The Issue Surrounding the Appropriation of State Funds by the Committee for the Salvation of the Fatherland


Ararat M. Hakobyan

One of the most controversial issues in Armenian historiography is the appropriation of state funds by the Committee for the Salvation of the Fatherland following the defeat of the 1921 February Rebellion. Soviet Armenian historiography in particular, inspired by political objectives, has presented a one-sided version of the appropriated state funds taken from Yerevan by the Committee for the Salvation of the Fatherland.

This incident was presented as looting, squander and appropriation. Meanwhile, due to events and the existing situation, the 10 billion Rubles taken from Yerevan and the remaining valuables were spent with the objective of taking care of the 10,000 outcast refugees, members of the former administrative apparatus, for the protection of intellectuals and military personnel, and those issues pertaining to an educational, cultural and political nature. Simultaneously, a number of facts show that along with this targeted spending, there were funds that we squandered and looted, something which was unavoidable taking into consideration the conditions of the extraordinary situation.

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