“Hayk” presents the details of a grisly murder committed outside the Armenian capital of Yerevan on August 6. Just after midnight, two persons later identified as A. Andreasian and G. Balian flagged down a passing VAZ 2101 car near the village of Arinj in Armenia’s Kotayk province. Ordering the five passengers out, the men armed with hunting rifles started to beat them viciously before allowing them to leave. But no sooner had their car began to move than the two attackers opened fire, fatally wounding one of the passengers inside.
The man identified as 22-year-old Dmitri Yermolov died on the way to hospital.
This information was reported to local police by the driver of the attacked car, Anatoly Krylov, a citizen of the Russian Federation. Police later arrested the two suspects and confiscated their rifles. While investigation is continuing, police said the incident was the result of a groundless argument.
The paper comments in this regard: “Armenia has turned into a country where one runs the risk of being subjected to unmotivated beating or can easily get murdered if there is the slightest motive. While the motive behind the attack remains unclear, one can say for sure that the four companions of the murdered man survived by miracle as bullets luckily missed them.”
“One could really admire the quick and efficient work of our law-enforcers if they had mentioned in their statement whose people A. Andreasian and G. Balian were.”
The sources of the Panorama.am online publication suggest that an oligarch’s bodyguards were behind the murder.
And “Aravot” writes in this connection: “According to the information of the Russian Regnum news agency, these two suspects work at the security service of Multi Group, a company belonging to tycoon Gagik Tsarukian. Representatives of Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia Party categorically deny this information.”
“Hayk” also reports that on August 4, in the Makarov field of the village of Pushkino, police found a four-year-old boy who had been missing for three days. The child identified as resident of the village of Pushkino of the Lori province Artur Cherkesov was transported to Stepanavan’s hospital. Doctors said his life was out of danger.
“Aravot” reports that about 60 square meters of lawns were destroyed near the main square in the town of Echmiadzin to clear the way for the construction of a service facility. The paper reminds that only a few months ago Echmiadzin authorities dismantled all facilities in the area “to preserve the lovely view of the town” only to allow the construction of an internet club in that same place later.
Residents of Echmiadzin’s 6 Mashtots street who alerted “Aravot” to the fact, identified the owner of the construction project as Gagik Mkrtchian, a member of the Yerkrapah Union of Karabakh war veterans [an organization led by the town’s strongman General Manvel Grigorian]. They claimed it was his affiliation with Yerkrapah that allowed him to get such a generous gift from the town’s authorities.
In its editorial, “Aravot” offers a better way for Armenian law-enforcers to clamp down on illegally carried guns: “Just search several dozen Hammers and other expensive SUVs and the thugs surrounding them in Demirchian Street on a National Assembly session day in September. You’ll find so many illegal guns that would be enough for several gangs.”