Levon Mnatsakanyan

Levon Mnatsakanyan (Armenian:Լեւոն Մնացականյան; born 14 September 1965[1]) is a politician, and a former Minister of Defence of Artsakh.

Levon Mnatsakanyan
Minister of Defence of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic
In office
15 June 2015 – 14 December 2018
PresidentBako Sahakyan
Preceded byMovses Hakobyan
Succeeded byKaren Abrahamyan
Personal details
Born (1965-09-14) 14 September 1965 (age 54)
Stepanakert, Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union
Military service
Allegiance Soviet Union
Branch/serviceArmy Artsakh.jpg Artsakh Defense Army
Years of service1983—85
RankLieutenant General
Battles/warsNagorno-Karabakh War


He was born in Stepanakert in 1965 to an Armenian family. Mnatsakanyan began his military service in 1983 when he moved to the Belarusian SSR to work in the Soviet Army's Belarusian Military District. In 1989, he graduated with honors from the Karl Marx Institute of Polytechnic. During the period after the Soviet Union fell apart when Armenia began to build up its military, Mnatsakanyan served in artillery units in the Artsakh Defense Army and the Armed Forces of Armenia. He graduated from the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia in 2005, which resulted in him returning to Artsakh later that year to become the deputy commander of the defense army.

He was appointed by President Bako Sahakyan in 2015 as defense minister, a position he served in for just over 3 years before he was replaced in December 2018. He was then appointed to the post of Director of the State Service of Emergency Situations.[2] He was dismissed in June 2019 and was made Chief of Artskah Police.[3][4] He is currently married and has three sons.[5][6]



  1. ^ "Date and Place of Birth September 14, 1965 c.Stepanakert".
  2. ^ https://news.am/eng/news/486265.html
  3. ^ https://mediamax.am/en/news/armypolice/33825/
  4. ^ http://ragmamoul.net/en/news-armenia/2019/06/11/levon-mnatsakanyan-appointed-police-chief-artsakh/
  5. ^ "Министром обороны Нагорного Карабаха назначен Левон Мнацаканян". Радио Свобода (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-07-20.
  6. ^ https://www.mediamax.am/en/news/karabakh/31596/