Reference on death cases in RA Armed Forces and NK Defense Army in the first 6 months of 2017July 10, 2017 Reference
HCA Vanadzor collected the data on the death cases in January-June 2017 from the information disseminated by the mass media and official sources as well as provided by the families of the deceased servicemen.
According to the findings of the study by HCA Vanadzor, in January-June 2017, 36 conscript soldiers and contract servicemen, more exactly 23 conscript soldiers and 13 contract servicemen, deceased in the RA armed forces and NK defense army.
Out of the 36 death cases, 16 were caused by ceasefire violations, 4 cases – by murder, 6 cases – by accidents, 6 cases – by suicide or causing somebody to commit suicide and the other 4 cases were caused by health problems. Out of the said 36 cases, there are official reports on 34 and information on the other 2 cases was collected only from the mass media reports.
Out of the identified 36 cases, 33 cases occurred when the servicemen were in service, in 2 other cases servicemen died at the Central Clinical Military Hospital and 1 case occurred on the way to work.
Criminal cases were initiated under the articles below of the RA Criminal Code on 30 death cases in January-June 2017.
To compare, it should be noted that in the same period of 2016, according to HCA Vanadzor’s information on the period till January 16, 2017, 136 death cases were identified, 77 of which were caused by the hostilities of April 1-5:
The accurate information on the number of death cases throughout 2016 specified by HCA Vanadzor is provided in the Reference on Updated Information on Death Cases Identified in RA Armed Forces and NK Defense Army in 2016 published on July 6, 2017.
Note that if we consider the death cases in this period without those caused by the hostilities of April 2-5, 2016, we can see that in 2013-2017 more death cases were registered in peacetime /92/ than due to ceasefire violation /76/.
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The Court demanded that Central Medical Commission submitted grounds for declaring the conscript fit for serviceJuly 22, 2017
T.M.’s representative S. Soghomonyan presented the substance and grounds of the claim. Then, considering that the issue under consideration concerned a contest claim and in that case the burden of proof was borne by the defendant party, the Court ruled to demand from the defendant RA Central Medical Commission the materials of the administrative proceedings underlying the decision on the conscript’s fitness for military service and based on that postponed the court hearing.
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EaP CSF Armenian National Platform finds unacceptable the censorship and discrimination displayed within the framework of “Golden Apricot” film festivalJuly 19, 2017
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The Russian side has not provided the RA Investigative Committee with any materials of the criminal case on V. Permyakov’s desertion from the military unitJuly 13, 2017
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