Necklace "Zoravar Andranik"

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Andranik Ozanian, commonly known as Andranik (25 February 1865 – 31 August 1927)[was an Armenian military commander and statesman, the best known fedayiand a key figure of the Armenian national liberation movement.He became active in an armed struggle against the Ottoman government and Kurdish irregulars in the late 1880s.
Aghbiur Serob, the main leader of the fedayi in the 1890s, was killed in 1899 by a Kurdish chieftain, Bushare Khalil Bey.Months later, Bey committed further atrocities against the Armenians by killing a priest, two young men and 25 women and children in Sasun's village of TalvorikAndranik replaced Serob as the head of the Armenian irregular forces "with 38 villages under his command" in the Mush-Sasun region of Western Armenia,where a "warlike semi-independent Armenian peasantry" lived.Andranik sought to kill Bey; he captured and reportedly decapitated the chieftain, and took the medal given to Bey by Sultan Abdul Hamid II.][Andranik thus earned an undisputed authority among his fedayi.
He joined the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktustyun) party and, along with other fedayi, sought to defend the Armenian peasantry living in Western Armenia at the time part of the Ottoman Empire. His revolutionary activities ceased and he left the Ottoman Empire after the unsuccessful uprising in Sasun in 1904. In 1907, Andranik left Dashnaktustyun because he disapproved of its cooperation with the Young Turks, a party which years later perpetrated the Armenian Genocide. Between 1912 and 1913, together with Garegin Nzhdeh, Andranik led a few hundred Armenian volunteers within the Bulgarian army against the Ottomans during the First Balkan War.
From the early stages of World War I, Andranik commanded the first Armenian volunteer battalion and led them within the Russian Imperial army against the Ottoman Empire. Andranik left Armenia in 1919 due to disagreements with the Armenian government and spent his last years of life in Europe and the United States seeking relief for Armenian refugees.
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