In July 1922, Djemal Pasha, a member of the former Young Turk government, arrived in Tiflis in order to continue his cooperation with the Bolsheviks. Djemal was one of those responsible for the Armenian Genocide committed in the Ottoman Empire in 1915.
On July 15, Stepan Gevorgyan, Petros Ter-Poghosyan, and Artashes Gevorgyan killed Djemal Pasha in front of the headquarters of the All-Russian Extraordinary Commission, executing the existing sentence on Djemal. The Soviet government immediately responded to this event. Funereal events were held in Moscow, as well as in Tiflis, the then capital of the Transcaucasian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic. Mustafa Kemal and Djemal’s relatives would receive condolences of the Soviet government over the “tragic death of a wonderful son of the Turkish nation.”
Those events would be followed by persecutions against the Armenian youth, as well as arrests and exiles. Among the arrested was Stepan Tsaghikyan who would never escape the headquarters of the Bolshevist Extraordinary Commission. Petros Ter-Petrosyan and Artashes Gevorgyan also became the victims of the red terror in 1937.
It should be noted that two days after Soghomon Tehlirian had killed Talaat Pasha in Berlin on March 15, 1921, the German court found him not guilty and freed. This is a clear indicator of the homicidal direction of the Soviet policy towards Armenians.
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