On May 30, the delegation led by the Mayor of Rostov-On-Don, Alexey Logvinenko, visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial, accompanied by the Deputy Mayor of Yerevan, Stepan Machyan, and the heads of three factions of the Council of Elders.
The guests were welcomed by the Edita Gzoyan, AGMI Deputy Director for Scientific Work, who presented the history of the creation of the Memorial. He then presented the story of the three khachkars placed at Tsitsernakaberd in memory of the Armenians who died in the massacres organized by the Azerbaijani government in the cities of Sumgait, Kirovabad (Gandzak) and Baku at the end of the 20th century, as well as the stories of the five freedom fighters buried in front of Hushapat during the Artsakh struggle of survival—these components of the Memorial emphasize the connection between the Armenian Genocide and contemporary acts of persecution and violence against Armenians.
Alexey Logvinenko laid a wreath at the Genocide monument, after which the guests put flowers at the Eternal Fire and observed a minute’s silence in memory of the innocent martyrs of the Armenian Genocide.
The guests then toured the Armenian Genocide Museum. Having been accompanied by AGMI guide Janna Melkonyan, they became acquainted with the permanent and temporary exhibitions, after which Mr. Logvinenko left a note in the Memory Book for Honorable Guests.