by Marianna Mkrtchyan
It is necessary to hold a protest action in front Russia's Embassy in Armenia to support Levon Hayrapetyan, and to demand immediate changing of the pre-trial restrictions regarding him, a businessman Vahagn Hovnanyan said at today's press-conference.
He said that Hayrapetyan's health status does not allow keeping him in custody, and the Russian court had to take this into consideration. "Moreover, Hayrapetyan is such a good and kind man that such an attitude regarding him is simply inadmissible. We have to hold a protest action in front Russia's Embassy in Armenia to support Levon Hayrapetyan, and to demand immediate changing of the pre-trial restrictions regarding him", he said.
To remind, the Russian special services have detained one of the richest Armenian businessmen in the world Levon Hayrapetyan on suspicion of being privy to the notorious "Kingisep" criminal group. According to Rosbalt, Hayrapetyan was detained on Tuesday upon arriving in Moscow from his home in Monaco. Shortly the investigators are planning to petition the Basmanny Court to arrest the businessman. They are currently investigating the case of Sergey-Finagin's "Kingisepp" group, which together with Alexander Matusov's "Schelkovo" gang, is believed to have done a number of contract killings first for businessman Georgy Safiyev (killed in the United States) and then for former Senator Igor Izmestyev (who is now in jail for life). And it was Izmestyev who said that Levon Hayrapetyan was privy to some of the killings, particularly, those related to the Bashneft oil company.