House Arrest for Hayrapetian; Putin Says He Won’t Intervene

Levon Hayrapetian


MOSCOW (Combined Sources)—A Moscow court on Friday decided to place Karabakh businessman Levon Hayrapetian under house arrest, releasing him from jail. Also on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin remarked that he would not intervene in the case, but expressed hope that matter would be resolved outside of criminal courts.

Speaking at an investment forum in Moscow on Friday, Putin said he would not intervene in the case that involves Russian oil giant Bashnevt, for which Hayrapetian was detained and indicted.

“I hope that all solutions will be found not within criminal law, but rather based on civil law and in arbitration,” said Putin, signaling a possible easing of the government’s position to file criminal charges against principals involved in the legal case, including Hayrapetian.

On Wednesday, Russia’s Human Rights Ombudswomen Alla Pafilova announced that her office was watching the Hayrapetian case closely and has sent inquiries to officials directly involved with the case.

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.

On September 12, a Moscow court extended Hayrapetyan’s arrest despite his attorney’s appeals on the grounds that Hayrapetian is seriously ill and requires medical supervision. The court set bail at 30 million rubles (approximately $76,000).

Earlier in September, a second criminal case was files against Hayrapetian.

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 conducted 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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6 Comments

  1. Areg said:

    Mr. President Putin,

    The Turkish lobby in Russia is behind the arrest of Levon Hayrapetian. The Turkish lobby in the Western World also exercises the same dirty tricks against the Armenians.

    Russia and the Western World must come to their senses and stop this Pan Turkism plan. These Turkish barbarians will dig out the graves of everyone on the path of their destruction of the mankind.

  2. Vasken said:

    I think Putin intervenes in everything, even outside of his country… in this case he won’t, when he want to use as lever in politic with Armenia. it’s a sign of anxiety in a man…

  3. hiedi said:

    **** He is an Armenian giant…!!! we all are praying for his freedom and health., the truth and justice will prevail.

  4. Hratch said:

    “Russian President Vladimir Putin remarked that he would not intervene in the case, but expressed hope that matter would be resolved outside of criminal courts.”

    Who takes this statement seriously? That is like saying the annexation of Crimea was a spontaneous occurrence without his knowledge……give us all a break will you!

  5. light said:

    viva Levon Hyrapetyan
    keep up the good work for ARTSAKH AND GUYMRI

    GOD BLESS YOU

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