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Armenian Serving With Russian Border Guards Found Hanged


Armenia -- Artur Afian, an Armenian who served under contract with Russian border guards

Armenia -- Artur Afian, an Armenian who served under contract with Russian border guards

An Armenian man who served with Russian border guards in Gyumri has been found hanged after going missing.

Armenian media reports cited the Shirak regional prosecutor’s office as saying on March 9 that Artur Afian’s body was found behind a shop in the northwestern town, where the unit he served with under a contract is based.

Afian, 26, went missing on February 21. He had reportedly been given permission to leave his unit and visit relatives in a village near Gyumri but never showed up.

Armenian authorities have instituted a criminal case under a penal code article dealing with murder. A forensic examination has been appointed to establish the cause and time of death, the Investigation Committee of Armenia says.

Gyumri is the site of Russia’s military base in Armenia, Moscow’s main foothold in the strategic South Caucasus region.

A private from the base, Valery Permyakov, is accused of murdering seven members of an Armenian family in Gyumri on January 12.

The killings sparked large protests by Armenians demanding Permyakov be handed to their country for trial.

But Permyakov is in custody at the Russian base and will be tried there.

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