ArmInfo. Former head of the National Security Service of Armenia Argishti Kyaramyan, who was fired during the 44- day war, but after its end was appointed deputy assessor of the Investigative Committee, broke the lingering silence.
In an interview with the Public Television of Armenia, Karamian told his version of the capture of Shushi. According to Kyaramyan, when the situation near the city of Shushi escalated, he went to the city where the former Minister of Defense of Armenia Seyran Ohanyan, who was engaged in the defense of the city, was already staying. Then the ex-head of the National Security Service, head of the Motherland party Artur Vanetsyan also arrived there. According to the Deputy Chairman of the Investigative Committee, Vanetsyan and members of his militia were placed in one of the buildings in Shushi. On the day of the Azerbaijani offensive, Seyran Ohanyan asked Vanetsyan to take positions, however, he said that he had arrived recently and was not yet ready for battle. Then Ohanyan sent Karamian to Vanetsyan with a proposal to take one of the defensive positions. The Deputy Chairman of the Investigative Committee went to Vanetsyan and described the situation. Vanetsyan did not argue and noticed that he was ready to defend Shushi, he and Karamian went to the headquarters, where they were given a task. Further, according to Kyaramyan, he escorted Vanetsyan's detachment to the place of deployment. The detachment was also accompanied by one colonel, and he and Karamian decided to take 10 soldiers and place them at a convenient height, which was done. On the way back, Karamian noticed another advantageous height and again followed the men from the detachment, however, upon returning, he learned that Vanetsyan was at the headquarters. Then the head of the Rodina party left for Stepanakert. As the Deputy Chairman of the Investigative Committee said, he later learned that only 20 people from Vanetsyan's detachment remained at the positions in Shushi, however, then they also left the city. Also, Kyaramyan did not agree with the opinion that he is an anti- Russian political figure, of which the second President of Armenia Robert Kocharian accused him. According to the Deputy Chairman of the Investigative Committee, on the second day of the war, he began to develop the Armenian-Russian cooperation in the NSS. He complained that now many politicians are accused of being anti-Russian. According to Kyaramyan, this is an attempt to lower the rating of these political figures. Kyaramyan also stressed that he did everything to develop the Armenian-Russian relations and appreciates them very much.