Armenian gravestones in Russia’s Yaroslavl Region vandalized

Public Radio of Armenia
May 8 2021    

Unknown persons vandalised gravestones in the territory of the Armenian cemetery in the village of Kurba in Russia’s Yaroslavl Region. About 50 tombs were damaged.

The Armenian Embassy in Russia has condemned the act of vandalism, describing it as a clearly provocative action and an encroachment on spiritual values.

“It can lead to various consequences, negatively affecting efforts to preserve interethnic harmony,” the Embassy said.

“We are confident that the law enforcement agencies of the Yaroslavl Region will take all the necessary steps to bring the perpetrators to justice as soon as possible,” the Embassy said, adding that such acts should be condemned to prevent recurrence.

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Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS