Chicherin to Ordzhonikidze on the Necessity of Occupation of Armenian Territories

Chicherin to Ordzhonikidze

The policy of peace ensured by the occupant troops of Russia specified in the document published below is a very “interesting” imperial policy adopted at the time by the Bolsheviks. This policy is still pursued by the modern Kremlin.

The significance of the disputed territories, as well as the presence of the occupant forces and the Kremlin’s policy in general was described in another article – “Khustup Mountain – The Armenian Capitol” from HAYASA – which I strongly advise you to read.

In just a couple of words, you can say one thing: everything that is happening today are echoes and attempts to repeat relatively recent history (100 years). The goal is the same as a hundred years ago – the demolition of the Armenian statehood and the extermination of the Armenian ethnos.

And the participants are the same – Russia, Turkey, and Azerbaijan. Only the faces are different.

From the telegram of the People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs of RSFSR G. Chicherin to the member of the Caucasian Bureau of the Central Committee of the Russian Communist Party (Bolsheviks) and the Caucasian Front G. Ordzhonikidze on the inadmissibility of the assignment of the disputed territories to any of the parties; on their temporary occupation by Russian troops; and on the creation of local authorities.

“The policy of peace and compromise with bourgeois Georgia, Dashnak Armenia, and Turkish nationalists dictated by the Central Committee of the Party for political reasons must be unswervingly pursued…

…Karabakh, Zangezur, Shusha, Nakhichevan, and Julfa should join neither Armenia nor Azerbaijan and should instead be under the Russian occupation forces with the creation of local councils, for another solution would disrupt our peace policy required by the general situation.”

June 19, 1920, Document No. 453, “Nagorno-Karabakh in 1918-1923”, Yerevan, 1992. “Nagorno-Karabakh in International Law and World Politics” by Yu. Barsegov



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