The high-profile wedding of the Armenian pop-star Sirusho and ex-president Robert Kocharian’s son – Levon Kocharian, took place on June 6, 2009, in the “Ojakh” restaurant outside of Yerevan.
Some things I’ve been able to find out so far: there were several hundreds of guests, President Serzh Sargsian and Armenia’s richest businessman Gagik Tsarukian among them, along with most other Armenian oligarchs, the God-father was a wealthy Russian businessman, Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin didn’t attend the event and there’s no way to verify if the Russian premier was ever invited or were those just rumors. Also – the rumors about the 3 tons of roses ordered from the Netherlands especially for the wedding seem to have been grossly exaggerated…
I was told about a funny incident that happened during the wedding. At some point Hrant Tokhatian, the toast-master (Tamada), invited the newly married couple onto the stage. For some reason, Sirusho came up without Levon Kocharian. The guests started calling him. So they chanted “Levon, Levon” a couple of times. Tamada-Tokhatian interrupted them, saying: “Stop it, or he might actually thurn up!”(meaning Robert Kocharian’s bitter political opponent Levon Ter-Petrosian).
Meanwhile, it seems, that our Armenian home-grown celebrities – Sirusho and Levon Kocharian, or their very-very influential relatives made sure to keep the wedding closed for the media. Kamoblog posted some photos of the event – scanned from TV-Mol weekly, apparently the only local media that carried any photos and reports of the event.
Speaking of press, a day before the weeding, the trial of Levon Kocharian v.s. pro-opposition “Haykakan Zhamanak” newspaper ended in Yerevan’s court of general jurisdiction. The newspaper lost the case and was fined by 3 million 600 thousand drams as well as forced to print a refutation of an article, which claimed Levon Kocharian had been engaged in a brawl while drunk in the United Arab Emirates last December. This was seen by many in the media as the court’s ‘wedding gift’ to the young finance.
Sirusho and Levon have been dating since school. There were a couple of other scandals associated with their names. One of those was the story about Armenian dancer Mihran, who, was said to have been beaten by Kocharian’s people for kissing Sirusho. The story was later refuted.
On another occasion, just before last year’s Eurovision song contest there were rumors, that Levon has been against Sirusho’s participation in the event and they’d broken up as a result.
Robert Kocharian’s elder son – Sedrak, is married to MP Volodia Badalian‘s doaughter – Zara. Kocharian’s daughter is married to the son of the owner of “Bars” real estate agency.