Hayk Marutyan

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Hayk Marutyan
Hayk Marutyan 2018.png
Marutyan in 2018
58th Mayor of Yerevan
Assumed office
13 October 2018[1]
Preceded byTaron Margaryan
Kamo Areyan (acting)
Personal details
Born (1976-12-18) 18 December 1976 (age 44)
Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union
Political partyCivil Contract
OccupationActor, producer, politician

Hayk Marutyan (Armenian: Հայկ Մարության; born December 18, 1976) is an Armenian actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer and politician currently serving as the mayor of Yerevan.

Marutyan rose to prominence as half of the comedy duo "Hayko Mko" (with Mkrtich "Mko" Arzumanyan) in the 2000s. They co-produced Kargin Haghordum (2002-09) and Kargin Serial (2010-13). Due to these, he is widely known as "Kargin Hayko" (Կարգին Հայկո) to the Armenian public. He later starred in several comedy films, including Super Mother and Love Odd.

Marutyan became actively involved in civic activism during the presidency of Serzh Sargsyan. During the 2018 revolution he actively supported Nikol Pashinyan. He joined Pashinyan's Civil Contract party and was nominated as their candidate for mayor of Yerevan. He was elected mayor in a landslide victory by garnering some 81% of the votes in a widely praised election.


Marutyan was born in Yerevan on December 18, 1976.[citation needed] He graduated from Anania Shirakatsy Lyceum and then continued his education at the Yerevan Polytechnic, graduating in 1997.[2] He later served his mandatory military conscription at a special unit of the National Security Service until 1998.[citation needed]

Marutyan is married to Iva, a Czech national whom he met in 2004.[2] They have 4 children (2 daughters and 2 sons).[citation needed]


Marutyan in May 2018

From the mid-1990s, Marutyan worked as a screenwriter, director, and an actor.[2] In 2002, he founded Kargin Studio, producing the TV series Kargin Haghordum (2002-09) and Kargin Serial (2010-13). He starred with Mkrtich Arzumanyan (Mko).[2]

Political career[edit]


Marutyan participated in social and political movements from the early 2010s. In 2011 he supported the Mashtots Park Movement. In July 2013, he was among celebrities which participated in the public transportation fare increase protests.[3] In April and May 2018 Marutyan supported opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan during the 2018 revolution.[2]

Mayor of Yerevan[edit]


On July 30, 2018, Marutyan was named by Civil Contract as their candidate for mayor of Yerevan after the resignation of Republican Taron Margaryan.[4] He was elected the mayor of Yerevan on September 23, 2018.[5] It was widely seen as, primarily, an electoral test for the post-revolutionary Pashinyan government. The alliance which Marutyan led was called My Step, a reference to the revolution. Apart from Pashinyan's Civil Contract, it included civil society members sympathetic to the revolution.[6]

Waste management

Marutyan first year in office was marked with a trash collection problem and a war of words with Sanitek, a Lebanese company responsible for the city's trash collection. It culminated in Marutyan unilaterally terminated all contracts with the company in October 2019 after fining it several times. The company had effectively stopped operating in August 2019.[7] In July 2019 Armenia's State Revenue Committee opened a criminal investigation against Sanitek. The Prosecutor General’s Office announced in September 2019 that Sanitek and former city authorities had caused financial damage to Yerevan in the amount of AMD 5.3 billion ($11.1 million).[8] Sanitek, in turn, alleged to be under "aggressive administrative pressure."[9]

In April 2019, the Yerevan municipality set up a public-run agency to gradually replace Sanitek,[10] which effectively occurred in September 2019.[11]

Green spaces

Marutyan vowed to add more green spaces in Yerevan, including removing illegally built properties on formerly green spaces. In March 2019 two cafes near the Opera Theater were demolished to make way for a lawn and trees.[12][13]


Marutyan had vowed to replace Yerevan's public transportation system with a new one within two to four years.[14] According to the reform plan, all marshrutkas will be taken off and replaced by 845 buses and 101 trolley buses.[15]


Marutyan starred in more than 10 movies and TV shows. He worked for Sharm company from 1996 to 2002 as a scriptwriter, director. As an actor, he played in 220 volt, Valyur, Our Yard (1996), Our yard-2 (1998), Tuyn Kaset, Urish Kaset, Banda (2000), Komertsion nerkayatsum.[16] His most popular films are Super Mother and its sequel Super Mother 2, where he plays a woman, Karine Barseghyan.


