ArmInfo. Issues related to the search for former Armenian officials have a more legal and juridical direction than political. Russian Ambassador to Armenia Sergey Kopyrkin expressed such an opinion in an interview with reporters in Yerevan on November 22, asking him to express his attitude to the fact that many of the wanted persons are taking refuge in the territory of the Russian Federation.
At the same time, the diplomat called for addressing the relevant authorities on this issue, for example, the Prosecutor General.
Answering a question about former Minister of Defense of Armenia, Mikayel Harutyunyan, the Ambassador emphasized once again that he refrains from political assessments, especially since he does not own all the nuances of the case. "As far as I know, our competent authorities interact on these issues," Kopyrkin said, adding that he was not ready to make any political comments on these topics.
To recall, former Minister of Defense of Armenia, Mikayel Harutyunyan, put on the international wanted list in the case on March 1, 2008, is a citizen of Russia, and according to Russian legislation, it does not extradite its citizens to other countries. It is also known that on the territory of the Russian Federation there is a former head of the Compulsory Enforcement Serviceof Armenia Mihran Poghosyan, accused of money laundering, misappropriation on an especially large scale and abuse of office. Russian law enforcement officers detained Poghosyan in Karelia. According to the information of the Armenian Prosecutor's Office, negotiations are ongoing between the RA and the Russian Federation on the extradition of Poghosyan.