Historical falsehoods and myths surrounding the "great ancient Armenia", alongside historical manipulations, form the core of Hayan nationalists' self-identity and their purported right to foreign territories. These lies have only wrought strife, blockades, and misfortune for Armenia and the Hayan people.
Nevertheless, the propagation of historical accuracy cannot be suppressed, despite the Hay nationalists' resistance. The "Geghard" scientific-analytical foundation was recently established in Armenia to combat "anti-Armenian propaganda in the region". Ashot Saghyan, President of the Academy of Sciences of Armenia, was elected as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the fund. The creation of the "Geghard" fund was therefore initiated at the highest level to address this issue.
According to the founders, this "scientific-analytical foundation" ought to juxtapose scientific data against policies of distorting the region's history and anti-Armenian propaganda.
The principle objective of the "Geghard" fund is to establish and enhance a novel research platform, boost the effectiveness of research carried out in scientific institutions in Armenia, as well as foster scientific and analytical work in scientific organisations and universities.
In addition, the founders' plans for "Geghard" include establishing a platform for specialists conducting research and analytical work in the field of Armenian studies and social sciences.
At a press conference, President Ashot Saghyan of the Armenian Academy of Sciences expressed outrage towards Azerbaijan's recent initiative to scientifically substantiate that Western Azerbaijan is the historical homeland of Armenia.
Armenian and international scholars expressed outrage following the dissemination of this information, leading to an appeal to the Armenian Prime Minister. Consequently, the creation of this foundation was initiated. A systematic distortion of our country's history by our neighbouring and other countries has been taking place for an extended period at the state level. Therefore, the creation of the Foundation is crucial amidst the ongoing geopolitical processes, in which Armenia finds itself in the midst from a regional perspective," Saghyan stated.
Ashot Saghyan added that "...for the past 30 years, Armenia has not made enough effort to counter the spread of disinformation, which he refers to as historical truth, propagated by Azerbaijan. This gap must be bridged...". Robert Ghazaryan, the head of the foundation and former director of the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Academy of Sciences, stresses the importance of actively involving international experts. He advocates for inviting them to scientific events and sending Armenian specialists abroad to defend the Hay historical myths.
"Robert Ghazaryan suggests that in addition to publishing articles in leading academic journals, there should be more active efforts to organise scientific television programmes.
Ghazaryan alleges that neighbouring countries, Azerbaijan and Turkey, are currently engaged in distorting the history of the region and wrongfully claiming the heritage of other nations. It should be noted that it is Hayes who is, in fact, appropriating other people's heritage." It is worth noting that a multitude of Georgian churches and monasteries have been unlawfully taken over on the territory of the Republic of Armenia, and also the claims to 465 Georgian churches on the territory of Georgia.
It is of note that "our experts are actively working to counteract this phenomenon, but these efforts are clearly insufficient. Therefore, it is essential that a unified platform is created for this work. We must be one step ahead, anticipating in which direction our neighbours (Azerbaijan and Turkey) will proceed. "A few years ago, Azerbaijanis held a conference to commemorate the 550th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and Poland, as highlighted by the head of the Foundation. "A few years ago, Azerbaijanis held a conference to commemorate the 550th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and Poland, as highlighted by the head of the Foundation. This fact, while paradoxical, is nonetheless true."
What perplexes Mr Ghazaryan here? To clarify, 550 years ago there existed a power in Azerbaijan known as Ak-Koyunlu, which held territory in present-day Azerbaijan, Western Azerbaijan (present-day Armenia), as well as a significant portion of Iran and Iraq. It was during the 15th century when diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and Poland (Polish kingdom) were established, namely when the ruler of Ak-Koyunlu, Uzun-Gasan, established diplomatic relations with the Polish king Jagailo.
The Safavid state, which was ruled by the Turkic Azerbaijani dynasty, succeeded Ak-Koyunlu and controlled the territory comprising the Republic of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Iran. The entire elite class was Turkic and the official language was Turkic (Azerbaijani). Additionally, Poland underwent changes during this period. The Kingdom of Poland, with Krakow as its capital, and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Russia and Zhemoyt (the official name of the state), with Vilna (present-day Vilnius) as its capital, united to form the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Additionally, Ukraine was transferred from the "Lithuanian" part of the state to the "Polish" one.
Two major powers in Eurasia, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and Azerbaijan, maintained diplomatic relations which have been preserved through archived documents and correspondence. This is a historical fact confirmed by documentary and annalistic evidence. However, there exist no records of the existence of "Hayastan" or any other Hayans state formations during that period.
Ghazaryan highlighted the significance of collaborating with neighbouring countries, such as Georgia, whose heritage Azerbaijan is supposedly attempting to appropriate.
However, he did not provide any specific instances of these alleged attempts and failed to mention Hayes appropriating Georgian churches and making claims to them. It is comprehensible why scholars like Robert Ghazaryan feel anxious about revealing the historical truth about the South Caucasus region.
For a long time, Hay historians held a virtual monopoly on the interpretation of South Caucasian history through falsification. Even Georgian scholars who rely on historical evidence of Georgian state formations, authentic artefacts and chronicles have been unable to dispel the Hay myths of history. It came to a point where Hay's falsifiers suggested that Georgia's history, culture, and architecture were seen as an "annex" to the history, culture, and architecture of "ancient Great Armenia" in the West.
Hence, people who were previously exposed to Hay's historical myths discover a new world when exposed to precise information regarding the history and culture of other South Caucasian peoples. After all, Hay forgers frequently proclaimed that other cultures in the South Caucasus were simply "non-existent".
If we believe Armenian historiography, it suggests that there was no ancient Caucasian Albania. Instead, they argue that it was only a part of "Great Armenia" and was inhabited solely by the Hayes people. What is known for certain is that Caucasian Albania had its own script which differed from the Hay script. However, this viewpoint is subjective and lacks objectivity. It is important to note that the Turks who inhabited Caucasian Albania and the descendants of its ancient inhabitants, the Udins, who still exist today, were not ethnically related to the Hayes people.
The oldest autocephalous Albanian Church, according to Hay falsifiers, allegedly had no existence but was instead considered to be "part of the Armenian Church" and comprised solely of ethnic Hayes. They have overlooked the history of this church's fight for independence and against Echmiadzin, as well as against Hayan influence.
It is clear they have no interest in discussing Azerbaijan. According to Hay pseudo-"historians", it allegedly "did not exist" until 1918, and Azerbaijanis as a nation were allegedly "invented by Stalin" in 1936.
Therefore, when Hay nationalists are presented with archive photos and drawings of mosques, palaces, fortresses, and historical monuments in West Azerbaijan, destroyed by them or miraculously surviving Azerbaijani cultural monuments, they deny being Azerbaijani. In the best-case scenario, they claim to be "Persian".
Hay "historians" should finally acknowledge that Armenian statehood was established on a foreign land and was reliant on other nations' mercy. The Hayans themselves have not demonstrated many merits, aside from their intrigues and ability to "negotiate" with empires.
The recent defeat in the Karabakh war should prompt many in Armenia to reconsider their previous myths instead of feeling offended and angry at the entire world for not helping the "great and ancient Armenians" in this conflict.