KRASNODAR (Combined Sources)–Vandals desecrated a monument dedicated to Armenia’s who founded the town of Budenovsk in Russia’s southern province of Stavropol. The monument is housed in a complex dedicated the Founding Fathers of the City of Soorp Khach (Holy Cross).
Officially dedicated in October 2004–the complex houses an 8 meter-high arch–a khachkar (cross-stone)–and a stone composition. Krasnodar’s Yerkramas newspaper reported that the vandalism may be the result of recent anti-Caucasus sentimen’s in the area–or is an act by a cult.
Sanctioned by Russian Emperor Paul I–The city of Soorp Khach (Holy Cross–now Budennovsk) was founded in 1799 by Armenia’s and others who believed in the Armenian faith.