Armenia: Still No Answers In High-Profile Gyumri Massacre
13 July, 2015

This is an exclusive interview by Hromadske, recorded recently, half a year after the massacre.

On January 11th, 2015, seven members of the Avetisyan family were murdered in the city of Gyumri, Armenia. Among those killed were two children, one two years old and a 6-month old stabbed with a knife.

"Six months have already passed, but nothing has been done," said Rita Petrosyan, sister to one of the deceased.

Valery Permyakov, a soldier at the Russian military base in Gyumri, is the chief suspect - as his fingerprints were found on the knife. This sparked a major outcry and mass protests around the country.

Petrosyan thinks that this is much too big of a job for one man: Permyakov is in the garrison. We cannot find out anything. I can’t believe…our lawyers suppose that he just didn’t realize his actions. I can’t believe it. There were seven people. One 19-year old guy couldn’t do all that."

Since the tragedy the Armenian government has taken over the case but little progress has been made public, especially to the families who want to see justice for their loved ones.

"If he was doing all that, if he shot, if he killed - then punish him," said Petrosyan.

//Video by Nastya Stanko and Oleksandr Nazarov. Filmed in June, 2015.