One day in History: Armenian Genocide


In 1915 the Young Turk authorities organized mass killings of the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire.

Under the decree of Emperor Nicholas II, the Russian-Turkish border was opened, and huge crowds of exhausted Armenian refugees were admitted to the Russian land. Near the border, directly under the open sky, many tables were set up, behind which Russian officials accepted Armenian refugees without any formalities. They handed a golden ruble for each member of the family and a special document that gave them the right to freely settle throughout the Russian Empire during the year. They were allowed free access to all modes of transport. Those in need were given food and clothing. Russian doctors and nurses of mercy gave out medicines and rendered emergency help to the sick, wounded and pregnant.

Eyewitnesses talked about the manifestations of immense joy and tears of gratitude from unhappy Armenians, about Russian soldiers who fed starving Armenian children from their bowlers, about mothers kissing Russian Cossack boots, about the old soldiers who shed their happiness from happiness, embraced Russian soldiers, about Armenian priests, with a cross in Hands of those who offered prayers.

As a result, 375 thousand Armenians were saved. That is, the Russian Sovereign saved 23% of the entire Armenian population of Turkey. As he wrote historian Paul Paganutstsi: "For one thing it is his salvation can be counted among the saints."

At the insistence of the Tsar, a declaration of allied countries was adopted on May 24, 1915, in which the genocide of the Armenian population was recognized as a crime against humanity. In October 2015 in connection with the memorable date in the territory of the Armenian Museum in Moscow, the opening of the monument to Emperor Nicholas II. However, it is regrettable that in the territory of Armenia itself there is still no monument to Emperor Nicholas II, and in Armenian publishers books of falsifiers and Russophobes are coming out, which are trying to slander the great emancipating mission of the Russian Empire. But the memory of the Armenian nation Russia will always be a liberator.

After all, it was the great victories of the Russian army under Sarykamysh and Erzerum that weakened the Ottoman army so much that even after the 1917 revolution, when the Russians had to leave, small Armenian forces were able to repel the exhausted Turks for quite some time.