Russian soldier suspected of killing Armenian family sentenced to 10 years

Russia's 5th Garrison Military Court located in Gyumri, Armenia, has found Pvt. Valery Permyakov, a former serviceman of the Russian military base in Armenia, guilty of desertion, stealing a weapon, and illegally carrying it and sentenced him to 10 years in prison, an Interfax correspondent reported from the courthouse on Aug.13.

Russia's 5th Garrison Military Court located in Gyumri, Armenia, has found Pvt. Valery Permyakov, a former serviceman of the Russian military base in Armenia, guilty of desertion, stealing a weapon, and illegally carrying it and sentenced him to 10 years in prison, an Interfax correspondent reported from the courthouse on Aug.13.

This case was separated from a criminal case dealing with the murder of a family of seven in Gyumri in January 2015.

It was reported earlier that seven members of the Avetisian family, including two small children, had been killed in Gyumri in January, 2015. Permyakov has been charged with the crime and has reportedly confessed to having committed it. Criminal cases against him have been opened by both Russian and Armenian authorities.

A source familiar with the situation had told Interfax earlier that, after the 5th Garrison Military Court located in Armenia and falling under the jurisdiction of Russia's North Caucasus District Military Court handed down its sentence on Permyakov, he will be passed to the Armenian justice system to be tried for killing the seven people in Gyumri, an investigation into which was handled jointly by Russian and Armenian investigators.

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