Shahen Meghrian

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Shahen Meghrian
Shahen Meghryan's Plaque, Yerevan (1).jpg
Shahen Meghryan's Plaque in Yerevan
Nickname(s)Eagle of Shahumian
Born(1952-01-02)2 January 1952
Gulistan, Nagorno-Karabakh
Died17 April 1993(1993-04-17) (aged 41)
Gulistan
Allegiance Armenia
Battles/warsFirst Nagorno-Karabakh War
AwardsHero of Artsakh

Shahen Meghrian (Armenian: Շահեն Մեղրյան; 2 January 1952 – 17 April 1993) was an Armenian military commander and political activist.[1] He was known as the Eagle of Shahumian (Armenian: Շահումյանի արծիվ, Shahumiani Ardziv).[2]

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Meghrian was born in a traditional and well-known Armenian family of Gulistan village. He finished the local school of Gulistan, then continued his education at Yerevan State University. After graduation Meghrian became the chief economist of manufacturing and production in the Shahumian region. In 1988 he formed the first Defense brigade of Shahumian. In 1990 Meghrian successfully led the Battle of Manashid.[2] In the summer of 1991 he became the commander of the Shahumian defense forces. Since December 28, 1991 he was also a member of the Republic of Artsakh National Assembly. After the forced deportations of the population of Shahumian region of NKR Meghrian had a speech that ended with words: "Shahumian is occupied, but isn't won"![2]

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