Has Russia recognized the Genocide Committed against Arm

  • by Western Armenia, March 07, 2024 in Politics

To the question whether Russia has recognized the genocide committed against the Armenians, we mean not only the authorities, but we also mean  the multi-ethnic people of the Russian Federation.

The large Armenian community who live  in Russia is also a part of Russia.

And with the presentation of Armenians living there the problems related to the preservation of memory and the demand for justice for the mentioned events should be solved.

Nowadays, against the background of Russophobia, it is necessary to answer the questions why Russia took a non-pro-Armenian or "anti-Armenian" position in various historical situations, could the Armenian leaders avoid from the danger of Russia, what extent is possible the repetition of that policy.

The First World War and Russia's position towards Armenians.

From the very beginning of the First World War, Armenian organizations initiated a volunteer movement to struggle against the Ottoman Empire as part of the Russian army.

The Armenian elite hoped that by joining the allies and fighting in their armies, in case of victory, they would give independence to Western Armenia.

Armenian volunteer detachments with 5-8 thousand fighters were  formed  among the Russian army.

Also, after 1916, a legion of Armenian volunteers were formed in the French army.

In 1914 On November 1, the russian-turkish front was opened, and the Russian army, and  five Armenian volunteer detachments were fighting, in it finally defeated the Ottoman army in the Battle of Sarikamish in January.

The commander of the Turkish army was the Ottoman military minister Enver Pasha, who barely survived and returned to Constanopole  in a rage, blaming Armenians for his defeat.

Russian commentator Yulia Latinina writes: "Like all defeated commanders, returning to Constantinople, he declares that the defeat was due to betrayal.

After the battle of Sarighamish, the Russian army takes a break on the southern front.

It was then that the massacres of Armenians began.

A few months later, in the spring, the Russian army  captures Van.

In some circles of Armenian historiography and intellectuals, they are sure that if he had moved further, he would have saved the Armenians of Mush and other regions, but instead he retreated in the summer (Armenian authors call that retreat "fake"), and those who survived the turkish massacres in self-defense emigrated with the Russian army. The population of Van and all of Vaspurakan.

Some historians write that if the Russian army had not made such retreats and pauses, thousands of Armenians would have been saved.

In particular, Leo writes: "The purpose of that retreat was explained in various ways.

But one of those goals was the annihilation of Armenians, which was carried out with the most terible success."

It should be taken into account that until the mid-1930s, the Soviet government blamed tsarism for everything, and Leo, in accordance with the conjuncture of those times, blames the losses of Armenians on tsarism, and his two anti-Russian books written during that period: "From the Past" and The "ideology of the Russian-Armenian revolution" became the main propaganda weapons of Russophobes.

As, for example, epress.am uses "In 1915, Russia sold  Genocide against Armenia through the eyes of a prominent historian."

There is even a suspicion among intellectuals that Russia was in a deal with turkey and did not specifically advance so that the turks could easily kill Armenians, therefore the guilt of the genocide falls on Russia as well, the more fanatical Russophobes blame only Russia.

They quote the words attributed to Russian Foreign Minister Alexander Lobanov Rostovsky (1824-1896): We need Armenia without Armenians.

For example, http://civilngo.com says: "During the genocide, the Russian side directly supported the turkish side in the massacre of Armenians within the framework of the implementation of the "Armenia without Armenians" program.

To be continued…