stationed at a Russian military base near the Armenian city of Gyumri when on Jan. 12, 2015 seven members of the local Avetisyan family, including two children, were found dead in their home. Permyakov’s uniform and weapon were found at the scene.

Permyakov was attempting to cross the border to Turkey when he was apprehended 16 km outside Gyumri by Russian border guards. He was taken into custody at the base where he had been stationed.

Initially the investigation and prosecution was to be carried out under the jurisdiction of Russian authorities. However, after spontaneous demonstrations in Gyumri and the capital Yerevan Russian and Armenian authorities agreed to cooperate on the case.

On Aug. 12, the Military Garrison Court of Russia sentenced Peryakov to ten years imprisonment for desertion, theft and illegal possession of a weapon.

The Armenian court sentenced him to life imprisonment for seven counts of murder on Aug. 23.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

As we approach the holiday season, please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world’s largest country.