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by Ashot Safaryan
Press-Service of the Frontier Department of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation in Armenia has disseminated a statement, wherein it expresses regret over the latest incident with representatives of the Heritage opposition party.
On 25 September, Russian frontier guards wearing uniform of FSS officers detained and searched the cars of the Heritage Party representatives while they traveled to Meghri to organize election campaign in the single-mandate constituency No.38 in Syunik region.
According to the statement by Heritage Party, FSS officers detained and searched the cars of the Heritage Party representatives without any legal substantiation. The party said that FSS officers behaved very crudely and even seized and broke the camera from a member of the Party's Campaign Headquarters.
The Frontier Department says in the statement that Zaruhi Postanjyan from Heritage Party together with a group of persons was in Syunik region at the time when the officers of the Frontier Department jointly with the Armenian law-enforcers were conducting operational search of persons suspected in a crime. The Russian party says that the persons accompanying Zaruhi Poastanjyan acted in a provocative manner and demonstratively recorded the frontier guards. The press-service of the Frontier Department refutes the reports on the broken camera of the Heritage Party representatives. Further in the statement, the Frontier Department says that the group of people accompanying Postanjyan created obstacles to the border patrol unit fulfilling their duties, which, in turn, could impede search and detention of dangerous criminals. The Frontier Department of the RF FSS in Armenia expresses regret over the incident and stresses the necessity of observing the rules of the frontier regime. To recall, the RF FSS Frontier Department guards and patrols the state border of Armenia with Turkey and Iran.