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Relatives of the Avetisyan family, which was brutally last year in Gyumri, Armenia, do not believe that Valery Permyakov, a serviceman of the 102nd Russian Military Base in Gyumri and who has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of this family, had committed these murders all by himself, and they are dissatisfied with the murder trial that wrapped up in the said Russian military base.

Lusine Avetisyan, a relative of the slain family, on Wednesday told reporters that the trial gave no answer to any question. In her words, the relatives of the Avetisyan had faith that justice would be served because some people had given a “man’s word,” but they did not keep their promise.

Yegor Adamyan, a son-in-law of the murdered family, for his part, noted that they had sent a letter to the President of Armenia, and asked that he take the murder trial under his auspices and make everything known. But, as per Adamyan, the President did not help them.

In turn, Lusine Avetisyan expressed a view that Permyakov had not acted alone, and that is why he keeps silent when he is asked why he had committed such a crime. Avetisyan added that Permyakov’s commanders are also guilty, since they had brought him to Armenia and let him serve here.

Artur Kshotyan, another son-in-law of the murdered family, said the Armenian side likewise did not wish to reveal the truth. Otherwise, it would have demanded that other Russian military servicemen also be brought and tried.

When asked what will be their future course of action, Lusine Avetisyan responded: “We have filed a civil suit so that Russia will be dealt even a small blow; we have done [this] so that they will be punished. We hope that this case will be [truly] solved at least one day, years later. If they tell us even from the European Court [of Human Rights] that we conduct a reopening of the graves [of the slain family in order conduct an investigation], I’m ready for it, as long as everything is revealed. We will protest all the way to the European Court.” 

The tragic incident took place on January 12, 2015. According to the indictment, Valery Permyakov entered the Avetisyan family home on that day, and he killed home residents Aida Avetisyan, Hasmik Avetisyan, Seryozha Avetisyan, Armen Avetisyan, Araksya Poghosyan, and little girl Hasmik Avetisyan. Subsequently, he stabbed 6-month-old Seryozha Avetisyan five times. The baby boy died in the hospital one week later.

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