Levon Mirzoyan

Levon Isayevich Mirzoyan (Russian Левон Исаевич Мирзоян; * November 1896 in Ashan in Shusha, Nagorno-Karabakh, † February 26, 1939 in Moscow ) was an Armenian Soviet politician. He was 1926-1929 First Secretary of the Communist Party of Azerbaijan SSR from 1933 to 1938, he held this office in Kazakhstan.


Levon Mirzoyan was born in 1896 in the small village of Ashan near Shusha in the now disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. He came from an Armenian- Christian peasant family. Mirzoyan went to Baku in 1912 to support revolutionary movements there. In 1917, he joined the Bolsheviks. From 1919, he began a number of tasks in the Communist Party to take over. He subsequently rose further and further on in the party hierarchy. On January 21, 1926 he was finally appointed First Secretary of the Communist Party in the Azerbaijan SSR, which was equivalent to the post of Government of Azerbaijan in about. He held that office until August 5, 1929. Subsequently Mirzoyan worked in the line of various district committees and regional committees in the Perm region.

April 23, 1933 to May 23, 1938, he finally was First Secretary of the Communist Party of Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan was initially Kazakh ASSR as a constituent republic of the Russian SFSR, but was then in 1936 as the Kazakh SSR an equal union republic within the Soviet Union.

In early 1938, at the time of the Stalinist terror, Mirsojan wrote a letter to Josef Stalin and Vyacheslav Molotov, in which he criticized the deportation of Soviet Koreans to Kazakhstan and also expressed doubts about the working methods of the NKVD. Shortly thereafter, Mirzoyan was dismissed from his office, arrested, taken to a prison in Moscow and there finally shot on February 26, 1939.

In 1958 he was posthumously rehabilitated.


From 1936 to 1938, the city of Taras was officially named " Mirzoyan ". In today's Kazakh capital Astana, a street is named after him today. Levon Mirzoyan was also winner of the Lenin Order.