Kim Kardashian lays flowers at the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex with Kourtney, Mason and Penelope during poignant moment… before snapping selfies with fans

  • The memorial was built in 1967 for the 1.5million Armenians who lost their lives in 1915 during the genocide 
  • Kim first visited the site on April 24, 2015, the 100th anniversary of the deaths
  • The memorial is made up of twelve slabs, which are positioned in a circle and they represent the twelve lost provinces in today’s Turkey
  • An eternal flame is situated in the centre, dedicated to those who lost their lives 
  • The Armenian ancestors are on the Kardashian’s father’s side – his family emigrated to the United States from an area that now lies in Turkey
  • Turkey denies the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians

Kim and Kourtney Kardashian laid flowers at the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex in Tsitsernakaberd, Yerevan on Tuesday. 

The ladies, headed back to their homeland along with two of Kourtney’s children, Mason, nine, and Penelope, seven, to visit the memorial, which was built in 1967 and pay their respects to all those who lost their lives in the Armenian Genocide.

Kim, 38, previously admitted she is ‘saddened’ by the fact ‘not everyone has recognized that 1.5 million people were murdered’ by the Ottoman Empire in 1915. 

Paying their respects: Kim and Kourtney Kardashian laid flowers with Mason and Penelope during a poignant moment at Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex in Yerevan on Tuesday

Paying their respects: Kim and Kourtney Kardashian laid flowers with Mason and Penelope during a poignant moment at Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex in Yerevan on Tuesday 

Thinking of them: The group appeared sombre as they made their arrival to pay their respects to the 1.5milion Armenians who lost their lives in 1915

She first visited the site on April 24, 2015, the 100th anniversary of the deaths, where she lay red roses. 

The memorial is made up of twelve slabs, which are positioned in a circle and they represent the twelve lost provinces in Turkey. 

An eternal flame is situated in the centre, which is dedicated to those who lost their lives.  

The Armenian ancestors are on the Kardashians’ father’s side – his family emigrated to the United States from an area that now lies in Turkey. 

Strike a pose: Kim, 38, later took a selfie with fans as she attended the Armenia Technology Convention in Yerevan

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Strike a pose: Kim, 38, later took a selfie with fans as she attended the Armenia Technology Convention in Yerevan

Making her mark: The television personality also obliged a selfie for a fan outside the memorial

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Making her mark: The television personality also obliged a selfie for a fan outside the memorial 

Important to learn about: No doubt it was hugely important for Kim to bring Kourtney and her children to the memorial so they could also understand what had happened

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Important to learn about: No doubt it was hugely important for Kim to bring Kourtney and her children to the memorial so they could also understand what had happened

Heritage: The Armenian ancestors are on the Kardashian's father's side - his family emigrated to the United States from an area that now lies in Turkey

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Heritage: The Armenian ancestors are on the Kardashian’s father’s side – his family emigrated to the United States from an area that now lies in Turkey

Snapshot: A row of locals and photographers angled their cameras to get a snap of the star

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Snapshot: A row of locals and photographers angled their cameras to get a snap of the star

However, Kim has previously been criticized for using Turkish manufacturers for her SKIMS shapewear collection while also speaking publicly about the genocide. 

‘We saw that you are making some SKIMS products in Turkey. Please consider making them in Armenia which is known for great craftsmanship and service,’ the Armenian National Committee of America suggested to her last month. 

Turkey denies the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians, in what is now Turkey, in 1915 at the height of World War One constitutes genocide and relations with Armenia are still blighted by the dispute.

Roses: Kim clutched a bunch of red roses as she visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex

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Roses: Kim clutched a bunch of red roses as she visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex

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Roses: Kim clutched a bunch of red roses as she visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex 

Documented: Kim and Kourtney's visit was documented by local photographers

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Documented: Kim and Kourtney’s visit was documented by local photographers 

Family: Kim was joined by her nephew Mason, nine, and Penelope, seven

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Family: Kim was joined by her nephew Mason, nine, and Penelope, seven 

Vladimir Putin was roundly condemned by Turkey for calling the mass killings a genocide, with a statement drawing his attention to Russia’s own acts of aggression.   

Kim recently witnessed her three younger children – Saint, three, Chicago, 20 months, and Psalm, four months, get baptised in her family’s ancestral homeland. 

And shewas back to business as she attended the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) convention at the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concert Complex in Yerevan, Armenia, on Tuesday morning.

Escorted: Kim and Kourtney were escorted to the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex

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Escorted: Kim and Kourtney were escorted to the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex

Pay respects: The two sister lay down red roses as their paid their respects

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Bodyguard: Kim was surrounded by her bodyguard

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Pay respects: The two sister lay down red roses as their paid their respects 

All-black: Kim wore all-black to show her respect at the memorial

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All-black: Kim wore all-black to show her respect at the memorial 

The KUWTK star blew kisses at onlookers as she prepared to discuss her beauty empire at the annual event, which is held between Sunday and Wednesday. 

The convention sees the world’s leading academics, technologists and entrepreneurs host sessions on technological advancements, as well as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, cybersecurity and climate change. This year’s event follows the theme The Power of Decentralization: Promise and Peril.

WCIT aims to explore the positive and negative impact of information and communication technology on profits and prosperity, safety and security, democracy and humanity. Kim Kardashian speaks at technology convention in ArmeniaLoaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipMuteCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time1:17FullscreenNeed Text

In memory: Kim held a bouquet of red stem roses to lay on the memorial


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