Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 27. Chapters: Albert A. Boyajian, Alexander Mantashev, Alex Seropian, Anna Ouroumian, Apcar family, Ara Abramyan, Aris Alexanian, Arsen (Cigar Brand), Calouste Gulbenkian, Charles A. Agemian, David Manoukian, David Yang, Eduardo Eurnekian, Francis Kurkdjian, Garo H. Armen, Gerard Cafesjian, Henry D. Sahakian, Jirair Hovnanian, Levon Kemalyan, List of Armenian businesspeople, Mary Ellen Iskenderian, Matild Manukyan, Nubar Gulbenkian, Richard Donchian, Ruben Jaghinyan, Ruben Vardanian, Sam Gerard, Sarkis Soghanalian, Sergey Galitsky, Vartkes Mahdessian, Vasily Aleksanyan. Excerpt: Sarkis Garabet Soghanalian (Armenian: ; February 6, 1929 - October 5, 2011), nicknamed Merchant of Death, was an international private arms dealer who gained fame for being the "Cold War's largest arms merchant" and the lead seller of firearms and weaponry to the former government of Iraq under Saddam Hussein during the 1980s. Soghanalian, then a permanent resident living in Virginia Gardens, Florida, was hired on behalf of the Central Intelligence Agency to sell arms to help Iraq in the midst of the Iran-Iraq War. With the encouragement of the Reagan Administration and the backing of US intelligence agencies, he coordinated the transaction of several crucial arms deals, including the sale of artillery from France which cost an estimated $1.4 billion USD. In addition to Iraq, he also sold weapons to other groups such as the Polisario forces in Mauritania, to Phalange militias during the Lebanese Civil War and to Latin American countries such as Nicaragua, Ecuador, and to Argentina during the Falklands War. He extended his services to other regions of the world including Africa. Prior to the beginning of the Persian Gulf War, Soghanalian appeared in several television interviews, detailing the work he had done in Iraq along with naming several top US government officials who were involved in the arms transactions. With this, the Justice Department charged Soghanalian for "conspiracy of shipping unauthorized weapons" to Iraq where he was found guilty and sentenced to jail. He was released several years later when he helped the Clinton administration unsuccessfully break up a counterfeiting ring in Lebanon. He moved his office from the United States and opened up operations in France and Jordan. In 2001, was arrested once more by the US government on bank fraud charges but was released a year later after he revealed the weapons transactions deals that were going on between CIA and Peru, an account which arguably led to the collapse of the Alberto Fujimori government. S
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