Russian Military Court Convicts Permyakov in Gyumri

YEREVAN—Valery Permyakov, the Russian serviceman accused of murdering seven members of the Avetisyan family in Gyumri, was convicted on Aug. 12 of desertion and illegal weapons possession as a precursor to his murder trial.

Valery Permyakov
Valery Permyakov

A Russian military court in Gyumri handed Permyakov a 10-year prison sentence on charges of desertion and illegal weapons possession, reported the Associated Press (AP). Armenian authorities will pursue a separate trial for the murders. A date for that trial has not yet been set.

Permyakov was in custody at the Russian military base in Gyumri after being arrested during an attempt to cross the Armenian-Turkish border. Questions over whether Permyakov would be prosecuted by a Russian military tribunal in Yerevan or by an Armenian court arose after it was confirmed that he would not be extradited to Russia. Russian soldiers on the Gyumri military base who commit crimes are subject to Armenian law enforcement and judicial bodies, per a bilateral treaty signed in 1997 between Armenia and Russia.

Armenian state prosecutors confirmed on June 30 that Permyakov would be tried by an Armenian court. Several protests and demonstrations in Armenia were staged after news of the murder spread on Jan. 12. Protesters in Gyumri and Yerevan made several demands, including having the Russian military base closed and insisting that Permyakov be turned over to Armenian law enforcement.



  1. 10 years given by Russian Military Court. You must be kidding. Nothing less than a life sentence or better still to be executed by the Armenian Authorities & be hanged in Gyumri. That is justice served & nothing less.

    • 10 years is for the desertion from the Russian military base.
      Russia tried him first, because his first crime was desertion.

      Second trial by an Armenian court for murder of 7 Armenian citizens on Armenian soil is next.

      Most he can get is life.
      If I am not mistaken RoA abolished the death penalty under pressure of Europe, as part of becoming member of some European bodies.
      I could be wrong about the reason, but am pretty sure RoA has no death penalty.

  2. He took the lives of 7 innocent people (including 3 children) therefore he should not live & never see the day light again – bloody monster.

  3. Avery,
    I wonder how many “Permyakovs” lives in Gyumri, Armenia, and we are not aware of them. Death penalty will not solve the problem.I wonder how many unemployed Tatar-Turks from North Caucasus are employed in Russian Army and pretend as faithful “Russian Orthodox” soldier, who are willing to serve in Gyumri base in Armenia!

    • GB:

      Instead of wondering, why don’t you do something about it.
      Please travel for your Fall vacation to Gyumri, and conduct a survey.
      I know both the mayor of Gyumri and the Commandant of the 102nd base: tell them Avery from Los Angeles sent you, and you will have Cart Blanche to interview every soldier at the base.


      You can eliminate the need to wonder entirely.
      Recruit about 5,000 or so young Diaspora Armenian men and have them garrison the base and guard the border with Turkey.
      You will of course be expected to also provide an air wing equipped with modern jets capable of stopping the Turk armored columns racing towards Gyumri, and also, hopefully some tactical nukes.
      Just in case.

      When your 5,000 man division is ready, let me know.
      I have борщ (borshch) with Цар (Tsar) Putin in the Kremlin Palace! regularly: I will have no problem convincing him to send his Russian soldiers and officers to serve in their own homeland, Russia, instead of remote Armenia.

      Let me know as soon as your armored division is ready.

  4. Avery

    I did not know, that you are one of the top Putin’s faithful officer in Gyumri’s Russian Barrack ….. WOW!! I bet Putin send you special Russian made of Borscht to you on daily bases!!!Բարի ախորժակ!

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