Argun Konuk is a Turk. He has no Armenian roots, but most of his video blogs are dedicated to the Armenian heritage in Turkey. This was reported by Zhanna Poghosyan in Sputnik Armenia. ”My content is not political, I am interested in cultural objects, and as a Turk I consider myself responsible for showing the full picture of my country,” the young Turk Argun Konuk begins most of his video blogs on Youtube with this sentence. Since December 2020, Argun has been shooting various videos, most of which are dedicated to Armenians living in Turkey and the Armenian heritage remaining in Turkey. In his first video, he meets Kevork Balaban, who lives in Ankara. The blogger calls him “the last Armenian in Ankara”: many Armenians do not agree to talk about their ethnicity on camera.

Balaban tells Argun the legend of Akhtamar, well-known among Armenians. According to her, Akhtamar Island on Lake Van got its name due to a tragic love story. Princess Tamar lived on the island, a young man was in love with her, who every night swam to her from the shore to the island, led by the light that Tamar lit for him. But one day Tamar’s father broke a lamp, and the young man drowned in the lake, exclaiming “Ah, Tamar”” The legend does not say why the Armenian woman’s father was against this relationship. Kevork Balaban knows the answer – the young man was a Turk, at least, he had heard the legend in this interpretation since childhood. 

At the end of the video, the Armenian shows the Turkish blogger the Armenian cemetery in Ankara and reads the Armenian names written on the tombstones. “If you want to teach someone nationalism, patriotism, you should not do it, neglecting the culture of other peoples. Unfortunately, the opposite is happening. Today people are ready to say that they are the only ones who once lived on the planet. If they are told that the biblical Adam was a Turk, they will believe”” says Balaban. Argun notes with regret that in search of gold, Armenian graves were plundered by looters – “black diggers”.

Argun also shot videos in the ancient Armenian cities of Kars and Ani. About Ani, he says that the Armenians called it “The city of 1001 churches ”Ararat? Do you know what your name means?” the blogger asks the child. He shrugs in response.

Kurds tell a Turkish young man that there are Yezidis living in Armenia who speak the same language with them. They show Argun places from where the Armenian-Turkish border and Armenia itself are clearly visible. A 70-year-old Kurd shows a blogger the ruins of the Armenian Church of St. Theodora. “There were seven Armenian churches in this village, it was the largest of them. For many years, people have been dismantling the stones of churches and building houses for themselves. It’s very wrong how you can be so dismissive of history”” Kurd tells the blogger.

Argun also filmed a report from the village of Dogruyol in the Bitlis region of Turkey (the territory of Western Armenia), where an Armenian church of the 10th century has been preserved. It is guarded by a local resident named Atanur.

According to him, the foundation of the church is very solid, the ceiling has not collapsed and has not even been damaged for eleven centuries of its existence. “The Armenians knew perfectly well how to handle stone, they built very competently and without cement, the stones were attached to each other like a puzzle. It is very difficult to build such a building today. It is almost impossible to build such puzzles with modern technologies”” says Atanur.

There are also Armenian graves on the territory of the church. This Armenian church is not included in the list of protected monuments of Turkey, the state has no plans for its restoration or renovation.

The Armenian Church is the only surviving Armenian building in Dogruyol. Once there were other Armenian churches and houses in the village, but now they have been razed to the ground. Despite this, many Armenians from Armenia and from the Diaspora know about the church, come in groups and take photos. Tourists from Europe and the USA also visit the church.

In the spring of 2021, Argun came to Armenia for a month and shot videos here. He mentions that Armenia is a real paradise for tourists, as the food is very tasty, the prices are affordable, there is a story around each stone, and the people are very hospitable.

In his videos, Konuk never talks about the Genocide of Armenian people, does not mention the massacre. He only casually says that “Armenians lived here before the First World War””

The video blogs of the Turkish youth are actively watched by Diaspora Armenians who talk about their ancestors who lived in Turkey. Also in the comments there are many Turks who tell the stories of their grandparents about the “neighbor doctor Migrant” or “merchant Grant”.