Khachatour Soukiasyan was born on September 15, 1961 in Yerevan. He is widely known by the nickname "Grzo". He is one of Armenia's richest men, with a wide range of businesses. The SIL Group belongs to him.
Mr. Soukiasyan graduated from the Yerevan Polytechnic Institute in 1985. He is a systems engineer. He is a Corresponding Member of the International Informatics Academy.
From 1978-1989 he worked first as a worker, later metalworker, then field head and eventually director of Sirius Factory. In 1991 he was the director of Van Factory. From 1992-1994 he was the head of the Economic Relations General Department in the RA Ministry of Industry and also advisor to the Minister. From 1995-1999 he was the president of Sil Concern Ltd.
1999-2003 was his first term as a deputy of the NA (electoral district # 12) and he was on the NA Standing Committee on Financial-Credit, Budgetary and Economic Affairs. He was not a member of any of the faction or deputy group.
On May 25, 2003 he was reelected to the NA from electoral district # 15 and he is currently on the NA Standing Committee on Financial-Credit, Budgetary and Economic Affairs. He is not a member of any faction or deputy group. He has no political party affiliation.
Mr. Soukiasyan is married and has two children.
Alternate transliterations: Sukiasyan, Sukiasian, Soukiasian.
Opposition-Linked Tycoon Barred From Armenian Election
Ruzanna Stepanian 28.03.2012
Election officials in a Yerevan constituency made a unanimous decision on Wednesday to disqualify a prominent opposition member from contesting a parliament seat in Armenia’s May 6 vote.
Millionaire businessman Khachatur Sukiasian, who is affiliated with the main opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK), planned to run for parliament in a central Yerevan constituency which he had long represented in the Armenian legislature. However, the Armenian police refused to certify that he has permanently resided in the country for the past five years and is, therefore, eligible to participate in the elections.
The tycoon was among several Ter-Petrosian associates who fled the country in March 2008 to escape arrest following deadly post-election clashes between security forces and opposition protesters demanding the rerun of a disputed presidential election. He returned to Armenia in 2009 to face controversial criminal charges stemming from the unrest.
Sukiasian’s lawyer Ara Zohrabian raised objections to the election body’s decision, saying that the 10-month period during which his client was outside Armenia constituted less than a fifth of the entire period under review, while the law requires that a candidate should reside in a country for the greater part of the five-year period. He said Sukiasian would appeal the decision at an administrative court.
Earlier, the HAK denounced the police action as politically motivated and challenged it by including Sukiasian on its proportional list as well. Sukiasian’s younger brother, Saribek, had also been nominated in single-mandate constituency N10. The HAK had said he would stay on in the race should Khachatur be disqualified.