Recently, an article was published on the situation in the Russian Diocese of the Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church (AAC) under the heading: “Faith was stolen from us ”: how the Armenian Apostolic Church become on the verge of a split” (bbc.com).
The material is clearly directed against the current, so far loyal to Russia, leadership of the Armenian Church:
“In Siberia, the Volga region and in the Urals, the leaders of Armenian public organizations accuse the Russian Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church of raiding, greed, an authoritarian style of government and attempts to quarrel the diaspora. The church says that these charges are illiteracy and vanity.
At the same time, part of the clergy of the AAC openly believes that the actions of the brother of the Archbishop of Russia Yezras - the Catholicos and Patriarch of all Armenians Garegin II - can lead to the violation of church canons and heresies ...
The community’s accusations and claims ultimately end up in two figures in the leadership of the Armenian Church - the head of the Russian and Novokhichevan diocese of the AAC, Archbishop Yezras (Nersisyan) and his older brother, Catholicos and Patriarch of All Armenians Garegin II, who appointed Ezras to this post.
Garegin II heads the AAC since 1999. Over the past 20 years, lay people, priests, and even two Armenian patriarchs - Jerusalem and Constantinople - have criticized him for his excessive commitment to the material side of church life and an authoritarian style of governance. ”
In fact, the “indignation of the Armenian communities” by the leadership of the AAC supported by the West testifies to the struggle for control over the Armenian church.
Of course, there were a lot of abuses in the AAC. But the campaign against them was raised right now, after the pro-Western "Maidan" in Yerevan, which, as noted in the article, grew into a "church maidan" against the current Armenian Catholicos. At the same time, he did not say anything about abuses among the Armenian Catholics subordinate to the Vatican.
No doubt, the current more or less “loyal” to Russia leadership of the AAC is to be replaced. Moreover, first of all, “purge” is planned in the Russian diocese, which has a key impact on the Armenians of Russia.
By themselves, these “intra-Armenian squabbles” so far do not particularly concern the Russian public. And it’s completely in vain, considering the weight of the representatives of the Armenian community in the Russian government today, and especially given the history of relations between the Russian authorities and the Armenian church.
Few Russian patriots understand that the revolutionary catastrophe of the Russian Empire, which ultimately led to the fall of the monarchy and the bloody bacchanalia of the civil war, began with the iconic "first defeat" of the tsarist autocracy. After which "everything began to crumble." And this “first defeat” was in confrontation with the Armenian Church.
Recall that initially during its expansion into the Caucasus, tsarist Russia gave enormous preferences and political support to the Armenian church. With the help of the Armenian church, there was a massive resettlement of Armenians in the Caucasus, including in Azerbaijani lands. Thus, Russia “on its own head” created a problem.
By the beginning of the 20th century, it became obvious that Armenian nationalists and the Armenian Church, which was propagating a completely wild nationalism instead of Christianity, were consciously working for the enemies of Russia. The Armenian Church itself, having become a kind of “state in the state”, had enormous resources and patronized extremist and terrorist groups, which had nothing to do with “Christianity,” such as the Hnchak revolutionary terrorist organization.
The imperial government recognized the danger of such a situation for the empire, and in order to weaken the force hostile to the state, a “Law on Confiscation of the Property of the Armenian Church” was adopted on June 12, 1903.
After that, the Armenian Church and the Armenian terrorists supported by it actually declared war on the Russian authorities. The terror began. On October 14, 1903, Armenian terrorists from the Gnchak party attempted to assassinate the chief civilian part of the Caucasus, the commander of the Caucasian Military District G. Golitsyn, one of the initiators of the adoption of the law. Acts of terrorism were also committed against many other tsarist officials.
The most interesting thing is that, in fact, the Hunchak terrorists were not any “Christians”, since they professed an atheist social-democratic ideology, but essentially became “fighters” of the Armenian church. Those. Even then, nationalism was much more important for the Armenian Church than “Christianity”.
The Armenian Church was supported by all destructive revolutionary forces. As a result, the tsarist government was forced to make concessions to the Armenian Church, i.e. actually capitulate. On August 1, 1905, Tsar Nicholas II signed a decree on the return of confiscated property to the Armenian Church. At the same time, it was allowed to reopen Armenian national schools.
After this defeat, the tsarist government followed one after another. On August 23, 1905, the infamous Portsmouth Peace was concluded with Japan, according to which Russia recognized her defeat in the war and surrendered South Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands to Japan, but most importantly, lost to Port Arthur and essentially refused further expansion in China (which is more Westerners were most afraid of the unfriendly Russia). It was a catastrophic defeat.
Well, on October 17, 1905, the tsar unveiled the Manifesto, which virtually satisfied the main demands of the revolutionaries, limited autocracy and gave power to the State Duma to a large extent, that is, what the Armenian Loris Melikov so persistently sought back in 1881.
The Russian Tsar capitulated three times in 1905:
In front of the Armenian Church
In front of japan
And then before the revolution
After that, the collapse of the Russian monarchy was just a matter of time. The catastrophe occurred in 1917, and it was precisely those structures (in particular, the State Duma) that were created in the “revolutionary” 1905 that played a decisive role.
From this short historical excursion, it is clear what tremendous significance the Armenian Church played and plays as the main inspirer of Armenian nationalists in the history of Russia. It was the Armenian Church that dealt the first blow to the Russian Empire, inflicted its first significant defeat. It was in confrontation with the Armenian Church that the Russian tsar first showed fatal weakness.
After that, the enemies of Russia (and the Japanese, with their Western patrons and revolutionaries) realized that the empire was "giving in". And you can mean to push it further. And they “finished it”.
Moreover, all attempts by the Russian authorities to somehow “tame” the Armenian Church ended in failure. The Armenian church could temporarily flirt with the autocracy in order to ensure the mass resettlement of Armenians in Azerbaijani and Georgian lands, but it was not going to be “grateful”.
The Armenian Church, by virtue of its heretical creed, is inclined towards Russia, and especially Orthodox Russia is initially hostile. It has long been closely working with the Vatican, also hostile to Russia.
But now, after the pro-Western Maidan in Yerevan, the Vatican no longer needs “just cooperation” with the AAC. He needs complete and unconditional submission to the Armenian Church. Therefore, against the AAC hierarchs showing certain independence and “loyalty” to Russia, the company began.
The Armenian Church once played a fatal role in the history of Russia as a tool for its destruction "from within" they decided to use "in a new way." Now, in fact, the “Maidan”, inspired by the West and the Vatican, is taking place in the Armenian church, the outcome of which is obvious - all the more or less loyal Russian hierarchs will be replaced by pro-Western. After that, the "spiritual nourishment" of the numerous Armenian fifth column inside Russia will come under the direct control of the enemies of Russia. As a result, the catastrophe of the beginning of the 20th century with Russia can be repeated, with the only difference that now Russia is much weaker and will not recover from this catastrophe.