Russian Deputies Seek Accountability for Armenia Genocide Denial

The Russian State Duma (Source: Reuters)
The Russian State Duma (Source: Reuters)

The Russian State Duma (Source: Reuters)

MOSCOW (Reuters)—Russian lawmaker Sergei Mironov said on Wednesday that his party had submitted a bill to parliament on holding to account anyone who denies that the 1915 killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces was a genocide.

“We have just submitted a bill on responsibility for failure to acknowledge the fact of a genocide of Armenians by Turkey in 1915,” Mironov, the leader of the opposition Just Russia party, said on his Twitter account, a day after the Turkish air force shot down a Russian jet.

In related news, Russia’s State Duma has supported the idea of returning Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia Cathedral to the Christian church, RBK reports.

Sergey Gavrilov, the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) representative and coordinator of inter-faction deputy group on protecting Christian values, urged this to Turkey. “We expect from the Turkish side a friendly step—to return the Hagia Sophia Cathedral to the Christian church. The Russian side is ready to participate materially, and also to engage the best Russian restorers and scientists to the restoration of the ecumenical Christian monument. This step would help Turkey and Islam to demonstrate that the good will is above politics,” Gavrilov said.

According to the CPRF, as Russian-Turkish relations are experiencing a strength test after the downing of a Russian jet near the Syrian border, “mutual friendly initiatives and proposals are especially important.”

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  1. Armenian said:

    It is bothersome that all of this pro-rhetoric for us is coming at a time when Russia is angry at Turkey. This only plays into the idea that those who support genocide recognition are doing so in spite of Turkey, and not because it’s actually in its interests to recognize that committing a genocide is wrong.

  2. Zareh Sahakian said:

    Oh…Russians have “discovered” Armenia!

    Let’s not fall into a Russian trap, nor get carried away with Russian B.S. Nor should read much into the recent Russian parliamentary motion of “punishing the denial of the Armenian Genocide”

    BECAUSE! The minute Turks give into Russian pressures and give to the Russian what want…Armenia and Armenians will be swept under the rug, speaking figuratively and literally.

    If Russia values our strategic and moral friendship so much then without any delays they should;

    a) Cancel the debt Armenia owes to Russia, something the Kremlin has done, and continues to do to many countries in Africa and Asia.
    b) Stop selling offensive arms to Azerbaijan
    c) Provide Armenia (and only talk) Iskander-M missiles, upgrade the S-300 surface to air weapons with the more modern S-400 version, provide T-90 ultra modern tanks to Armenia (as they have already provided 100 T-90s to Baku), instead of “refurbishing” 50-year-old T-72 tanks and call them “modernized”.

    Furthermore, Armenia should call the Russian bluff of using Armenia as a stick against Turkey. Unless Russia gives political and strategic dividends to Armenia, official Russia should not be permitted to speak about Armenia or about the genocide just because the Turks shut down a Russian jet.

    Alas, the Armenian government will do none of the above, because we have seen, time and again, that they have surrendered to Russian whims.

  3. Harutik said:

    With the Anglo-American-Zionist alliance standing firmly behind it, the confident Turk has once again provoked the Russian Bear and has drawn first blood. Russia will retaliate in some form sooner or later. There is now a very serious divide between Moscow and Ankara. Will Armenians have the political maturity and foresight to exploit this historic opportunity? Until now, Russians looked at Turkey as a geopolitical competitor and a potential opponent. Now, Russians will begin looking at Turkey as a despicable enemy. Will Armenians have the political maturity and foresight to exploit this historic opportunity? Russians finally got a little taste of what Armenians and Greeks have been going through for the past one thousands years. Will Armenians have the political maturity and foresight to exploit this historic opportunity? This was a serious offense against Russia. This is a historic opportunity not only for Armenia but also for Artsakh. Russians must be made to understand that Ankara and Baku are being governed by Asiatic squatters with a pan-Turkic agenda. Moscow must be made to understand that Ankara and Baku have always been and will continue being exploited by their Anglo-American-Jewish masters. Moscow must be made to understand that as long as these Asiatic squatters remain at the helm in Ankara and Baku, Russia’s vulnerable underbelly will continue being threatened by Western powers and Islamic extremists. Now, for Moscow, the Turks is no longer just a geopolitical competitor but an active enemy. Will Armenians have the political maturity and foresight to exploit this historic opportunity?

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