Hundreds of Armenians demand handover of murder suspect
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — About 1,000 Armenians have surrounded a Russian consulate and Russian military base, clashing with police to demand the handover of a Russian soldier suspected of murdering a family to Armenian authorities.
Hundreds of cars blaring horns moved Wednesday through the town of Gyumri, laying siege to the consulate and the base where the suspect is being held.
Armenian officials suspect the Russian soldier, Valery Permyakov, of shooting a family of six dead at their home Gyumri early Monday. The only family member to survive the massacre was a 6-month-old baby, who suffered stab wounds.
Russia, Armenia’s main sponsor and ally, offered condolences and assistance in the investigation, but the protesters demanded that the suspect be handed over to the Armenian authorities.