Mikael Harutyunyan

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Mikael Harutyunyan
Defence Minister of Armenia
In office
4 April 2007 – 14 April 2008
President Robert Kocharyan
Serzh Sargsyan
Preceded by Serzh Sargsyan
Succeeded by Seyran Ohanyan
Personal details
Born (1946-02-10) 10 February 1946 (age 71)
Sagiyan, Shamakhi, Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Armenian
Political party Independent
Alma mater Frunze Military Academy
Soviet Union General Staff Academy
Awards see below
Military service
Service/branch Red Army flag.svg Soviet Army
Years of service 1967—1983
Rank Colonel General

Mikael Harutyunyan (Armenian: Միքաել Հարությունյան, born 10 February 1946) was the 7th Defence Minister of Armenia from 4 April 2007[1] until 14 April 2008. As of 14 April 2008 he has been serving as Chief Military Inspector and Presidential Advisor to the President of Armenia.

Early life[edit]

Harutyunyan was born and grew up in the village of Sagiyan, Shamakhi in central Azerbaijan SSR. He graduated from a Soviet military college in Baku in 1967.[1] Harutyunyan served in the Soviet armed forces, in the Soviet Army platoon from 1967 and then the commander of the reconnaissance from 1971. He was chief of motorized infantry division from 1976 to 1982. Afterward, Harutyunyan help positions in the Army Corps and Army Guard. In 1976 Colonel General Harutyunyan graduated from the Reconnaissance Department of Frunze Military Academy. In 1988 he graduated from the USSR Armed Forces General Staff Military Academy. He was the senior lecturer of the Military Academy from 1988 to 1992. In 1992, by the Order of CIS Joint Armed Forces Chief Commander, Harutyunyan was sent to the Republic of Armenia and was assigned as the First Deputy Chief of General Staff of Armenian Armed Forces - Head of Operational Department.

In 1994 he was promoted to the rank of Major General and was assigned as the Chief of General Staff of Armenian Armed Forces - First Deputy Minister of Defence. In 1996 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General and in 2002 to the rank of Colonel General by the decree of the President of the Republic of Armenia.[2][3]

Appointment as Defence Minister[edit]

On 26 March 2007, Serzh Sargsyan, who was the Defence Minister, was appointed Prime Minister of Armenia after the sudden death of Andranik Margaryan. The post was vacant until 4 April 2007 when Colonel-General Mikael Harutyunyan was appointed to the post of Defence Minister. Before being appointed to the post, Harutyunyan was First Deputy Defence Minister.[4]

Appointment as Advisor to the President[edit]

On 14 April 2008, the newly elected president of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan (former Prime Minister of Armenia), signed two decrees: one appointing Mikael Harutyunyan as Chief Military Inspector, and another appointing him as a Presidential Advisor, with the hope that his skill and experience would prove useful in the continual development of the military.[5] Replacing Mikael Harutyunyan in his Minister of Defence post was Seyran Ohanyan.[6]


He is a recipient of orders and decorations of USSR, the Republic of Armenia and foreign states:[3]

  • Armenia Order of the Combat Cross, 2nd degree
  • Armenia Medal "For Services to the Fatherland", 1st degree
  • Armenia Medal "For Services to the Fatherland", 2nd degree
  • Armenia Vardan Mamikonian Order
  • Armenia Order of Nerses the Gracious
  • Armenia Mesrop Mashtots Medal
  • Armenia Marshal Baghramyan Medal
  • Armenia Andranik Ozanyan Medal
  • Armenia Medal "For Distinguished Service", 1st class
  • Armenia Medal "For Distinguished Service", 2nd class
  • Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Order of the Combat Cross, 2nd degree
  • France Legion of Honour
  • Russia Medal "For strengthening military cooperation"

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Political offices
Preceded by
Serzh Sargsyan
Defence Minister of Armenia
Succeeded by
Seyran Ohanyan