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Armenian In Russian Border Guards Found Hanged

An Armenian who was serving with Russian border guards in Armenia has been found hanged.

Officials in the village of Gusanagukh in the northern Shirak region said on November 20 that 31-year-old Volodya Hovannisian was found hanged in his village home overnight.

In March, another Armenian national serving with Russian border guards, 26-year-old Artur Afian, was found hanged in Shirak's capital, Gyumri, where the unit he served as a contract soldier was based.

Gyumri is the site of Russia's military base in Armenia, Moscow's main foothold in the strategic South Caucasus region.

A private from the base, Valery Permyakov, is currently being tried for the alleged murder of seven members of an Armenian family in Gyumri on January 12.

The high-profile killings sparked large protests by Armenians in January.

Based on reporting by and Interfax

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