Novorossiisk Armenia’s Fear Continued Persecution

NOVOROSSIISK (Armenpress)–A representative of the Armenian cultural society "Luys" in the Russian Black Sea city of Novorossiisk–said that following the March 22 rampage against Armenia’s there–parents now fear sending their children to school.

Describing those events as "a pogrom," Alla Partsikian of "Luys" confirmed previous reports that the clash was caused by a squabble at a local cafe when Cossacks–led by their community leader Vladimir Petrushin–attacked a group of Armenia’s and Greeks during a birthday party. In a subsequent fight–Petrushin was injured and was rushed to a hospital where doctors operated on him–and local law-enforcement bodies launched a criminal investigation.

Later–Armenian-owned cars–cafes–and shops were destroyed in the town’s quarter. Although the local mayor appealed to Armenia’s–Greeks–as well as Cossacks to observe the law–around 200 Cossacks continued the attack against Armenia’s and Greeks that evening.

According to the local Armenian daily Yerkramas–Armenian and Cossacks representatives were due to meet with city authorities on Monday.

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