Avag A. Harutyunyan
Key words – First Republic of Armenia, Ryazan concentration camp, sovietisation, expulsion, prisoner, Armenian army, Armenian officer, Tovmas Nazarbekyan, Movses Silikyan, justification.
After the Sovietization of the First Republic of Armenia, the Bolshevik government carried out mass arrests of Armenian officers – up to the generals, sending them to the concentration camp of Ryazan.
Here are published some registration cards, forms, lists, protocols of imprisoned Armenian officers, documents concerning their release from the concentration camp and the rehabilitation lists.
There are many memoirs of contemporaries and research documents regarding the number and the further fate of the exiled Armenian officers. But the full story of Ryazan epopee is not properly investigated due to the lack of some necessary documents.
Studying the history of the Armenian officers odyssey is important also in terms of a comprehensive understanding of the history of the First Republic and its armed forces.
We are confident that this publication will be very useful for a full study of the history of Armenian officers’ Ryazan martyrology.