ArmInfo. On November 3, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan during a live broadcast on his Facebook page on the topic "Conversation with a citizen. Speculations on the Karabakh issue" touched upon the reasons for the dismissal of chief of the State Protection Service of the RA National Security Service Grigori Hayrapetov.
To recall, Grigori Hayrapetov was relieved of his post on October 15 by decree of President Armen Sarkissian. He was the personal bodyguard of three former presidents, as well as the current Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. As noted by the media, Hayrapetov was dismissed from service in connection with the opening of the case of the murder of Poghos Poghosyan in the cafe "Aragast" on the night of September 25, 2001. Allegedly, Hayrapetov was offered to testify in this case, "remember" and say that then-President Robert Kocharyan ordered to beat Poghosyan. However, Hayrapetov refused this, saying that he could not give such evidence, since it does not correspond to reality. In addition, a version was put forward that the dismissal followed the statement by the former Secretary of the Security Council of Karabakh, Vitaly Balasanyan, that Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan was pursuing the same policy on the Karabakh issue as the first president Levon Ter-Petrosyan at one time. As Balasanyan said at a press conference in Stepanakert, he knows what Nikol Pashinyan and Ilham Aliyev talked about in an elevator on the sidelines of a summit of CIS leaders in Dushanbe. "We have our sources. We know who the Prime Minister met, we are aware of elevator diplomacy. But we did not talk about all this for one simple reason. We waited for the Prime Minister to present what he spoke with Aliyev," he said.
In connection with the resignation of Hayrapetov, as Pashinyan pointed out during the live broadcast, a very interesting thesis was put into circulation. "It was said that Pashinyan and Aliyev entered into a conspiracy agreement in the elevator in Dushanbe and, since Grigori Hayarapetov was present there, he was fired from his job. It turns out that if there is a conspiracy, then I am so mediocre conspirator that, firstly, I get involved in the conspiracy during the first meeting with Aliyev, and I do this in the presence of former bodyguard of Robert Kocharyan and Serzh Sargsyan, a person whom I have known as head of my personal guard for only four months. Moreover, he was Kocharian's bodyguard for 10 years and Sargsyan's for a few years, "the Prime Minister said. But even within the framework of this logic, as Pashinyan emphasized, it was more profitable for him not to dismiss Hayrapetov, but, on the contrary, to keep his service, since it is military service that guarantees his silence, "but as a free citizen he can say anything and anywhere." Thus, as the Prime Minister noted, the "splendor and poverty" of the anti-propaganda of the opponents of the authorities, on which many spend millions, is demonstrated
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