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Council of the Karabakh War Freedom-Fighters has addressed an open letter to President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, Parliament Speaker Hovik Abrahamyan, Acting Prosecutor General Aram Tamrazyan, and Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan demanding release of Reserve Colonel Volodya Avetisyan.
The veterans say in the letter that the charges brought against Avetisyan are groundless, because he is a reserve colonel and occupies no position. Additionally, the veterans say that Volodya Avetisyan could not make any illegal actions and his arrest was connected with his latest protests against the social situation in the country and demands for better life for freedom-fighters.
Veteran and reserve colonel Volodya Avetisyan was promptly arrested at home on Thursday, 19 September, without a warrant.
Afterwards, the RA Ministry of Defense Investigation Service issued a statement saying that Avetisyan was arrested under RA Criminal Code Article 178 Section 2.2, suspected of "swindling large amounts."
"Avetisyan, for fraud and abuse of trust, under the pretense of providing assistance in the matter of exempting citizen H. Zakaryan's grandson from compulsory military service, swindled 2000 USD from H. Zakaryan. A criminal investigation is underway," reads the defense ministry's statement.
Recall, Volodya Avetisyan is one of the leaders of the struggle to improve war veterans' socioeconomic conditions that began in May. He had organized sit-ins in Liberty Square and organized war veterans' visits to the regions. Earlier, Avetisyan held a sitting strike in Republic Square protesting against social and economic situation in the country. However, he has already declared that his arrested bears no relation to his public activity.