“The ethnic crimes in Russia cannot be regarded as an attitude of the whole Russian people towards Armenians,” the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Armenia Ruben Tovmassyan said during a news conference on August 24. He said that “Russia has been and is Armenia’s best friend.”
“I condemn ethnic crimes, but in the case of Vigen Abramyants we don’t know the motives but just the fact of murder,” Tovmassyan said and noted that “in Yerevan too they sometimes kill passers-by.” Tovmassyan said that it is a shame to raise a hand and shout “Heil Hitler” in a country who has defeated the Fascism. As regards political parties, they should not very much rely on the US or the EU. “Only Russia is our closest partner,” Tovmassyan said.
Almost 10 crimes have been committed against ethnic Armenians in Russia since the beginning of 2006. One of them, the murder of student Vigen Abramyants at the Pushkinskaya subway station, was stopped a few days ago “because the Moscow Subway Prosecutor’s Office is unable to detect the people who have committed the crime.”