Seyran Shahsuvaryan

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Seyran Nickolai Shahsuvaryan is the Press-Secretary of the Defence Minister, Army Colonel of the RA, of Armenia. He was born on August 13, 1953 in Yerevan. He graduated in 1974 from KH.Aboyan State Pedagogic Institute, producer department of the culture faculty. He was trained in Moscow, in the Taganka theatre, in Lyoubimov's studio that same year. He became the director of the Culture House, of the Nairi Region from 1974 to 1978. He served in the Armed Forces of the USSR from 1975 to 1076. From 1970 to 1993, he worked in the TV films (Yerevan), studio of the State of TV and Radio. In 1978, he finished the Higher Producer Courses of the State Committee of TV and Radio. In 1983, he had training in film studio (Mosfilm), Rollan Bikov's studio. In 1985, he was given the big prize for the film (Aram Khachaturyan). In 1993, he became the head of the culture department, then the head of information and press department of the Defence Minister of RA. In 1997, he was sent on the mission on the national TV, as the deputy of the NTV studio (Nork). In 1998, he was appointed the head of the TV studio (Nork). In 1999, he became the deputy of the head of information and censor department under the Government of the RA and in 2000 the head of the TV studio (Prometei). In 2001, he was appointed the Press Secretary of the Defence Minister of the RA. He is a member of the RA Union of Cinematographers and Journalists. He is married and has three children.[1]

Rewards with medals: "Marshal Baghramyan 100" (Memorial Medal), "Garegin Nzdeh" (Fighting Service), First, Second Degree "Exceptional Service", by Fridtjof Nansen medal.

Press Secretary[edit]

On January 7, 2002, Turkish Army chief of General Staff General Huseyin Kivrikoglu's made a statement that Armenia had weapons of mass destruction. Shahsuvaryan dismissed this as "an absurd attempt to compromise Armenia in the eyes of the international community." [2]

On July 7, 2007, false accusations were made by Azerbaijan and Turkey, accusing Armenia of buying weapons from Albania.[3] Shahsuvaryan denied this and on September 11, 2007, more false accusations were made by Azerbaijani Defence Minister Safar Abiyev, accusing Armenia, saying that there is hidden delivered equipment in Armenian bases from both Russia and Georgia, which Shahsuvaryan has repeatedly denied.[4]

Shahsuvaryan plays a leading role when allowing for the spearheading of Armenia's military participation in NATO exercises, especially "Cooperative Best Effort" in 2005.[5]

Shahsuvaryan has stated that many Armenians have taken part in "Operation: Iraqi Freedom," totaling 182. Shahsuvaryan had noted the fourth shift of soldiers already drafted for aid in 2006.[6]

Opera Square riot police blockade

2008 Presidential Elections[edit]

Of recent, Shahsuvaryan has denied all claims that Levon Ter-Petrossian has made, especially on Petrossian's remarks dealing with Grigoryan and Melkonyan's support of his 2008 campaign. Shahsuvaryan has taken Serzh Sargsyan and Robert Kocharyan's side, claiming that the elections were not rigged and Levon Ter-Petrossian's statements held no validity.[7] Levon Ter-Petrossian's supporters have warred with Shahsuvaryan, claiming that he is incorrect and has no jurisdiction on the matter, causing the situation to heat up as rallies continued in Armenia. This resulted in a 20-day state of emergency being declared by former President Robert Kocharyan.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Military Background
  2. ^ False accusations by Turkish Army chief
  3. ^ False accusations by Azerbaijan and Turkey
  4. ^ False accusations by Azerbaijani Defence Minister
  5. ^ NATO exercise participation
  6. ^ Participation in Operation:Iraqi Freedom
  7. ^ Shahsuvaryan claims Ter-Petrossian's statements are not valid
  8. ^ State of emergency declared in Armenia Archived March 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.

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