PRAGUE (Armenpress)—Member of the European Parliament, Czech Senator Jaromír Štětina, Discussed the arrest of his childhood friend, Armenian businessman and philanthropist Levon Hayrapetian in a public statement published on Facebook. Štětina expresses his concerns regarding Hayrapetian’s arrest, saying: “Levon is my childhood friend. We have crossed the Siberian rivers together. I am afraid for his life.” Jaromír Štětina also issued a statement calling upon the President of the Russian Vladimir Putin to release Levon Hayrapetian.
Levon Hayrapetian’s health condition was assessed as “satisfactory,” Hayrapetian’s spokesman Matsak Poladian told Armenpress.
Poladyan noted: “This morning I was informed that Levon Hayrapetian’s health conditions were assessed as satisfactory. This gives us hope. They [the Russian authorities] also promised to take him to a hospital or place him under house arrest in the coming days.”
Hayrapetian suffers from diabetes and cancer and recently experienced a stroke, requiring him to receive regular medical attention.
Hayrapetian, 65, was arrested by Russian Federal Security Service officials on July 15. Last Thursday, a Moscow court allowed the businessman’s two-month imprisonment while investigators conduct a probe into his alleged criminal connections and involvement in some illegal financial dealings. Official charges against Hayrapetian are expected to be brought on July 24.
Hayrapetian is considered to be one of the wealthiest Armenians in the world. He is known to have invested millions of dollars into developing Nagorno-Karabakh’s infrastructure and renovating the area’s historical-cultural monuments. His charity included a mass wedding for hundreds of Karabakh couples in 2008 and sponsorship of the construction of a military college in Martakert.