Monthly archives: December, 2018

Soviet Army Against Armenians – Yerevan 1990

Soviet Army Against Armenians - Yerevan 1990

We present to your attention rare footage of street battles that took place in Yerevan in May 1990 between Armenian fighters and the 7th Soviet Army. To imagine the picture of those events, we need to remember that at that time, military operations were already taking place in Artsakh (Karabakh). The Soviet army sided with …

Erzurum and Van Are Suitable for Expansive Settlement by Russians – Alexander Krivoshein, February 1915

Erzurum and Van Are Suitable for Expansive

In the spring of 1916, the United Kingdom and France signed the secret Sykes-Picot agreement on the division of the territory of the Ottoman Empire. Under this treaty, after the war, Russia, in addition to the Straits and Constantinople, would receive entire southwestern Armenia and a part of northern Kurdistan. Britain planned to seize Palestine …

Armenian Commander Theodore Rshtuni

Armenian Commander Theodore Rshtuni

Theodore Rshtuni fought for the independence of Armenia from the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire and Sassanian Persia. He was appointed by the Arabs as the supreme ruler of Armenia, Iberia (Georgia), and Albania of the Caucasus. In 639, he became the prince of united Armenia and remained so until 643. In 641, Catholicos of All …

Jangir Agha – Hero of the Yezidi People

Jangir Agha - Hero of the Yezidi People

Jangir Agha (1874-1943) is a national hero of the Yezidi people. He was born in the Van province of the Ottoman Empire. During WWI, the Yezidi regiment led by Jangir Agha tried to stay away from the Russian military operations. However, after the occupation of Van by the Russian army in 1915, his regiment along …

The Revenge of Andranik – The Assassination of Bshar-Khalil

The Revenge of Andranik

In 1894, the Armenians were offended in Sasun. Dashnaktsutyun party sent an armed squad to Sasun located in the Mush plain at the foot of the Sasun mountains. Here, Andranik was baptized with fire. Heading the Armenian detachment during 1895-1896, Andranik defended Armenian villages, transported weapons, armed the population, and fought against the Kurds and …

Misak Torlakian – Assassination of Behbud Khan Javanshir

Misak Torlakian – Assassination of Behbud Khan Javanshir

Behbud Khan Javanshir was Minister of Internal Affairs of Azerbaijan who was involved in the massacre of the Armenian population in Baku in 1918. Three years later, on July 19, 1921, in Constantinople (now Istanbul), Armenian Dashnaks tracked him down. Behbud Khan Javanshir was assassinated by Misak Torlakian, which led him to the British military …

Harry Kizirian – Armenians in the US Army

Harry Kizirian - Armenians in the US Army

Harry Kizirian (1925-2002) was Armenian-American member of the United States Marine Corps during WWII. He was nicknamed “Killer” and “Beast.” When asked about what was going on in his head when he flew into the air after an enemy bombardment, he replied: “I wondered if I could ever land again… A bad angel would have …

“I Am Not a Nationalist” – Andranik Ozanyan

"I Am Not a Nationalist" - Andranik Ozanyan

There is nothing surprising in the fact that the passionate patriot of Armenia became the epic hero of many nations. Andranik of Sasun was not a narrow nationalist: he saw a healthy potential in the union of the Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox peoples that could put violence to a stop. The general said proudly: “I …

The Armenian Community in Dhaka Gave the City a Special European Charm

The Armenian Community in Dhaka

“Turkey denying its crimes seems ridiculous to me,” writes architect and architectural historian Adnan Morshed in an article published in the English Bangladeshi newspaper “The Daily Star”, “Ankara recalled its ambassador from Berlin after the resolution of the Bundestag on the Armenian Genocide. A familiar story, isn’t it?” After all, after the execution of the …

Legendary “Keri” – Fedayis of Armenia

Legendary "Keri" - Fedayis of Armenia

Gavafian Arshak (Keri) was one of the most prominent figures of the Armenian national liberation movement, as well as a member of the Dashnaktsutyun party and the organization “Pashtpan Hayrenyats” (“Defender of homeland”). He graduated from the Armenian school in his native settlement of Karin. In 1889, he collaborated with Uno (Harutyun Ter-Martirosyan). In 1890, …

Our Only Way Out is Independence – Levon Shant

Our Only Way Out is Independence

Levon Shant (1869-1951), an Armenian writer, storyteller, deputy chairman of the parliament of the First Republic of Armenia wrote: “In political life, as in personal life, only one who has a sense of self-esteem gains respect and friendship. Russia, having turned us into an obedient tool and clashed us with our neighbors, at critical moments …

Armenians in Baku – 19th-20th Centuries

Armenians in Baku – 19th-20th Centuries

According to an 1897 census, the total number of Baku residents was 111.904 people, of whom 19.099 were Armenians. In Baku, Armenians carried out active cultural and public awareness campaigns. Charitable organizations were founded to promote the development of the cultural and social life of local Armenians. The activity of charitable organizations has become a …