By Atom Markarian
Armenia’s government allocated on Thursday 129 million drams ($290,000) in financial assistance to the families of all Armenian nationals killed in the plane crash in southern Russia.
Minister for Local Government Hovik Abrahamian said the money will fully cover the cost of the transportation of the victims’ bodies to Armenia and the funeral expenses of their bereaved relatives.
The identified bodies of 11 Armenians retrieved by Russian rescuers from the Black Sea are due to flown to Yerevan early on Friday. The government released their names in a separate statement.
Abrahamian said each of the 85 families will receive 1.5 million drams ($3,400) in cash from the state in addition to $20,000 compensations promised by the Armavia airline that carried out the ill-fated flight. “Besides, some businessmen wanted the government to open a special bank account so that they can provide financial assistance to the families of the dead,” he told reporters. “We accepted the proposal.”
Abrahamian also said that the families of the more than 20 ethnic Armenian victims of the disaster that had Russian passports will get similar assistance from the Russian government.