Russian Human Rights Official to Monitor Levon Hayrapetian’s Case

Businessman and philanthropist Levon Hayrapetian


MOSCOW—The court case of Armenian businessman and philanthropist Levon Hayrapetian is under watch by Russia’s human rights ombudswoman Ella Pamfilova, the Russian ombudswoman’s office told a representative of Armenia’s ombudsman.

As reported, Pamfilova has sent inquiries to officials dealing with the case to find out the cause for keeping Hayrapetian in confinement given the fact that he has serious health problems.

Highlighting the importance of effective cooperation with Armenia’s ombudsman Karen Andreasian, the Russian ombudswoman’s representative gave assurances that the work is underway and results will be reported later.

Hayrapetian, 65, was arrested by Russian Federal Security Service officials on July 15. A Moscow court allowed the businessman’s two-month imprisonment while investigators conduct a probe into his alleged criminal connections and involvement in some illegal financial dealings. He was officially charged on July 24 with money laundering and embezzlement and his shares in the Russian oil company Bashneft, said to be worth $8.5 million were frozen.

Hayrapetian is considered to be one of the wealthiest Armenians in the world. He is known to have invested millions of dollars into developing Nagorno-Karabakh’s infrastructure and renovating the area’s historical-cultural monuments. His charity included a mass wedding for hundreds of Karabakh couples in 2008 and sponsorship of the construction of a military college in Martakert.

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