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Viceroy Nerses Haykazn, Liberator of Italy

Viceroy Nerses Haykazn, Liberator of Italy

In 550, the emperor of Byzantium Justinian I (527–565) appointed Armenian commander Nerses commander-in-chief of the Byzantine army in Italy. In 552 near Capua (city and fortress in southern Italy), Nerses Haykazn defeated the army of the Gothic King Totila (541-552), captured Rome, and conquered the Franks and Alemanni (ancient Germanic tribal alliance). In 555, …

Letter from the Chairman of the Revolutionary Committee of Azerbaijan to the Bolsheviks of Goris – The Period of Occupation of Artsakh by the Russians, 1920

Letter from the Chairman

In May 1920, the Russians without declaring war invaded the First Republic of Armenia and occupied Artsakh. Soviet Azerbaijan made decisive actions to subjugate the Armenian region. To this end, the chairman of the Revolutionary Committee of Azerbaijan Nariman Narimanov appointed Asad Karayev as chairman of the Karabakh Revolution Committee. Karayev was tasked to coordinate …

The Anti-Armenian Statement of the USSR Government in 1953 After the Death of Stalin

The Anti-Armenian Statement of the USSR Government

After Stalin’s death on May 30, 1953, the Soviet government, neglecting the expectations and aspirations of the Armenian people, stated that “in order to maintain good neighborly relations and strengthen peace and security, the governments of Armenia and Georgia found it possible to abandon their territorial claims on Turkey. Thus, the Soviet government declared that …

Russian Assistance to Turkey in 1920-1922 – Chronology of the Supply of Gold and Weapons

Russian Assistance to Turkey in 1920-1922

In 1920-1922, Bolshevik Russia supported and armed Kemalist Turkey, just as Putin’s Russia today is arming and supporting Azerbaijan which had been established by the Bolsheviks. In both cases, it has been done against Armenia and Armenians. On August 16-18, 1920, Russia granted the warships “Zhutkiy” (“Eerie”) and “Zhivoy” (“Living”) to Turkey for the purpose …

The Pages of the Turkish-Bolshevik Novel

The Pages of the Turkish-Bolshevik Novel

We present to your attention a few pages from a Turkish-Bolshevik novel. Karl Marx, the founder of the communist idea “A pious deed for Christian states would be the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.” Anastas Mikoyan, Armenian Bolshevik “Armenian chauvinists, relying on imperialist allies, are promoting a chimerical idea of creating ‘Greater Armenia’ on historical …

Fraternal Gifts for the Anniversary of the Criminal Contract

Fraternal Gifts for the Anniversary

On March 16, 2011, on the 90th anniversary of the signing of the Russian-Turkish Moscow Treaty, the then Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan presented Russian President Dmitry Medvedev with a copy of the 1921 Moscow Treaty. Dmitry Medvedev, in his turn, gifted the Turkish prime minister one photo depicting the process of signing the …

The Last Day of Talaat Pasha’s Life – March 15, 1921

The Last Day of Talaat Pasha's Life

This unique photograph was taken during one of the trials of Soghomon Tehlirian in June 1921 in Berlin. March 15, 1921, was the last day of the life for one of the main executioners of the Armenian people, Talaat Pasha. In organizing the execution of Talaat Pasha, the main role was played by the American …

The Tragic History of Gethsemane Chapel in Yerevan

The Tragic History of Gethsemane Chapel

In 1929, one of the churches of Old Yerevan, Gethsemane Chapel, was dismantled. In its place would be built the Yerevan Opera Theater. In 2007, a khachkar (cross-stone) was installed in the building in memory of Gethsemane Chapel that had existed for several centuries. It is thought that from at least the 3rd century, a …

Events and Facts from the Russo-Turkish Moscow Treaty of 1921

Events and Facts

On March 16, 1921, the Moscow Treaty was concluded between the nationalist government of Turkey and Bolshevik Russia. One of the results of this treaty would become the division of Armenia between Russia and Turkey. American politician, US ambassador to Germany in 1913-1917, and Democrat James Gerald (1867-1951) wrote: “On March 16, 1921, the Bolsheviks …

Lessons of History – Memoirs of Alexander Khatisian

Lessons of History – Memoirs

Below, we present the memoirs of the Prime Minister of the First Republic of Armenia Alexander Khatisian on the difficult situation in which Armenians ended up as a result of the Russian-Turkish war. He also covered the lack of prudence of the Russian side towards Armenians and the justified caution of the Georgians. “In 1915, …

Rıza Nur on the 1920 Russo-Turkish Negotiations

Rıza Nur on the 1920 Russo-Turkish Negotiations

We present to your attention an excerpt from the memoirs of Turkish political scientist, writer, and surgeon Rıza Nur. This excerpt covers the Russo-Turkish negotiations held in 1920 in Moscow. “We didn’t have the necessary weapons for the war for independence, and due to this, we considered it beneficial that I leave for Russia together …

The Building in Which Yeghishe Charents Lived and Worked

The Building in Which Yeghishe Charents Lived

The old Yerevan two-story building located at 46, Nalbandyan St, and built at the beginning of the 20th century could go unnoticed despite the fact that the office of the Russian VTB Bank’s Armenian branch is now located here. However, a noteworthy fact is associated with this building. Outstanding Armenian poet Yeghishe Charents lived and …

Quintus Curtius on Armenia and the Armenian Highlands

Quintus Curtius on Armenia

“The route to there goes through a steppe. The area between the Euphrates and Tigris is so fat and abundant that it is said that cattle are driven away from there not to die from over-satiety. The reason for such fertility is irrigation: the moisture from the rivers through water-bearing veins is spread throughout the …

Hnevank Monastery – The “Old Monastery”

Hnevank Monastery – The “Old Monastery”

Translated from Armenian, “Hnevank” means “old monastery”. And this is a very appropriate name. The exact date of the construction of this monastery is unknown. According to some sources, one of its churches was restored in the 12th century. However, judging by its architecture, its first church was built around the 7th century. This dilapidated …