Armenian. Komsomol and party posts after graduating. 1st Secretary of the Azerbaidzhan CP in the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast’ from 1973. Dismissed, February 1988, after mass demonstrations by Armenians demanding reunification with the Oblast’, which is populated by Armenians, and which had been incorporated into Azerbaidzhan in the 1920s.
Expelled from the Communist Party.