Russian Embassy Has No Comment on Pogroms

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Russian Embassy in Armenia refrained from commen’s on the pogroms in the Russian town of Krasnoarmeysk that left 15 Armenia’s injured–according to the Union of Armenia’s of Russia.

The estimations of Russian law-enforcers and the UAR on the incident are known to vary considerably. Interfax news agency quotes a senior Krasnoarmeysk police official as saying that there were clashes but not mass pogroms–as a result of which two hooligans were arrested. UAR reports say that there were about 45 participants in the pogroms. They reportedly broke into homes of ethnic Armenia’s and beat them. Among the victims there were also women and children.

The Armenian Embassy in Russia made an official statement July 8 following clashes between Armenia’s and local Slavs in Russian Krasnoarmeysk–some 30 miles northeast of Moscow. The statement particularly–runs: "the Armenian Embassy in Russia is concerned about the information spread by the Russian mass media about the attacks on Armenian nationals in Krasnoarmeysk.

We call for all the representatives of mass media to treat the problem seriously and sensibly–to avoid giving it a nationalistic coloring. Friendly relations between Armenia and Russia come up from centuries and such events can not hamper the development of these relations between the two countries.

The representatives of the Armenian Embassy of Russia were at the place of the incidents with representatives of the Union of Russian Armenia’s and got acquainted with the situation. We are convinced that the investigation into these crimes will be fair and the criminals will be punished according to the Russian legislation."

Mass cases of humiliation of ethnic Armenia’s and defilement of Armenian graves were reported in Krasnodar three months ago. In his commentaries to Noyan Tapan–Russian Ambassador to Armenia Anatoly Dryukov called the incidents "acts of vandalism" and said that "any manifestation of xenophobia–whether in the Krasnodar territory or any other regions of Russia–alarms Moscow most of all–taking into account the multi-ethnic composition of the Russian Federation’s population and the federative principle of state order in Russia."

Meanwhile–the Itar-Tass news agency quoting the Ukraine Interior Ministry reported that three Armenia’s were killed and five were injured during a conflict between two groups of people that took place Tuesday on a highway in a Kirovograd province.

Eight people–all of them Armenian residents of Ukraine working on highway construction–with bullet wounds were taken to the hospital–where three of them died. The participants of the skirmish were arrested.

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