Russian media strongly condemns heroization of Dashnaks and fascists by Armenians
Today we can say with full confidence that along with terrorism and separatism, fascism has become an integral part of Armenia's state policy. The ideology of the military junta is based on unjustified territorial claims against the neighboring countries, ethnic cleansing policies against the Turks and other nations. Much has been said and written about the atrocities committed by the Armenian executioners within the Nazi armed forces during World War II. Meanwhile, the Armenian leadership brutally violated international legal norms and principles a few years ago and raised a monument to the Nazi and Dashnak in the center of Yerevan. The then Armenian leadership, which attended the opening of the monument, which was erected in honor of the murder of thousands of people a few years ago, showed its true face. Naturally, this step of the Armenian authorities was strongly condemned by the international community, which did not accept fascism, as well as by Russia, which Yerevan considers its ally. Although the Kremlin initially claimed it was an internal affair of Armenia, it was later forced to admit that such cases were unacceptable. It was declared that Armenia's "honoring" of fascism, as well as of the Third Reich's servant, and of the bloodthirsty regime were unacceptable.
In modern Russia, everyone is aware that Garegin Nzhdeh was not just a secret agent of the Nazis, but a recruiter for sabotage and terrorist acts in the rear of the army, expert at the Institute for Political Studies Pavel Severov wrote in the Russian magazine "Natsionalnaya Oborona”.
"In May 2019, the Russian Foreign Ministry presented a report "On the situation with the glorification of Nazism, the spread of neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to the escalation of modern forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance,” which stated that the former ruling Republican Party of Armenia took steps to perpetuate the memory of the Nazi criminal Garegin Nzhdeh, who worked closely with the Third Reich,” the author noted.
According to Severov, "thus, the Russian foreign ministry, referring to this fact in its report, condemns the practice of the glorification of Nazism, the spread of neo-Nazism and other actions contrary to international legal norms that violate basic principles, norms and values in the field of human rights."
"The Russian foreign ministry confirms the fact of existence of a state policy of heroizing Nazi collaborators in Armenia over the past twenty years. The foreign ministry made this decision after the report of the Russian defense ministry,” the author said.
The article then noted that the Russian public had taken an active role in the fight against racism in various countries. In 2017, a petition was posted on Change.org to prevent the heroism of Nazi criminals such as Stepan Bandera and Garegin Nzhdeh. Petition collected about 200,000 signatures.
The official position of the Russian special services regarding Garegin Nzhdeh is set forth in the article "Activities of military counterintelligence in the final period of the war” published in the sixth volume "Secret War: Intelligence and Counterintelligence during the Great Patriotic War” of the 12-volume encyclopedia "The Great Patriotic War” war of 1941-1945”, published by the Main Editorial Commission of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation under the chairmanship of the head of the department, Army General Sergey Shoigu.
"As part of the intelligence work against the Abwehr 114, counterintelligence agents identified and arrested the former general of the Dashnak army, an emigrant Ter-Harutyunyan, who served with the Germans under the pseudonym Nzhdeh,” reads the article.
"The most important thing is that in modern Russia, everyone is aware that Nzhdeh was a secret agent of the Nazis, a large recruiter of agents, not just for intelligence work, but for committing sabotage and terrorist acts in the rear of the army and in the country,” emphasized Severov. "Nzhdeh is a Nazi collaborator and criminal. Military counterintelligence established this for certain. The Russian defense ministry made this information public. The Russian foreign ministry demands not to allow the heroization of such Nazi collaborators as Stepan Bandera and Garegin Nzhdeh.”
Thus, it is noteworthy that the Russian media regularly keep this issue on the agenda. Certainly, the consequences will be severe if such situations are not prevented and necessary decisions are not made.