MOSCOW, February 3 (RAPSI) – The trial of Russian serviceman Valery Permyakov, who has been charged with killing seven members of a family in the city of Gyumri, will be held at the Russian military base in Armenia, Interfax reported on Tuesday, citing informed sources.

One of the news agency’s sources said the sides had agreed that the high-profile case would be heard by the military panel of the 102nd Russian Military Base in Gyumri. The decision has been taken on the basis of a bilateral agreement on the status of the Russian base in the north of Armenia.

Another source told Interfax that the sides were negotiating a joint investigation into the case and a joint indictment based on Russian criminal law.

The source said the court will also consider the desertion charges brought against Permyakov by Russian military investigators.

On January 12, Permyakov, who was serving at Russia’s 102nd army base in Gyumri, killed a family of six and mortally wounded a six-month-old baby, who died of injuries on January 19.

On January 21, Permyakov pled guilty of murdering two or more persons in accordance with the charged brought against him under the Armenian Criminal Code. He may receive a life sentence if convicted.