A few hours ago Russian mass media reported an incident in Pyatigorsk. A gas blast killed the ex-chief of Armenia’s Police, Major-General Ashot Karapetyan.
Reliable sources told Armlink.am that the blast occurred at the Surprise brewery in Novoye. The second victim is Tigran Tarposhyan, director of the brewery. The cause of the blast must have been a handmade gas pipe.
One of the “exciting” episodes in General Karapetyan’s biography is brutal beating of protesters in Yerevan, in April 2004. According to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), General Karapetyan beat one of the protesters, Grisha Virabyan, with a metal bar. Later, the victim had to undergo complicated surgery. At that time, General Karapetyan was Vice-Chief of the Ararat police department.
Among his victims is Natasha Voskanyan, who worked at the Harsnakar restaurant. She tells:
“Karapetyan struck me on the face one or twice. After that, with all his strength he began to strike my hands, mainly my fingers. After I hid my hands under my armpits, he brought a lit cigarette to my left hand and put it out, swearing, insulting and threatening me.”
That incident did not at all end General Karapetyan’s career. In 2007, he was appointed Chief of the Nor-Nork police department, in 2009 Chief of the Kentron police department (both are Yerevan communities). In 2011, General Karapetyan was appointed Chief of the Head Criminal Investigation Department, RA Police. And in 2013, he was promoted to the post of Chief of the Yerevan Police Department. In 2016, he was dismissed after Sasna Tserer members captured a patrol force regiment in Yerevan.