Karen Demirchian

Demirchian, Karen Seropovich


Born Apr. 17, 1932, in Yerevan. Soviet party figure. Member of the CPSU since 1955.

The son of an office worker, Demirchian graduated from the Yerevan Polytechnic Institute in 1954 and from the Higher Party School Under the Central Committee of the CPSU in 1961. In 1954 he became a senior design engineer and a group leader at a scientific research institute in Leningrad. Named a senior foreman in 1955, he subsequently became the head of a shop and secretary of the party committee. He was appointed chief engineer and director of the Yerevan Electrical Engineering Plant in 1961.

Between 1966 and 1972, Demirchian served as secretary and second secretary of the Yerevan city committee. From 1972 to 1974 he was a secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Armenia; he was named first secretary of the Central Committee in 1974. Demirchian became a member of the Central Committee of the CPSU in 1976. He was a deputy to the ninth and tenth convocations of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR.

Demirchian has been awarded the Order of the October Revolution, two other orders, and various medals.

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99, Prime Minister Vazgen Sarkisian, and Parliamentary Speaker Karen Demirchian were assassinated.
Premisas como estas no son superficiales para entender lo que realmente paso en el edificio del parlamento de Armenia el 27 de octubre del ano en curso, cuando cinco hombres armados de ametralladoras irrumpieron en la sala de sesiones y abrieron fuego contra los altos funcionarios del gobierno del pais y del organo legislativo, causando ocho personas muertas, entre ellas el primer ministro Vazguen Sarkisian y el presidente del parlamento Karen Demirchian, y varios heridos.
President Robert Kocharian declared three days of nationwide mourning after the assassinations of Prime Minister Mr Vazgen Sarkisian, who had been in office only five months, and parliamentary speaker Ms Karen Demirchian, stunned the nation.
Also killed were Speaker Karen Demirchian, Deputy Speaker Yuri Bakshian, Energy Minister Leonard Petrosian and legislator Ararat Zurabian.
The results of the runoff election between Robert Kocharian, Armenia's acting president, and Karen Demirchian, a former Communist Party leader, are expected to be announced Wednesday.
The bodies of prime minister Mr Vazgen Sarkisian and parliament speaker Karen Demirchian were sprawled on the chamber's podium, where they were shot when the gunmen burst into the chamber, firing automatic weapons.
The election is a runoff between Robert Kocharian, Armenia's acting president, and Karen Demirchian, a former Communist Party leader.