Russian soldier likely to be tried in Armenia in mass killing case - Duma deputy

Russian military serviceman Valery Permyakov, who has reportedly confessed to killing a family of seven in Gyumri, Armenia, is expected to be tried on Armenian territory, says Oleg Lebedev, first deputy head of the Russian State Duma committee for CIS affairs, Eurasian integration and ties with compatriots.

Russian military serviceman Valery Permyakov, who has reportedly confessed to killing a family of seven in Gyumri, Armenia, is expected to be tried on Armenian territory, says Oleg Lebedev, first deputy head of the Russian State Duma committee for CIS affairs, Eurasian integration and ties with compatriots.

"Russia has done all it could so that the investigation should proceed - and it is proceeding - on Armenian territory. The trial should take place on Armenian territory, which the people of Armenia have asked for," Lebedev said at a joint session of the relevant State Duma and Armenian National Assembly committees in Yerevan on Saturday.

Lebedev made his remark in response to a report by Alexander Arzumanian, a deputy head of the Armenian National Assembly's standing commission on foreign relations, in which he insisted that Permnyakov "must be put under the Republic of Armenia's jurisdiction," as a man who "committed a crime on our territory, not on the Russian military base's territory."

Lebedev noted in commenting on this that Russia in this situation is acting strictly in line with international agreements related to the functioning of its military base on Armenian territory and that Permyakov is suspected of committing "a military crime" that must be investigated in line with Russian law.

At the same time, Lebedev said, both parties are actively cooperating in probing the crime, and, if found guilty, Permyakov should be subjected to "a severest possible punishment," because what he did is a tragedy not only for the Armenian but also for the Russian people.

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