Former Head of Armenia’s National Security Found Dead

By Ani Paitjan

Georgi Kutoyan, former Head of Armenia’s National Security Service (NSS), was found dead with a gunshot wound in Yerevan on Friday 17.

Naira Harutyunyan, Head of the Department of Public Relations of the Investigative Committee, announced that his body was found in an apartment in Yerevan’s Zeytun district.

Harutyunyan did not mention whether they believe the 39-year-old committed suicide or was murdered.

Kutoyan was a lawyer before being appointed as Head of the National Security Service in February 2016. He served in former President Serzh Sargsyan’s government until May 2018. Kutoyan also worked as an assistant to President Serzh Sargsyan between 2011 and 2016.

He is the second former senior security official to die in the last four months. Hayk Harutyunyan, a former chief of Armenia’s police, was found dead in his summer house in Bjni, in September.