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Court hearing of the case into the murder of Avetisyan family of Gyumri, Armenia, resumed Friday, in the 102nd Russian Military Base in the city.

Defendant Valery Permyakov, however, had refused to testify.

So, the videos of his interrogation during the respective investigation are continuing to be shown during this hearing.

Also, the court read the text of Permyakov’s further questioning by the Russian law enforcement, on February 6.

Six members of the Avetisyan family—including a two-year-old girl—were shot dead, and a six-month-old baby—Seryozha Avetisyan—was wounded in their house in Gyumri on January 12, 2015; but the baby boy died in hospital one week later.

Valery Permyakov, a serviceman of the 102nd Russian Military Base in the city, is charged with these murders.

Armenia and Russia instituted criminal cases on charges of murder and military desertion, respectively. On August 12, the Russian court sentenced Permyakov to ten years in prison. And on October 16, Armenia formally brought criminal charges against the Russian soldier.

Valery Permyakov has pleaded guilty to all charges—brutal murder, robbery, and attempt to cross the Armenian state border—that are brought against him.

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