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by Ashot Safaryan
Frontier Department of the RF Federal Security Service (FSS) is expected to make explanations over the incident with Heritage Party representatives, particularly, MP Zaruhi Postanjyan, in Meghri, overnight. Spokesperson of the Frontier Department Sergey Grechin told ArmInfo.
"We are so far studying the details of the incident. We are concerned over some details that need thorough consideration. Afterwards, we will come out with a relevant statement," Grechin said.
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. They let the cars leave only after Z. Postanjyan showed her certificate of the Armenian parliamentarian. Heritage Party says in the statement that the Russian frontier guards were accompanied by the Armenian servicemen. The same day, the cars of the Party were detained while driving back from Meghri. Postanyan says that FSS officers behaved very crudely and even seized and broke the camera from David Hakobyan, a member of the Party's Campaign Headquarters. Afterwards, a high-ranking officer, who introduced himself as Colonel Mirzoyev, apologized to Postanjyan for the behavior of the frontier guards and offered compensation for the broken camera. He explained that frontier guards searched an Iranian drug smuggler.
Postanyan refused to take compensation and said that the damage should be compensated through legal procedures. The parliamentarian intends to apply to relevant structures over the incident.