On August 30th 2016 I had quite an unusual experience and I think it is high time for me to finally analyse what has happened and draw the appropriate conclusions. On that day the Russian authorities refused me entry into their country. The border guards at Sheremetyevo, Moscow’s international airport, did not allow me to leave the airport stating that I am not permitted to enter Russia until 2030. My flight, however, was a transit one and late that night I was supposed to be on my way home to Yerevan. Since I had 14 hours to spare before my flight, I was planning to visit one of Moscow's cemeteries, where in October 2014 my father Gevork Grigoryan was buried.
October 5, 2016 - Stepan Grigoryan