Duma Leaders Demand Explanation on Possible Information Leak

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–At a session of the Russian State Duma Wednesday parliament member Galina Starovoytova raised questions on how a report by chairman of the Duma’s defense committee Lev Rokhlin given at a closed session of the parliament was made public and printed in the "Moskovsky Komsomolets" newspaper.

Russian parliament chairman Gennady Seleznev also addressed this problem in his speech. Duma commissioned an ad hoc committee to conduct a probe into the fact.

The Thursday session of the Duma began with protests of a group members who have recently visited Armenia. They demanded that the anti-Armenian campaign launched after Lev Rokhlin’s statement be stopped.

Galina Starovoytova also demanded that Lev Rokhlin make a report regarding arms and military vehicles supplies to Azerbaijan between 1993 and 1996.

A decision was made that a draft resolution of the Duma in this regard will be discussed at a full session Wednesday.

Past information agency published the list of supplied arms in the Moscow Communist newspaper.

The article in Moscow Communist further states that of the supplied equipment–24 operative-tactical missiles for the R-17 system alone are sufficient to completely destroy Baku–especially since Armenian officers received a special training on their use in Kapustniy Yar.

The author of the story stresses that though the supply of weaponry started when Pavel Grachov was Russian defense minister–it continued in 1996–bypassing the new minister Rodionov.

"Knowing careful attitude of the former commander-in-chief Mikhail Kolesnikov–we have no doubt he received corresponding orders from very high ranking officials," concludes the author of the article Alexander Budberg.

And finally–according to a report from Past agency–Rokhlin was invited for a discussion at Russian Special Services. According to reliable sources in Moscow–an investigation of the supply of arms to Armenia has started. The supply of weaponry to Azerbaijan is also under investigation.

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