Members of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, commonly known as Dashnaks, often visit the grave of Manukyan, who has no direct descendants, but Hakobyan believes that considerable ambiguity exists among the party over Kajaznuni’s eventual acceptance of Soviet rule.
The Armenian Revolutionary Federation does not accept this claim.
For now, two central Yerevan streets named for Manukyan and Kajaznuni are the clearest public testaments to their roles. The Yerevan city government last year announced plans to build a statue of Manukyan, but no such plans have been announced for Kajaznuni; much to his family’s chagrin.
Spokesperson Artashes Shahbazyan blamed the lack of public interest in the First Republic on the Soviet Union labeling its officials as traitors and unsuccessful adventurers.
He agrees that more needs to be done to remember the First Republic. “The problem comes from the educational field. There is not enough information on the First Republic’s history neither in school, nor in university programs.”
Given that Education Minister Levon Mkrtchyan is a Dashnak, conceivably, that may change.
The party intends “to speak more about the First Republic figures, the phenomenon of statehood and its importance nowadays,” Shahbazyan says. The plans include TV shows, documentaries, debates and public lectures.