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Former Armenian Deputy Defense Minister Arrested on Suspicion of Aiding Criminal Gang

Armenia’s National Security Service (NSS) reports that Vahan Shirkhanyan, a former deputy defense minister of Armenia, was arrested today on suspicion that he aided and abetted Artour Vardanyan, who was arrested on November 25 for organizing a criminal gang in Armenia.

On November 25, law enforcement raided a house in Yerevan and arrested nine individuals, including Vardanyan.

The NSS claims the individuals were planning to carry out a series of serious crimes in Armenia.