Armenian Apostolic Church Under Bolshevik Ideological and Political Pressure Between 1920 and 1922
Keywords:Armenian Apostolic church, Bolshevik ideology, Holy Etchmiadzin, Catholicos of All Armenians, H. H. George V, Revolutionary Committee of Armenia, Council of Salvation of Armenia, the confiscation of the Church‟s property, the repressions against the clergymen
This article presents the ideological controversies that arose between the Armenian Apostolic church and the bolshevik regime following the invasion of soviet troops into Armenia. From its first days in power bolshevik authorities implemented radical steps against its ideological rival – the armenian church. Following the harsh anti-church political line of Russian bolsheviks, the soviet authorities in Armenia started a massive appropriation of Armenian church properties. The article mentions also the first attempts of the soviet administration to organize state institutions for the preservation and study of national cultural heritage.
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