Alleged Assailant, a Russian Soldier, to Be Tried in Armenia
GUMRI (RFE/RL and BBC) — A 6-month-old boy who had been stabbed last week in what authorities say was a brutal attack by a Russian soldier in Armenia has died.
The Armenian Health Ministry said that Seryozha Avetisian, who had been the sole survivor of the attack that killed his parents, 2-year-old sister, aunt and grandparents, died on January 19 at the Holy Mother of God Medical Center in Yerevan.
“Despite lengthy, continuous efforts by local and international experts, the attempts to improve the boy’s condition did not bring positive results. The patient’s heart, lungs and kidneys gradually failed, which led to his death,” the statement said.
Officials say a conscript at Russia’s military base in Armenia, Valery Permyakov, confessed to the attack after Russian authorities apprehended him at the Armenian-Turkish border on January 13.
The attack sparked violent protests last week in Yerevan and Gumri, the site of the Russian base and the slain family’s home, by Armenians demanding the suspect be transferred to Armenian custody.