Movses Gorgisyan

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Gorgisyan during a demonstration in front of Matenadaran

Movses Gorgisyan (Armenian: Մովսես Գորգիսյան; 3 December 1961 – 19 January 1990) was an Armenian politician and national hero, one of the leaders of the Nagorno-Karabakh movement.[1] He was one of the founders of the Independence Army of Armenia. Widely known for his speeches on the independence of Armenia, he was also an active advocate of Artsakh's independence campaign.


Born in Yerevan, Gorgisyan graduated from the Armenian State Pedagogical University's Department of Culture in 1984, with the qualification of a stage director and producer. In 1986-1987 he worked at the Theatre of Goris. In 1987, he joined the national movement, becoming a member of the Union for National Self-Determination.

Gorgisyan led the demonstrations for independence in Yerevan which led to him being jailed in 1988.[2] He also was an editor of the Armenian edition of Glasnost magazine.[3] Gorgisyan was the first person to hoist Armenia's tricolor flag on 28 May 1988 for the first time.[4] This was the same day the First Republic of Armenia was founded 70 years prior.[5]

He was killed during a battle in Yeraskh near the border villages in Ararat region and was buried at Tsitsernakaberd memorial complex.[6] Gorgisyan posthumously received the highest title in Armenia, the National Hero of Armenia award.


  1. ^ National hero Movses Gorgisyan remembered as dedicated patriot,
  2. ^ Armenians End Strike as Local Party Chiefs Back Enclave Demand, Los Angeles Times
  3. ^ The Persecution of Human Rights Monitors: December 1989 to December 1990: a ... - Page 203 by Human Rights Watch
  4. ^ "National Hero would have turned 50". A1plus. 3 December 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "National Hero Movses Gorgosyan would turn 50 today (videos)". 3 December 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Seyran Ohanyan: Armenian army soldiers implement Movses Gorgisyan's ideas". PanARMENIAN.Net. 3 December 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 

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