Anna Mkrtchyan


The words of Raphael Lemkin, one of the initiators and drafters of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, involuntarily come to mind: “After the end of the war, about 150 Turkish war criminals were arrested and imprisoned by the British government on the island of Malta. The Armenians sent their delegation to the Peace Conference in Versailles. They demanded justice. Then one day the delegation read in the newspapers that all Turkish war criminals had been released from prison. I was shocked. A whole nation was killed, and the perpetrators were freed. Why is a person punished when he kills another person? Why is killing a million less of a crime than killing one person?”

Indeed, why?

The author cannot accept the idea that hundreds of organizers and perpetrators of the massacre in Sumgayit and Baku, including those sentenced to death, are walking free today, and an Azerbaijani army officer who hacked a sleeping Armenian officer with an ax is elevated to the rank of a national hero in his homeland . The question is, what logic does the Turkish government follow when denying the Armenian Genocide? Meanwhile, on July 6, 1919, the Military Tribunal established in Constantinople, consisting of the chairman, division commander, three generals who distinguished themselves during the war and one captain (all members of the tribunal were Turks) sentenced to death the leading perpetrators of the Genocide — Talaat, Enver, Dzhemal . True, the sentence handed down by the court was carried out not by the Turks themselves, but by the Armenian avengers.

Naturally, my hero could not look indifferently at the events that followed the monstrous catastrophe of his people. Upon learning of the death of Talaat, he went to Berlin, where the murderer of the Turkish executioner, Soghomon Tehlirian, was tried. The trial took place on June 2-3, 1921. Here is how he is described in another letter to Dzhivelegov: