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Armenia: Russian soldier given life imprisonment by Armenian court for family of seven murders01:15

Armenia: Russian soldier given life imprisonment by Armenian court for family of seven murders

Armenia, Gyumri
August 23, 2016 at 03:51 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian soldier Valeri Permyakov was sentenced to life imprisonment at a Russian military base in Gyumri, on Tuesday, for the killing of a family of seven, including two children, in an incident which took place in the city last year.

As well as the seven murder counts, Permyakov was found guilty of illegally attempting to cross the Armenian-Turkish border and robbery. The defendant refused to testify but pleaded guilty and did not at any time dispute the alleged offence during the trial.

Hearings were held on the territory of Russia's military base but under Armenian jurisdiction, as part of a deal brokered between Moscow and Yerevan. A Russian military court had already sentenced Permyakov to ten years imprisonment.

On January 12, 2015, Permyakov, who was a private serving in the Russian military in Armenia, went AWOL. He entered a house, apparently chosen at random, and shot seven people, including a two year old girl and a six-month-old baby, who later died of injuries whilst in hospital.

Permyakov was detained by Russian Border Guards serving in Armenia while apparently attempting to cross the border into Turkey. The incident triggered spontaneous demonstrations in Gyumri and Yerevan, with protesters demanding that Permyakov serve his sentence in Armenia.

Armenia: Russian soldier given life imprisonment by Armenian court for family of seven murders01:15
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Russian soldier Valeri Permyakov was sentenced to life imprisonment at a Russian military base in Gyumri, on Tuesday, for the killing of a family of seven, including two children, in an incident which took place in the city last year.

As well as the seven murder counts, Permyakov was found guilty of illegally attempting to cross the Armenian-Turkish border and robbery. The defendant refused to testify but pleaded guilty and did not at any time dispute the alleged offence during the trial.

Hearings were held on the territory of Russia's military base but under Armenian jurisdiction, as part of a deal brokered between Moscow and Yerevan. A Russian military court had already sentenced Permyakov to ten years imprisonment.

On January 12, 2015, Permyakov, who was a private serving in the Russian military in Armenia, went AWOL. He entered a house, apparently chosen at random, and shot seven people, including a two year old girl and a six-month-old baby, who later died of injuries whilst in hospital.

Permyakov was detained by Russian Border Guards serving in Armenia while apparently attempting to cross the border into Turkey. The incident triggered spontaneous demonstrations in Gyumri and Yerevan, with protesters demanding that Permyakov serve his sentence in Armenia.