Kocharian Names New National Security Service Chief

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Gorik Hakopian–the former Deputy Director of Armenia’s National Security Service–has been appointed by President Kocharian as the new chief of Armenia’s National Security Service.

Hakopian–58–who took one of the most powerful government positions in Armenia–was born in Gyumri. He has graduated from the Higher Courses of Soviet KGB.

A statement from Kocharian’s office says–"Hakopian worked in the security system from 1970…Since December–2002 Hakopian worked as Deputy Director of National Security Service."

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