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Thousands of Armenians demand handover of Russian soldier – alleged killer

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn Armenia, on Thursday, February 15, at least 12 people have been injured in clashes with the police during a mass protest, where people demanded the handover of a Russian soldier, who confessed to killing six family members.

Violence erupted when thousands of protesters in the western town of Gyumri tried to march on the Russian consulate.

Valery Permyakov, a soldier at the Russian base in the South Causasus, has confessed to killing the family, including a two-year-old girl, on Monday.

BBC reports that he is being held at the Russian base. Russia has promised to investigate the killings, but has so far refused to hand the soldier over to Armenian authorities.

Earlier on Thursday, thousands of people attended funerals of the six members of the family.

The incident has raised tensions between Russia and Armenia, Moscow’s closest ally in the Caucasus region.

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