Friday, 02 September 2011 On Aug. 29, Artur Grigoryan, 19, who had been serving in a military unit in Ararat marz (province) for six months, citing family issues, asked for permission to leave the base for a few hours; however, he did not return that day.
As reported by the newspaper Zhoghovurd (“people”), someone saw Artur Grigoryan by accident the following day in Yerevan’s Arabkir administrative district, in an area known as “the Molokans’ yard,” with his wrists slit.
According to the paper, the young man had slit his wrists because his mother is a Jehovah’s Witness.
Head of the defense ministry’s military police division Aram Ter-Sahakyan told the paper that an investigation was launched and material was prepared which will be sent to the military prosecutor’s office. Ter-Sahakyan said there are suspicions that Grigoryan’s mother was a Jehovah’s Witness.
Meanwhile, at the Armenia medical center, Grigoryan is slowly returning to consciousness, writes Zhoghovurd.