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Aghasi Khanjian

Khanjian in 1934

Aghasi Khanjian, also Aghasi Khanchian or Agasi Khandzhan (Armenian: Աղասի Խանջյան; Russian: Агаси Гевондович Ханджян, Agasi Gevondovich Khandzhyan) (January 30, 1901 – July 6, 1936), was First Secretary of the Communist Party of Armenia from May 1930 to July 1936.[1]

Khanjian was born in the city of Bolshevik underground committee.[2]

In 1920, Khanjian became secretary of the Yerevan city committee and in 1930, the first secretary of the Armenian Communist Party.[2] He proved to be a charismatic Soviet politician and was very popular among the Armenian populace.[1] He was a friend and supporter of many Armenian intellectuals, including Yeghishe Charents (who dedicated a poem to him), Axel Bakunts and Gurgen Mahari.[2] Khanjian also tried unsuccessfully to have Moscow reunite Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia.[3] He was arrested in 1936 and died while being interrogated.[4] Richard G. Hovannisian describes the circumstances of his death as follows:
But by the mid-1930s Khanjian had come into conflict with the most powerful party leader in Transcaucasia, [5]

Along with an entire generation of intellectual Armenian communist leaders (such as Vagarshak Ter-Vaganyan), Khanjian was denounced as an enemy of the people during the Great Purge.[1][6]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Zev Katz, Rosemarie Rogers, Frederic Harned. Handbook of Major Soviet Nationalities, p. 146-7. ISBN 0-02-917090-7
  2. ^ a b c d (Russian) Great Soviet Encyclopedia. Aghasi Khanjian
  3. ^ Armenian History: History of Artsakh, Part 2, Yuri Babayan
  4. ^ Khronos biography.
  5. ^ Richard G. Hovannisian, The Armenian People from Ancient to Modern Times: Foreign Dominion to Statehood (Palgrave Macmillan, 1997: ISBN 0-312-10168-6), p. 362.
  6. ^ Cornell, Svante E. “The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict.” Report no. 46, Department of East European Studies, Uppsala University, 1999.

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