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SEYRAN OHANYAN
Minister of Defence of the Repubic of Armenia
Appointed to the post of Defense Minister on April 14th, 2008 by the decree of the President of the Republic of Armenia 

Date of birth: 01 July 1962 
Place of birth: city Shushi, Nagorno Karabakh 

Education

1979 Finished High school of Mrgashen Village of Nairi region, Armenian SSR 1979-1983 Baku Higher Joint Command College 

Military Service

1983 - 1987 Motorized rifle platoon Commander, Soviet Armed Forces, Germany 
1987 - 1988 Motorized rifle company Commander, Soviet Armed Forces, Germany 
1988 - 1989 Transferred under the subordination of the Trans-Caucasian military district commander and appointed as the motorized rifle company commander of 366th motorized rifle regiment in Stepanakert 
1989 - 1990 Motorized rifle battalion Deputy Commander of 366th motorized rifle regiment 
1990 - 1992 Motorized rifle battalion Commander of 366th motorized rifle regiment 
1992 After the withdrawal of 366th motorized rifle regiment from Stepanakert continued his military service in the Defence Army of the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh 

Participated in the military activities at all fronts. In 1992 was heavily wounded in the outskirts of Chldran village of Martakert region. 

1992 - 1994 Chief of Staff of self-defence forces of the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh
1994 - 1998 First Deputy Commander of the Defense Army of the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh
1998 - 1999 Commander of 5th Army Corps of the Republic of Armenia by the decree of the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Armenia

1999 - 2000 Minister of Defence of the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh

2000-2007 Minister of Defence - Commander of the Defence Army of the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh 
2007 with the decree of the President of the Republic of Armenia was appointed Chief of the GS of the Armenian Armed Forces - first deputy of the Minister of Defence

In 1995 promoted to the rank of Major-General
In 2000 promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General 
In 2007 promoted to the rank of Colonel-General

Awarded with the medals and orders of the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh and the USSR: 

- Republic of Armenia: "Combat Cross" 1st degree, "Tigran the Great", "For the Service to the Motherland",
- USSR medals: "70th Anniversary of USSR Armed Forces", "For Perfect Service", "For Excellency";
- Republic of Nagorno Karabakh: "Hero of Artsakh", "Golden Eagle", "Combat Cross" 1st degree, "For the liberation of Shushi";
- Ministerial medals: "For Perfect Service" 1st and 2nd Degrees, "Drastamat Kanayan", "Marshal Baghramyan", "For the strengthening of cooperation", "Maternal Gratitude", "Soviet Union Marshal Zhukov", "Coat of Arms".
- In 2012, by the decision of the Special Session of the RA Higher Attestation Commission’s ``Political Science and International Relations`` Doctoral Degrees` Conferral Specialized Board operating at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, MOD, RA Mr. Seyran Ohanyan was awarded a PhD in Political Science for the thesis devoted to the contemporary issues of the Armed Forces` development. 

Married, has three sons and one daughter
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