Harutyun T. Marutyan
In the coares of soviet power not any attempt was made to overcome the complex of genocide’s victim, buy also the government’s actions had some intention to cultivate that consciousness. The situation change by the beginning of Karabakh movement in February, 1988, which was the first one in the series of national-democratic movements formed on the territory of ex-USSR. It had some peculiarities inclusive of the fact that after Sumgait Events the “sleeping” memory of the Genocide “woke up” immediately and gradually became the most significant and decisive factor. The attempt to overcome the crisis of the end ok 20th century was combined with the struggle for the overcoming the crisis of the beginning of the 20th century, one of the displays of which was that the symbol of the victim asking for justice and compassion conceded its place to the image of warrior, who had come to the realize that the national goals are to be carried into effect only by standing on the path of struggle.
The release of Ramil Safarov who murdered Gurgen Margaryan, and the fact that he was honored to become national hero of Azerbaijan did not contribute to revive the “victim complex” (though the ones who had taken those measures probably expected that it would do), nut only strengthened the change that had occurred twenty years ago in Armenian self-consciousness. It’s also remarkable that the activity channeled to the recognition and condemnation of the genocide has been recently supplemented by demands of recompense and consequently by actions directed to it, which represent the problems in a more systematic way. The latter is also considered to be one of the signs of overcoming the “victim complex”