Armenian History - Struggle for Freedom
In the end of the 17 th century Armenian princes asked Russian tsar Peter the Great for help. In the 18 th century Russia began the military campaign in Transcaucasia. But the real chance to obtain freedom appeared only in the 19 th century. During the Russian-Persian War East Armenia was freed from Iranian yoke. Under the Turkmanchai Treaty contract of 1828 East Armenia was annexed to Russian Empire. As the result of the Russian-Turkish War of 1877–1878 Russia freed only a part of Western Armenia.