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Vazgen Sargsyan

(Սպարապետ, sparapet)

 

   
 

Vazgen Sargsyan (Sargsyan) (Սպարապետ, sparapet) (March 5, 1959 in Ararat, Armenia – October 27, 1999 in Yerevan). In 1979 Vazgen Sargsyan graduated Yerevan State Insitute of Physical Education and began work in Ararat village school as physical instructor. From 1983 to 1986 he was the Communist Youth League leader at the cement factory in Ararat.

From 1986 to 1989 he was head of the publicity department of the Garun (Spring) literary monthly in Yerevan. But the Armenian national ferment of the late 1980s saw him abandon this role as he flung himself headlong into political life.

Vazgen Sargsyan joined the growing movement for the mainly-Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh to be transferred from Azerbaijani to Armenian jurisdiction. He was elected to the Armenian parliament in the 1990 elections, the first semi-free elections Armenia had held, where he became a member of the Internal Affairs and Defence Committee. Between 1990 and 1992 he spent much time in Karabakh itself, commanding irregular troops in their fight against Azerbaijani army.

From 1992-1993 he was defence minister of Armenia, while from 1993-1995 he was state minister in charge of defence. In 1995, during the restructuring of government ministries, he once again became defence minister. In these various capacities he laid the groundwork for building Armenia's army, a cause dear to his heart. He controlled the fledgling armed forces during the height of the fighting in Karabakh, in which Armenia's forces were heavily involved,

After serving as defense minister, in June 1999 Vazgen Sargsyan became Prime Minister of Armenia. Soon in October 1999 he was killed in the building of Armenian parliament. Sargsyan's body is buried in Yerablur military cemetery.

 

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