Thousands gather in Moscow for Genocide commemoration ceremony

Thousands gather in Moscow for Genocide commemoration ceremony

PanARMENIAN.Net - Representatives of Armenia's Embassy in Russia, employees of Armenia's mission in the CSTO and Karabakh's mission in Moscow laid flowers at the Genocide memorial of the Armenian monastery complex in the Russian capital on Sunday, April 24.

Members of Russia's Armenian community and thousands of Moscow residents attended the commemoration ceremony.

Afterwards, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Russia and Nor Nakhichevan, Archbishop Ezras Nersisyan, read an intercessory prayer for the canonized martyrs of the Armenian Genocide at the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral.

Later, a demonstration was held in front of Turkey's embassy in Moscow. The embassy building was surrounded by police officers and special mission units.

The Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Genocide (1915-23) was the deliberate and systematic destruction of the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire during and just after World War I. It was characterized by massacres and deportations, involving forced marches under conditions designed to lead to the death of the deportees, with the total number of deaths reaching 1.5 million.

The majority of Armenian Diaspora communities were formed by the Genocide survivors.

Present-day Turkey denies the fact of the Armenian Genocide, justifying the atrocities as “deportation to secure Armenians”. Only a few Turkish intellectuals, including Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk and scholar Taner Akcam, speak openly about the necessity to recognize this crime against humanity.

The Armenian Genocide was recognized by Uruguay, Russia, France, Lithuania, Italy, 45 U.S. states, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Argentina, Belgium, Austria, Wales, Switzerland, Canada, Poland, Venezuela, Chile, Bolivia, the Vatican, Luxembourg, Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands, Paraguay, Sweden, Venezuela, Slovakia, Syria, Vatican, as well as the European Parliament and the World Council of Churches.

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