Year Name of Movie Role Genre Director Playmates
2017 Super Mother 2 Karine/Karen Comedy Arman Marutyan Ani Khachikyan, Garik Papoyan
2016–2020 The Azizyans Garnik Azizyan Sitcom himself Ani Lupe
2015 Super Mother Karine/Karen Comedy Arman Marutyan Ani Khachikyan, Garik Papoyan
2015 Siro Gortsakic Aram Comedy Vahagn Khachatryan, Arman Marutyan Garik Papoyan
2011 Ala Bala Nica Businessman Comedy Vahagn Khachatryan, Arman Marutyan Mkrtich Arzumanyan
2010-2013 Kargin Serial Vardan Comedy Arman Marutyan Mkrtich Arzumanyan
2002-2009 Kargin Haghordum various Sitcom Arman Marutyan Mkrtich Arzumanyan
1998 Our Yard 2 Kidnapper / Lav tgha Comedy Mikael Dovlatyan Hrant Tokhatyan
1996 Our Yard Hayko Comedy Mikael Dovlatyan Hrant Tokhatyan
As himself
Year Title Notes
2018 Nice Evening (Լավ Երեկո) Special guest
2017 Nice Evening (Լավ Երեկո) Special guest


  1. ^ "Hayk Marutyan has been inaugurated Yerevan Mayor". yerevan.am. 13 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Hayk Marutyan's biography". A1plus. 30 July 2018. Archived from the original on 24 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Հայ հայտնիները նկարահանվել են սոցիալական գովազդում՝ ընդդեմ տրանսպորտի թանկացման" (in Armenian). tert.am. 25 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Actor, comedian Hayk Marutyan named Civil Contract party's candidate for Yerevan mayor". panorama.am. 30 July 2018.
  5. ^ "With 81% of Votes, Pashinyan's 'My Step' Wins Yerevan City Elections". Asbarez. 23 September 2018.
  6. ^ Andreasyan, Zhanna (24 September 2018). "The struggle for Yerevan: how city elections became a referendum on Armenia's revolution". openDemocracy.
  7. ^ "Yerevan mayor fires company responsible for 'sabotaging' municipal garbage services". jam-news.net. 4 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Damage of 5.3 Billion AMD Because of Abuses by Yerevan Municipality Officials and "Sanitek" Company Competent Officers". ecolur.org. 27 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Sanitek Armenia under 'aggressive administrative pressure', director claims". panorama.am. 2 August 2019.
  10. ^ Margaryan, Amalia (23 April 2019). "Yerevan Municipal Council Creates New Agency to Monitor Waste Management in Armenian Capital". Hetq.
  11. ^ "New garbage trucks arrive in Yerevan". arka.am. 9 September 2019.
  12. ^ Zargarian, Robert (14 March 2019). "Cafe Owners, Employees Protest Dismantling Order". azatutyun.am. RFE/RL.
  13. ^ Mejlumyan, Ani (22 March 2019). "New mayor takes bulldozers to Yerevan's café blight". EurasiaNet.
  14. ^ Muradian, Anush (21 December 2018). "New Mayor Promises No Quick Fix For Yerevan's Transport Woes". azatutyun.am. RFE/RL.
  15. ^ "Yerevan transport network reformed, fully moving onto state budget". jam-news.net. 17 July 2019.
  16. ^ Hayk Marutyan profile Archived 2015-04-08 at the Wayback Machine, imdb.com; accessed 22 November 2017.