GYUMRI, Armenia (Combined Sources)–The lone survivor from a family who was brutally murdered by a Russian soldier who deserted his post and went on a killing spree has died, according to Armenia’s health ministry.
Six-month-old Seryozha Avetisyan, who was stabbed and received emergency treatment died Monday.
Armenia’s health ministry reported that local and international specialists worked tirelessly to save the infant, but he developed cardiovascular, pulmonary, and renal failure.
In the early morning of January 12, six members of a Gyumri family were murdered in their home: 54-year old Seryozha Avetisyan (father), 56-year old Hasmik Avetisyan (mother), 34-year old Armen Avetisyan (son), 25-year old Araksya Avetisyan (daughter-in-law), 36-year old Aida Avetisyan (daughter), 2-year Hasmik Avetisyan (2-year old child). The family’s seventh member, 6-8 month old Seryozha Avetisyan, was taken to the hospital with stab wounds
Valery Permyakov, a private soldier of the 102nd Russian military base in Gyumri, has confessed to the crime and is currently being held at the Russian military base.
This incident has angered residents of Gyumri and all of Armenia, with demands that Permyakov be handed to the Armenian authorities for prosecution according to Armenian laws.
Putin Calls Sarkisian
Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Serzh Sarkisian a week after the killing spree, expressing condolences and pledging to swiftly complete the investigation.
According to the Armenian presidential press service, Sarkisian “underscored that Armenian law-enforcement bodies will actively continue taking the necessary measures aimed at fully revealing all the details in the case. In this regard, the Armenian and Russian heads attached great importance on promoting close cooperation between the two countries’ law-enforcement bodies.”
The Russian Interfax news agency reported that Putin promised Sarkisian that the guilty parties would be punished.