OVER 2,000 EVENTS TO TAKE PLACE IN RUSSIA TO REMEMBER ARMENIANS SLAIN BY OTTOMAN TURKS IN 2015
YEREVAN, April 24. /ARKA/. More than 2,000 events will take place in
Russia to remember Armenians slain by Ottoman Turks in 2015, Russian
President Vladimir Putin said today in Yerevan, where he came to
attend the commemoration ceremony.
“More than 2,000 commemorative events will take place in hundreds of
Russia’s cities, and they will be attended by not only representatives
of the Armenian community in Russia that numbers 3 million people,
but also dozens of thousands people of other nationalities,” he said.
Putin stressed that Russia morns these deaths together with Armenian
This year Armenia marks the 100 anniversary of Armenian Genocide
committed in Turkey in 2015.
Delegations of countries, parliaments and international organizations
as well as ambassadors to Armenia came to Tsitsernakaberd, the memorial
to Armenian Genocide victims.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin, President of France Francois
Hollande, President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic and President of Cyprus
Nicos Anastasiades visited the memorial.
The Armenian Genocide was the first genocide of the twentieth century.
According to Armenian and many other historians, up to 1.5 million
Armenians were killed starting in 1915 in a systematic campaign by
the government of Turkey.
Turkey has been denying it for decades. The Armenian genocide was
recognized by tens of countries. The first was Uruguay that did so
Other nations are Russia, France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium,
Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Greece, Cyprus,
Lebanon, Canada, Venezuela, Argentina, 43 U.S. states.
It was recognized also by the Vatican, the European Parliament,
the World Council of Churches and other international organizations.