Freedom fighters in Armenia who have been staging protests in Yerevan in defense of arrested colonel Volodya Avetisyan say they are subjected to pressure by different officials and plainclothes police officers.
Talking to reporters in Yerevan, comrades-in-arms of Colonel Volodya Avetisyan, Stepan Stepanyan, Gevorg Sargsyan and Yura Atayan, said they had been threatened by people in civilian clothes who warned them against attending the rallies in defense of the retired colonel.
Gevorg Sargsyan, a resident of Vardanashen village in Armavir region, says they have been receiving more threats in recent weeks. “They are sending messages through the village head. We are receiving telephone calls by the police and KGB,” he said.
Volodya Avetisyan, an active participant of protests held by Karabakh War veterans, was detained on September 20, 2013, on suspicion of receiving $2000 from an official of the Ministry of Defense for assistance to release an Armenian citizen from military service.