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Local leader of Armenian paramilitary group survives assassination attempt

A local leader of the paramilitary Yerkrapah Union of Nagorno-Karabakh war veterans was wounded in a failed assassination attempt in the southern town of Armavir, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reported on April 3. Widely seen as linked to a dispute between powerful local businessmen, the shooting of Rostam Gasparian was reportedly carried out by gunmen hired by the victim's local business rival and parliamentarian Nahapet Gevorgian. The shooting is only the latest in a series of sporadic clashes between elements of Armenia's criminal underworld, many of whom hold political positions and power. /RFE-RL/

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