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Russian Soldier Found Dead in Gyumri; Suspect Arrested

Dmitri Yalpayev, a 21-year-old soldier of the 102nd Russian military base in Gyumri, was found dead near the Argo store on the city’s Dudko street on April 22, according to a statement issued by Armenia’s Investigative Committee.

The suspect, who has already been arrested, has been identified as 21-year-old Armen J., Aravot.am writes, citing police sources.

The Investigative Committee statement also said the preliminary investigation has found that the suspect has a history of mental illness and is an ex-serviceman.

“In 2016, [Armen J.] was committed to the psychiatric ward of the Central Clinical Military Hospital in Yerevan for multiple episodes of self-harm. He then underwent comprehensive criminal outpatient forensic examinations and was diagnosed with various mental health problems. [Armen J.] was found partially sane and unfit for military service in peacetime and was discharged from the army in March 2017,” officials said.