Armenian philanthropist Levon Hayrapetyan, who was arrested in Moscow, faints in his detention cell -
Armenian businessman and philanthropist Levon Hayrapetyan, who was arrested in Moscow earlier this month, fainted in his detention cell on Wednesday morning, Artsakh Today reported. He was later revived.
His nephew, Gurgen Hayrapetian, said that Levon Hayrapetian is in too poor of a health condition to communicate with his lawyers. “It is inhumane to punish a man who is seriously ill. He is accused of an economic crime, but they treat him as though he killed someone and was caught in the act,” Gurgen Hayrapetian said, stressing that the detention should be transferred to house arrest as soon as possible.
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.