Nerses AshtaraketsiArmenian Catholicos since 1843
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Death date: 13.02.1857
Nerses Ashtaraketsi is one of the outstanding personalities of the national-liberation movement, Armenian Catholicos since 1843.
He was one of the supporters of the Armenians’ pro-Russian orientation in the area of liberation movement.
He founded Nersisyan School in Tiflis in 1824.
In 1826 during the Russian-Persian war he formed Armenian voluntary groups and personally participated in the liberation of Yerevan, Echmiadzin and Sardarapat.
He was awarded Order of St. Alexander Nevsky.
His wish to found a self-governing Armenian state under the patronage of the Russian Empire raised the discontent of Tsar and he left South Caucasus in the result of an intrigue by Paskevich and was appointed the Armenian See Leader in Besarabia.
Being elected Catholicos, he returned to Echmiadzin and was then occupied in educational and building activities.
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