|First Secretary of the Nagorno–Karabakh Communist Party|
24 February 1988 – 26 November 1991
|Preceded by||Boris Kevorkov|
|Succeeded by||position abolished|
|Second Secretary of the Nagorno–Karabakh Communist Party|
|First Secretary||Boris Kevorkov|
Genrikh Andreyevich Poghosyan
Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast, USSR
Genrikh Poghosyan (Armenian: Հենրիք Պողոսյան) was the Secretary of the CPSU committee for the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast who took over the post on February 1988 after the dismissal of the highly unpopular Boris Kevorkov until the autonomous oblast was abolished.
Poghosyan was the Deputy Secretary of the CPSU committee for the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast up until 1988. Secretary Boris Kevorkov was very loyal to Azerbaijani leaders in Baku, and was resented by the Armenian community.
During the Karabakh movement, 87 Armenian deputies from the Regional Soviet called an emergency session of the assembly on 20 February 1988 in response to Armenian demonstrations in Stepanakert calling for the unification of Karabakh and Armenia. Kevorkov had tried and failed to stop the session's taking place, and when 110 Armenian deputies voted unanimously for the resolution, calling for Nagorny Karabakh to join Soviet Armenia, tried to swipe the stamp needed to confirm the resolution. Kevorkov was removed from office by Moscow emissaries and succeeded by Poghosyan on 24 February 1988.
Poghosyan was much more popular among Karabakh Armenians. A few months later he began to support the campaign for unification with Armenia. Poghosyan held his position as secretary until the autonomous oblast was abolished on 26 November 1991, at which time the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic had been declared two months prior and the First Nagorno-Karabakh War had turned full-scale.
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