Shavarsh Kocharyan

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Birthplace Yerevan
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Birth date 3 April 1948
Education Yerevan State Engineering University
Positions Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Member of Parliament
Languages Armenian, Russian, English
Ethnicities Armenian
Dialects Eastern Armenian
Awards Order of the Badge of Honor, Order of Saint Mesrop Mashtots, Medal of Mkhitar Gosh

Shavarsh Kocharyan was born on April 3, 1948 in Yerevan.


Date and Place of Birth

Born in April 3, 1948 in Yerevan


In 1971 graduated from the State Engineering University (Yerevan), Department of Technical Cybernetics, as Mathematician-Engineer.

In 1975 graduated from Moscow All-Union Scientific Institute of Genetics, with specialization in Molecular Genetics.

In 1977 he got his PhD on Biological sciences with specialization in Genetics.

Sh. Kocharyan is author and co-author of more than 100 scientific works and more than 30 inventions licensed in many countries such as USA, Great Britain, Germany, France.

Work experience

1971-1972 Senior Laboratory Assistant in Charentsavan branch of the All-Union Scientific Institute of Genetics.

1976-1981 Associate Scientist in the Experimental Biology Institute in Yerevan and Institute of Bacteriology in Abovyan.

1981-1990 Senior Scientist, Head of Laboratory and Head of Department in the Biological Technologies Institute in Yerevan.

In 1990, 1995, 1999 and 2003 Sh. Kocharyan was elected Deputy of National Assembly.

1990-1995 Vice-Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee of National Assembly, Head of “National Democrats” Deputies’ group.

1992-1995 and 1999-2003 Member of National Assembly delegation in the CIS Parliamentary Assembly.

1995-1999 Member of Foreign Affairs Committee of National Assembly; Secretary of National Democratic Unity (NDU).

1999-2003 Chairman of National Assembly Committee on Scientific, Educational, Cultural and Youth issues.

1999-2003 Member of National Assembly delegation in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.

Since 2003 has been a Member of National Assembly Provisional Committee on European integration and Committee on Social, Health and Environmental issues.

2003-2005 Member of National Assembly delegation in the PACE.

Political and public activities

1988-1990 Activist of Karabakh movement.

1991-2001 Founder of National Democratic Unity

1992-1993 Chairman of Board of National Democratic Unity.

Since 1999 Member of "Democracy, Legal and Political Analysis Center" NGO.

2000-2003 Member of Board of Trustees of Yerevan Engineering University.

Since 2001 Founding Member of National Democratic Party; Head of NDP Board.

Since 2000 Member of Board of Trustees of "Hans Christian Konfoed" Charity Foundation.

Since 2005 Member of Board of Trustees of Yerevan School of Political Courses, lector of the same school.

2007 up to present – head of the “Democracy and Civilization” NGO

2009 – Member of the Board of Trustees of the Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Bryusov and Yerevan State Medical University named after M.Heratsi

Foreign languages

Russian, English


1986 – USSR Order of the Badge of Honour

2011 – NKR Order of Saint Mesrop Mashtots

2011 - RA Medal of Mkhitar Gosh

Widow, two children and 4 grandchildren.

Parliament Bio

Mr. Kocharyan graduated from Yerevan Polytechnic Institute in 1971. He is an engineer, mathematician, Docent and PhD of Biological Sciences. He was awarded a Patvo Nshan (Sign of Honor) Order in 1986.

From 1971-1972 he worked as a junior scientific associate in the Charentsavan branch of the Moscow Institute of Genetics. From 1972-1975 he did his postgraduate studies at the Moscow Institute of Genetics. He spent the next five years as a junior sci­entific associate at the Institute of Experimental Biology under the Academy of Sciences. From 1981-1982 he was a junior scientific associate at the Institute of Microbiology. He spent the next eight years first as a junior scientific associate, later laboratory head, divi­sion head and in the end Acting Director of Scientific Affairs in Yerevan Scientific Research Institute of Amino Acids.

From 1990-1995 he served in the Supreme Council (electoral district # 75) and he was the deputy chairman of the Supreme Council Standing Committee on Foreign Relations and the leader of the National Democrats Deputy Group.

From 1995-1999 he served in the NA from the proportional list of the National Democratic Union Party and he was a member of the NA Standing Committee on Foreign Relations and the secretary of National Democratic Union Faction.

1999-2003 was his second term as a deputy in the NA and he was the chairman of the NA Standing Committee on Science, Education, Culture and Youth Affairs. He was a member first of the National Democratic Union Faction, later he was not a member of any faction or deputy group and in the end joined the People's Voice Deputy Group.

On May 25, 2003 he was elected to the NA from the proportional list of the Justice Alliance he is currently on the NA Standing Committee on Social, Health Care and Environmental Protection Affairs. He is a member of the Justice Faction and the found­ing president of the National Democratic Party.

Mr. Kocharyan is married and has two children.

National Assembly of RA
30 Nov 2004

Shavarsh Kocharyan's Press Conference

The topic of November 30-press conference of Shavarsh Kocharyan was the history of Armenian democracy in the 90s and today. The opposition MP sees the necessity of estimating the process of democracy, taking into consideration its regression.

He presented the journalists his estimations on the former USSR republics. As he, said the wave of democratization went back in 5 Middle Asian countries, leaving space to authoritarian system. In the opinion of the speaker, today a mixed system of authoritarianism and totalitarianism is dominating also in Belarus, but conditioned by geographical position and other activities, he thinks that the power of Alexander Lukashenko will not last long. Georgia overcame the obstacles against the democracy by "revolution of roses," and the current process of Ukraine the deputy also finds to be progressive. According to Shavarsh Kocharyan, the democratic processes in Armenia and Azerbaijan are under a question. He considers this a very painful fact, as at the beginning the world pinned big hopes with Armenia. After the collapse of the USSR there were four countries (Baltic countries and Armenia), which were initially directed to go through democratic way. But Armenia has deviated from that way, said the deputy, and appeared in a position, when having no alternatives, is contradicted to the democratic values. Shavarsh Kocharyan noted that Russia does not always speak for Armenia in the issues of strategic importance. The opposition MP also thinks that our country is now in isolated situation,"in the aspect of Karabakh we've reached to a point that it's difficult to imagine what to do next."

The only way of coming out of the situation is to establish democracy, Mr. Kocharyan believes. All this must be taken into distinct consideration and a social order to be set up directed to all this, said Shavarsh Kocharyan. Democracy is not only related to opposition, says Shavarsh Kocharyan.

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Facts about "Shavarsh Kocharyan"
Armenian dialectsEastern Armenian +
AwardsOrder of the Badge of Honor +, Order of Saint Mesrop Mashtots + and Medal of Mkhitar Gosh +
Birth dateApril 3, 1948 +
Birth day3 +
Birth monthApril +
Birth year1,948 +
Birthplace coordinates40° 11' 0", 44° 31' 0"Latitude: 40.183333
Longitude: 44.516667
Birthplace nameYerevan +
EducationYerevan State Engineering University +
EthnicitiesArmenian +
LanguagesArmenian +, Russian + and English +
Person nameShavarsh Kocharyan +
PositionsDeputy Minister of Foreign Affairs + and Member of Parliament +