Russian Embassy sends condolences over death of six-month-old baby in wake of Gyumri tragedy

The Russian Embassy in Armenia has extended its condolences over the death of a six-month-old baby who was the sole survivor of a gun attack that killed six members of one family in the city of Gyumri, northern Armenia, on January 12.

The Russian Embassy in Armenia has extended its condolences over the death of a six-month-old baby who was the sole survivor of a gun attack that killed six members of one family in the city of Gyumri, northern Armenia, on January 12.

A serviceman of Russia's military base in Armenia is suspected of the crime.

"We are mourning together with the entire Armenian nation. Up to the last minute, all of us hoped and prayed for Seryozha Avetisyan. Armenian and Russian doctors had been battling to save his life. The loss of a child is a terrible tragedy. There are no words that can ease this pain. But people ought to remain humane even in these conditions. Most of them understand everything. Mourning means a sorrow and prayers," the embassy said in a statement.

"All of us should learn a lesson from this tragedy and do everything in our power to make sure than it never happens again. We can assure you that the criminal and those who could stand behind him will be punished with the utmost vigor of the law," it said.

According to earlier reports, a family of six, including a two-year old child, were murdered in Gyumri, northern Armenia, on January 12. The only survivor, six-months-old Sergei Avetisyan, was hospitalized with a stab wound. He died on January 19.

Valery Permyakov, a serviceman from Russia's 102nd military base, who is deployed in Gyumri, was detained shortly after the attack. He is now on the territory of the military base. Criminal charges were brought against him on January 14 based on the Russian and Armenian Criminal Codes.

On January 15, protests broke out in Gyumri. Their participants demanded that Permyakov be handed over to the Armenian justice system. Fourteen people, including five policemen, were hospitalized after clashes between the demonstrators and police.

On January 18, Russian President Vladimir Putin called his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan to again extend his condolences to the victims' relatives and all people of Armenia in regard of the tragedy in Gyumri.

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