Armenian Issue As Reflected in Russian Archival Records


PERİNÇEK M. B.

The Journal Of Central Asian Studies, vol.19, pp.125-130, 2010 (International Refereed University Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Title of Journal : The Journal Of Central Asian Studies
  • Page Numbers: pp.125-130

Abstract

The Czarist Russian and Soviet archival records gain significance with regard to much 
debated and controversial accounts of Armenian genocides – the issue laden with 
accusations and counter accusations founded on concocted and fabricated narratives fed 
by 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, besides 
contending parties of Armenian and Turkey, between 1915 and 1923. The documents 
include besides state records, the Dashnak documents, who themselves were controlled 
and exploited by imperial Russia and Soviets for their own designs. These documents 
reflect the tragic saga of killings, massacres of Armenians and retaliation by Turks during 
these fateful years, resulting in ethnic cleansing of Armenians as well as Turkish Muslims 
of Armenia. The records depict living conditions of Ottoman Armenians, rise of 
Armenians nationalism, its enticement to Czarist plans, the Dashnak design to annihilate 
majority Muslim population of Ottoman Armenia, besides imperialist intrigues leading to 
genocides with an utter disregard to human values and international moral codes of 
conduct.