YEREVAN—On Thurs., Nov. 20, the remains of General Sebouh (Arshak Nersesian), a prominent leader of the Armenian liberation movement in the late 19th and 20th centuries, were ceremonially buried in Yerevan’s military cemetery at Yerablur.
General Sebouh (1872-40) was a renowned commander and leader of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) and fought against the Turkish Republic. As leader of the ARF and head of the Dashnaktsakan formation, he took part in the decisive battle of Sardarabad and later went on to help the Armenians besieged in Baku. In 1919, General Sebouh was elected to the parliament in the short-lived First Republic of Armenia (1918-20).
General Sebouh was also known for driving the Bolsheviks out of Armenia (May 1920), albeit temporarily, and crushing the Alexandropol Soviet. He left Armenia when the Bolsheviks eventually took over the country, immigrating to the United States. General Sebouh’s last wish was to be cremated and buried in Armenia whenever it became possible.
Attending the ceremony at the Pantheon in Yerevan was Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian. General Sebouh’s ashes were repatriated through the efforts of the Defense Ministry, as well as members of the Nersesian family. The burial took place as part of a series of events dedicated to the approaching Centennial of the 1915 Armenian Genocide.