Before I begin, I must say that I’ve had the notes for this post for a week now. Life can become a bit too hectic when you are running around trying to get your life settled in any country, including your homeland. I’ll have a follow up post on some of those antics later on. TOday, however, is dedicated to Hratch Mouradian, former mayor of the Proshyan village which lies a scant 20 minute marshutka (Russian minibus) ride away from Yerevan’s “Paregamoutyoun” metro station. I must admit, I’ve always been fond of the names of the stations here.
Together we stood before the town hall, a great poster depicting Hratch as a soldier hanging over our heads with his Military Cross and several other medals adorning his side; a poster depicting his life, but never his death. Born in 1963, Hratch was not only a decorated war hero but a very real person, dedicated to improving the lives of the villagers he had been elected to govern, the red flag of the ARF wrapped tightly around his heart. To this day, I have not heard a single protestation against the man, learning instead that he had won the hearts of the young and the old, bereft of discrimination. And so we stood under the rainy sky, allowing our tears to mingle with the weeping of the Heavens, while holding onto flames protected by plastic cups and bottles. There is a call for justice and an entreaty to understand the philosophy of this great man. The struggle for our nation and identity is not bound in time, to be remembered on certain unforgettable and blood-soaked dates, but a daily reality for every Armenian. The words fell on silent souls, demanding that the dream of this exemplary man, where Armenians live on their soil as Armenians proud of who they are, is never forgotten. The crowds were dense and the children crowded the beautiful makeshift pyre of flowers and candles, a bright spot gently providing consolation and comfort to aching hearts broken by cruel hands and gunpowder. And so we sang, starting with “Tajan Grvum” and crossing into a rich repertoire, mournful voices refusing to let the memory of a paragon fade into oblivion.
His dream will live on, the young boys and girls crowded before the town hall testament to that pledge.
The body of Hratch Mouradyan, the head of the Proshian village in the Kotayk region of Armenia was found Tuesday in front the village municipal headquarters by his brother.
Mouradian, a member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation and an Artsakh War hero was reportedly gunned down as he was headed to his job and suffered injuries on his right temple.
Mouradian had an exemplary career from the onset of the Karabakh liberation movement until its end. He was awarded the Military Cross and several medals for his service to his country and heroism on the battlefield in Artsakh.
Police reported that shrapnel from a bullet was recovered from the 50-year-old village leader during preliminary forensic investigation by the medical examiner. To identify the make and caliber of the weapon used to shoot Mouradyan an investigative task force has been assigned by the prosecutor’s office.
The head of Nairi unit of the Armenian Police Force, Arsen Sargsyan told reporters that a criminal investigation was underway.
“At this time, we do not know what type of weapon was used and a criminal investigation has been launched to determine the motive and other facts about Mouradian’s murder,” said Sargsyan, who did not reveal more information to reporters.
The ARF Supreme Council of Armenia issued an announcement, in which it called the killing a “pre-meditated and planned killing.”
“Regardless of who the culprits are, it is evident that the crime occurred in an atmosphere of impunity and lawlessness,” said the Supreme Council announcement.
Mouradian served as the head of the village since 2005 and enjoyed the support and popularity of his villagers, which, according to the ARF Supreme Council of Armenia, had made certain circles unhappy.
The announcement stated that during his tenure, efforts were always made to destabilize his administration of the village.
“In condemning this crime, the ARF demands the quick and complete revelation of the crime and due punishment for those responsible,” said the announcement.