Memorial at the entrance the Russian military base in Gyumri. Photo by Tigran Petrosyan for the Caucasian Knot

27 November 2020, 08:34

Russian contract serviceman found dead in Armenia

A serviceman from the Russian military base in Armenia was found dead; an investigation is underway, the press service of the Southern Military District of the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has informed.

According to the MoD, a colleague of the deceased man found the body outside the military unit, at the casualty's residence, the TASS has reported.

The commission of the command of the Russian military base, together with law enforcers, is conducting an investigation. "No traces of violent death have been found on the body of the serviceman," the "Sputnik-Armenia" has quoted the press service of the Southern Military District of the Russian MoD as stating.

Earlier, the "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on July 4, 2020, a 20-year-old Russian, who also served at the 102nd Military Base in Gyumri, was found dead in his apartment. They found a suicide note with him. The Investigating Committee opened a case on driving the casualty to suicide.

Servicemen from the Russian base have also been repeatedly implicated in the killings of local residents. Thus, on December 3, 2018, a 57-year-old resident of Gyumri, Juliet Gukasyan, was beaten up and later died in hospital. On suspicion of intentionally causing grievous bodily harm, a Russian serviceman was detained. Armenia then handed it over to the Russian party.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on November 26, 2020 at 09:16 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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