Authorities Show Proof of Permyakov Handover Request

Armenian Prosecutor General Gevorg Kostanian addresses protestors and reporters in Gyumri. Jan. 15, 2015. (Photo: Photolure)

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—Armenian authorities have presented a photocopy of an official document sent from Russia acknowledging the receipt of Yerevan’s formal request for the transfer to Armenian custody of a Russian soldier accused of killing seven members of a single family in Armenia last month.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Prosecutor’s Office also said that the request submitted by Armenian Prosecutor-General Gevorg Kostanian in a letter addressed to his Russian counterpart Yuri Chaika on February 3 is “being considered by partners in the Russian Federation.”

A photocopy of the Russian Prosecutor General's response to his Armenian counterpart's request for the extradition of Permyakov

The publication of the document dated February 20 follows a series of media publications in Armenia casting doubts that the Armenian authorities have ever submitted a formal request for Valery Permyakov, a 19-year-old solider from the Russian military base stationed in Gyumri, to be handed over to Armenian jurisdiction.

The man charged with killing seven members of the Avetisian family, including a two-year-old girl and six-month-old boy, in a January 12 shooting rampage in Gyumri is currently kept at the base and, as authorities in Moscow say, will be tried by a Russian military court.

On January 15, hundreds of protesters demanding that Permyakov be transferred to Armenian custody clashed with police in the northwestern Armenian city. Prosecutor-General Kostanian promised then that he would seek Armenian jurisdiction over the case.

The statement issued by the Prosecutor’s Office follows protests by relatives of the murdered family, who gathered in the provincial prosecutor’s office in Gyumri on Monday demanding a meeting with Kostanian. They also called on the authorities to provide definitive answers, including on the Permyakov custody issue, and threatened to hold more protests in the city on Friday if their demands are not met.


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  1. zarkim said:

    Hrachya Harutyunyan an Armenian truck driver had an accident in Russia.
    Harutiunian’s arrest caused controversy when he was made to appear in court wearing a women’s gown hours after his accident and arrest.
    CORRUPT Russian Legal system allowed this low act to happen.
    Valery Permyakov has killed seven people in cold blood.
    They should force Valery Permyakov appear NUDE in YEREVAN streets?
    Valery Permyakov looks like PUTIN. May be related?
    Russians should get all of their SICK PERSONNEL out of Armenia. Valery Permyakov should be forced to appear in an Armenian Court wearing nothing.
    RUSSIA should compensate Armenia, Avetisian family, and Hrachya Harutyunyan for their (Russian) BARBARIC acts.
    Russian citizens should GET OF ARMENIA if they feel unhappy. No second Ukraine in Armenia.

  2. Hratch said:

    Fait Accompli

    No way will Tsar Putin hand over the scum. The scum looks too much like him. In any event, there’s a better chance of Tsar Putin going to the Hague for downing Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 than handing this case to Armenian authorities.

  3. Antranik said:

    As I criticised Mr Kostanian recently,I now apologise to him and say well done.
    And now Mr President will have to stand up and demand for the murderer to be transfferd to Armenia to stand trial,get convicted,sent to prison and have the key thrown away.

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