Alexander Bekzadian (Shushi 1879 – 1938) Educated Kiev. Social Democrat from 1901, siding with the Bolsheviks. Member of Baku Committee 1904–5. In Europe 1906–14; took part in a Bolshevik conference in Paris in 1911 under the leadership of Lenin. Member of the Bolshevik delegation at the Basle congress, 1912. Returned to the Caucasus in 1915. Engaged in party work after 1917; member of the illegal Transcaucasian district party committee 1919–20. In Moscow at signing of treaty of Moscow, 16 March 1921, but did not sign it. Member of Revkom that declared Armenia Soviet in November 1920. Foreign minister of the Armenian SSR 1920–1.