ARMENIAN ISSUE AS REFLECTED IN RUSSIAN ARCHIVAL RECORDS

Mehmet Perinçek

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Abstract:The Czarist Russian and Soviet archival records gain significance with regard to muchdebated and controversial accounts of Armenian genocides – the issue laden withaccusations and counter accusations founded on concocted and fabricated narratives fedby imperial powers to facilitate the division and share of booty of Ottoman territory.Czarist Russia and Soviets were the most important witness of the event, besidescontending parties of Armenian and Turkey, between 1915 and 1923. The documentsinclude besides state records, the Dashnak documents, who themselves were controlledand exploited by imperial Russia and Soviets for their own designs. These documentsreflect the tragic saga of killings, massacres of Armenians and retaliation by Turks duringthese fateful years, resulting in ethnic cleansing of Armenians as well as Turkish Muslimsof Armenia. The records depict living conditions of Ottoman Armenians, rise ofArmenians nationalism, its enticement to Czarist plans, the Dashnak design to annihilatemajority Muslim population of Ottoman Armenia, besides imperialist intrigues leading togenocides with an utter disregard to human values and international moral codes ofconduct.

Keywords:Russia, Armenia, Ottoman Turkey, czarist, Soviets, Archives.


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