YEREVAN (Yerkir)–The 100th anniversary of Armenian Revolutionary Federation co-founder Kristapor Mikaelian’s tragic death will be marked on March 10-11 in Bulgaria’s capital of Sofia–the ARF press services reported on Wednesday.
One of the Armenian revolutionary movement’s most influential figures–Mikaelian was killed on Bulgaria’s Mount Vitosh–along with his friend Vramshapuh Kentirian–while testing a bomb intended to be used during an assassination plot against Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II–the man who spearheaded the massacres of the 1890s–which claimed the lives of up to 300,000 Armenia’s.
One hundred ARF members from around the world have arrived in Bulgaria to not only participate in the memorial events dedicated to Mikaelian. At the same time–representatives of ARF youth and student organizations convened their annual conference in Sophia on March 8–to coincide with ceremonies honoring Mikaelian.
Twenty seven youth from throughout thirteen countries–including Armenia–Canada–France–Greece–Iran–Lebanon–Syria–and the United States have begun their meetings–and plan to visit Mikaelian’s grave to renew their oaths to the organization.