Was born on 5 March 1959 in Ararat (RA). In 1979 graduated from Yerevan Sports Institute. 1979-1983 worked as sport teacher in his village's school. 1983-1986 - was secretary of Ararat cement plant's young communists organization. 1986-1989 - worked at Garun magazine's editorial board. 1990-1992 - was paramilitary groups commander and the chairman of Armenian Supreme Council's Security and Interior Affairs Standing Committee. 1992-1993 - was the first defense minister of RA, presidential adviser on security and the president's representative in the RA border regions. 1993-1995 - state minister of RA. 26.07.1995-25.05.1999 - was again appointed to the post of defense minister of RA. 1999, on June 11 - took up prime ministerial seat. ‘‘Artsakh Hero’’ title and awarded with Golden Eagle order (1998). On October 27 1999 was killed in Armenian National Assembly’s session room and buried in Yerablur military pantheon. Armenia's National Hero title (27.12.1999, posthumous). His role in Armenian army formation can't be forgotten. His contribution to Armenia's statehood building is very important as well. People gave him a name "Sparapet" (chief commander). In 2000 streets, schools in Armenia and Artsakh and the military institute and units were named after him.