Russian Service Member Found Dead In Armenia’s Gyumri

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Russian Service Member Found Dead In Armenia's Gyumri

Russian military troops take part in a military drill on Sernovodsky polygon close to the Chechnya border, some 260 kilometers from the southern Russian city of Stavropol, March 19, 2015. IMAGE: AFP

A Russian service member of the 102nd Military Base in Armenia’s Gyumri was found dead, the Press Service of the Southern Military District of Russia announced on November 26.

In an official statement, the Press Service revealed that the corpse was found by a fellow Russian service member.

“The command commission of the Russian military station of the Southern Military District of Russia and law-enforcement officers are conducting an investigation into the death of the contractual serviceman,” the statement reads.

The Southern District’s Press Service noted that no traces of violence were found on the corpse of the service member, adding that the circumstances of the accident will be cleared soon.

According to Armenian sources, the deceased was a 36-year old contractual service member deployed in the Russian 102nd Military Base in Gyumri.

The accident came as Russia is deploying peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh to implement the November 9 peace deal between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The 102nd Military Base in Gyumri is the largest Russian military installation in Armenia. From 3,000 to 5,000 Russian service members, including border guards, are deployed in the country. About 2,000 additional troops will be carrying out the peacekeeping mission in Nagorno-Karabakh.


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