Krasnodar Armenia’s Appeal to Putin

KRASNODAR–Russia (Noyan Tapan)–The sizable Russian-Armenian community of Krasnodar issued an appeal to Russian president Vladimir Putin early this week–urging him to personally address the racial intolerance toward Armenia’s by local authorities.

The appeal was approved during the first general meeting of the Hamshen organization–which has been founded by the Armenian community leaders of the Apsheron and Tuapse regions of Krasnodar.

The organization gets its name from an historical Armenian region in Western Armenia–whose residents fled to Krasnodar and Abkhazia following the Genocide.

The appeal to the Russian president points the finger at the Russian authorities of Krasnodar–who consistently–through public appearances and media reports–are inciting racism among the minorities living in the region.

Given the region’s geopolitical situation–the letter warns–the climate could deteriorate to a point that conflicts such as the ones in Chechnya–Crimea and Abkhazia could erupt–if those actions do not cease.

"We wholeheartedly support your efforts to establish constitutional rule in Chechnya–as well as the efforts of the Russian Federation authorities–which aim to strengthen Russia’s [territorial] integrity," stated the letter to Putin.

The letter also urges Putin to promote tolerance among the Russian people–despite their ethnic background.

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