ArmInfo. Speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan confirmed his cooperation with the Armenian special services. In an interview with RFE/RL's Armenian Service, answering the relevant question, he noted that a lot of time has passed since this information was disseminated, but there was no opportunity to touch upon this issue.
"I would like to say that the National Security Service of Armenia turned to me as a graduate student of the Armenian Genocide Institute and a researcher, an employee of the Department of Public and Political Documents of the National Archives, a historian who writes various articles, including for foreign publications, on the eve of 100 anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, and asked to assist them on this agenda," the Speaker of the Armenian parliament said.
To clarify, that is, it was during the presidency of third of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, Mirzoyan hesitated a little, and then noted that perhaps it was during a transitional period, when Kocharian (the second President of the Republic of Armenia) was still in power.
"As a patriot and specialist, I expressed my readiness to assist our NSS on this very issue. As for the document, there is such a document. As for the rest of the content (work for the Turkish special services, Ed. note) - this is nonsense, and this person (Mikayel Minasyan - Serzh Sargsyan's son-in-law, Ed. note) must also be punished for defaming my good name. This is the whole story," said the head of the Armenian parliament. To note, back in mid-January of this year, former Armenian Ambassador to the Vatican and son-in-law of the third Armenian President Mikayel Minasyan, during the video message "Requiem 8: Diaspora and Genocide: facts about a Turkish spy and a high-ranking official-agent of the National Security Service" stated that the second official of the Republic of Armenia, Ararat Mirzoyan, is an agent of the Turkish special services. Minasyan noted that Mirzoyan came to the attention of the Turkish special services back in 2005 in the United States, where he studied the process of America's recognition of the Armenian Genocide. According to Minasyan, Mirzoyan then agreed to transfer secret information to the Turks about what is happening at the Institute, what work is being done, and so on.
The former ambassador also assured that some time later Mirzoyan was in the spotlight of the Armenian National Security Service, which traced the contacts of the young man and Turkey. He was invited to the NSS, where he was told that he would face imprisonment for high treason or that he should become a double agent. It was then, according to Minasyan, that Mirzoyan, allegedly on the advice of the Turkish special services, began to cooperate with Nikol Pashinyan and then came to power. As "evidence", Minasyan presented a handwritten letter from Ararat Mirzoyan, dated 2007, in which the latter gives his consent to cooperate with the NSS of Armenia.