A message of condolences was sent to the Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Russia and FIS employees. It reads, in part:
“Goar Vartanyan belonged to a galaxy of brilliant professionals who devoted their lives to serving their homeland. Together with her husband, Gevork Vartanyan, she made a truly unique contribution to strengthening our national security. They added striking, heroic pages to the history of Russian foreign intelligence.
The memory of Goar Vartanyan – a wonderful person and genuine patriot – will always live on in the hearts of her family, colleagues and friends.”
Goar Vartanyan died in Moscow on November 25 at the age of 93. She and her husband Gevork Vartanyan (deceased in 2012) were an iconic agent couple of the Soviet intelligence service.