The first film of this kind is dedicated to the Ahmad bey Agaoglu, public and political figure, journalist, teacher, who was in the forefront of the fight against Armenian dashnaks
. The 150th anniversary of Agaoglu will be celebrated by order of President Ilham Aliyev in 2019.
Though lacking rights, being generally dispersed, and losing large numbers to Russia, nonetheless two Armenian nationalist groups had arisen, the Hunchak Society and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, better known as the Dashnaks
. To the Turks, both were terrorist groups.
Around 1,130 Turkish soldiers and officers of the Army of Islam were killed in action in Battle of Baku of Caucasus Campaign, who fought alongside the Azerbaijani forces against the Bolsheviks-Armenian Dashnaks
and Baku Soviets in 1918.
(8) These Armenians were targeted as "Dashnaks
" or nationalists.
(28) Armenian nationalism coalesced around two organizations, the Hunchaks, who called for independence, and the Dashnaks
, who emphasized political freedom though not specifically mentioning the word "independence" in their 1892 program; (29) these groups, established in Geneva and Tbilisi, respectively, engaged in assassinations of officials and other terrorist actions against Ottoman authority.
of the Dashnaks
and the Armenian National Congress to run in the race for presidency was nothing but a boycott - one of the most
Especially, the penal court case opened by the Dashnaks
(Armenian National Committee of France) ended by the discharge of Prof.
Moreover, he writes that the Dashnaks
will help the government in the war ("Seferberlikten evvel ve sonra Van vilayeti Ermeni ailelerinden Rusyaya Irana hicret ve firar etmis kimse yoktur.
(64) Laciner claims that "the diaspora Armenians and Dashnaks
(65) (Armenian Revolutionist Federation) just focused on their own interests instead of saving the newly established Armenia." (66) Furthermore, "The Diaspora encouraged more wars to capture the 'lost territories' in Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan.
Similarly, Dadrian mentio ns Armenian revolutionaries, the Huntchaks and the Dashnaks
, some of whom engaged in raids on the Ottoman Bank in the mid-1890s, and he concedes that their numbers were small and that the bulk of Armenians repudiated them.
"At that time, soldiers of the Islamic Army of the Caucasus, along with Azerbaijani soldiers, showed great heroism and freed not only Baku from the occupation, but also stopped further massacre by Bolsheviks and Dashnaks
in Azerbaijan," Huseynov said.
From those locations, the Dashnaks
mounted operations against the Russian Empire, at times with assistance from the Unionists and other Ottomans.