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Lieutenant General Manvel Grigoryan, who was a former MP of the National Assembly of Armenia, ex-chairman of Yerkrapah Volunteers Union, and Hero of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), will not be buried at Yerablur Military Pantheon in Yerevan.

His former assistant Mesrop Manukyan told Armenian News-NEWS.am that the funeral will take place Saturday at the cemetery of his native Arshaluys village. But Manukyan did not comment on why it was decided that way.

Instead, political scientist Edgar Elbakyan wrote on Facebook that according to his information, the current authorities had refused to fulfill Grigoryan's last wish that he be laid to rest at Yerablur Military Pantheon.

Manvel Grigoryan had been in critical condition in recent days. While being in Artsakh for a week after the start of the war there, he became infected with the coronavirus, his health deteriorated sharply, and he was transferred to Yerevan.

Grigoryan was a participant in the Artsakh Liberation War in the early 1990s.

After the revolution in Armenia in 2018, however, Manvel Grigoryan was charged with illegal possession of weapons and ammunition, misappropriation of property, tax evasion, waste of state funds, and organizing the stealing of property through extortion. Initially, he was remanded in custody, but due to his deteriorating health condition, this decision was later commuted to house arrest.

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