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At the next meeting, the ambassador asked how the collection of materials about the hierarchs of the Armenian Church was going. Vardan showed several dossiers compiled on its prominent representatives.

The first of them concerned one of the respected and selfless figures of the Armenian clergy — the theologian, philologist and philosopher Bishop Khoren (Abraham in the world) Mkhitaryan, who prepared a number of documents and materials on the situation of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire after the Russian-Turkish war.

The second dossier characterized the prominent Bishop Garegin (in the world of Hovhannes) Srvandztyants. Immediately after the Russo-Turkish war, the Patriarch of Constantinople, by a special encyclical, sent him to the vilayets populated by Armenians, where he conducted demographic research, got acquainted with the political and socio-economic situation of the people. But not only. A man of broad interests, he published ethnographic works, collected folklore and was the first to write down the folk epic “David of Sasun”. Having accused Srvandztyants of unreliability, the authorities first removed him from Van, and later, in 1888, when he headed one of the large dioceses, they completely recalled him to Constantinople.

Vardan compiled the most detailed dossier on the most prominent Armenian church figure in Turkey at that time, Ghevond (in the world of Nshan) Shishmanyan.