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FOUR ARMENIANS AMONG 13 MASS BRAWL PARTICIPANTS CONVICTED IN KAZAKHSTAN

On January 1 night Zhanseit Rakhymzhan was killed in a mass brawl near the Ancient Rome restaurant in Karaganda, Kazakhstan.

That case caused concern both in Kazakhstan and in Armenia.

The prime suspect, Azerbaijani Yusuf Nurulu, was found guilty of murder and armed hooliganism and sentenced to 19 years in prison. The court ordered him to pay 3m tenge ($7,700).

Ten other defendants, with four of them being Armenians – Tigran Stepanyan and Arman Hovhannisyan (both sentenced to 3-year imprisonment) and Torgom Malkhasyan and Khachatur Hovhannisyan (sentenced to four and four and a half years respectively) – were found guilty of armed hooliganism.

Sokhak Malkhasyan and Armen Khachatryan were exempted from criminal liability due to reconciliation with the aggrieved party.

One more Armenian man, Narek Gururyan, is involved in the case. CCTV footage shows him holding a knife in his hand. He left Kazakhstan after the brawl and was detained in Russia and is now awaiting extradition.