Armenian police chief says reports about big thieves’ summit are fake

Armenian police chief says reports about big thieves’ summit are fake
Chief of Armenian Police, Valery Osipyan

“Never has crime in Armenia been under stricter control as it is now,” said Valery Osipyan.

Valery Osipyan, the head of the Armenian Police, said the rumors about the summit of mafia bosses and thieves in law in the country are not true, the ARKA news agency reported.

“Thieves in law are people and they enjoy constitutional rights and duties, to begin with; however, the information about the Armenian summit is untrue. Never has crime in Armenia been under stricter control as it is now,” said Osipyan.

He also noted that a few days ago, vor Artyom Kanevskoy visited the “grave of a friend” in Armenia, and the police were aware of it and kept an eye on him. Artyom Kanevskoy is the brother of the deceased kingpin Armen Arutyunyan (Armen Kanevskoy).

“Today, we fully control the criminal situation in the country and even monitor small movements,” the head of the Armenian police said.

Osipyan also commented on the release of two crime lords, Alik Banduryan and Petros Israelyan by a court decision. He stated that the police do not consider this a problem and are taking proper measures. Osipyan added that all crime lords have been warned about any violations in the pre-election period.

“The warning was so strict that many of them chose to leave the country until the election is over for fear of falling under suspicion,” said the police chief.

Earlier, the newspaper Hraparak reported that about 900 people had attended the summit on December 18 in memory of Armen Kanevskoy, including 10 thieves in law. The guests allegedly visited the vor’s grave and then had a memorial dinner at a restaurant called San Lazaro. They are allegedly staying at expensive hotels, Imperial and Marriott, in Yerevan.

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