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Historic Soumela Monastery in Pontus Reopens

The historic Panagia Soumela Monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary and located in Trabzon in the Black Sea is to reopen its doors to the public on May 25, 2019 after more than three years of restoration work. The religious...

Pontic Greeks in Thessaloniki Commemorate 100 Years Since Genocide

Hundreds of Pontic Greeks gathered in central Thessaloniki on Wednesday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the genocide perpetrated by the Turks upon their ancestors. The crowd formed a human chain with the letter “G”, for Genocide, and later formed the...

May 19: Remembering the Pontic-Greek Genocide 1913-1922

On Feb. 24, 1994, the Greek parliament voted unanimously in favor of recognizing the Pontian Genocide and instituted May 19 as a Remembrance Day. The history of the Pontic Greeks goes as far back as Ancient Greece. After the fall of...

New Paper Examines Pontic Roots of Ireland

A new study that looked into the origins of the Irish race revealed that the people who migrated to the land that would become Ireland potentially came from the Near East and Southern Europe, including the Pontic Steppe. The report was conducted...

Golden Dawn MP Reportedly Attacked During Pontic Protest in Thessaloniki

The second Pontic protest within the past five days saw another altercation involving Greek politicians, as protesters demanded that Golden Dawn representatives leave, the protest turned violent. Golden Dawn MP Christos Chatzisavvas and Golden Dawn's city council member Artemios Matthaipopoulos were reportedly attacked...

New Democracy MP Attacked During Pontic Protest in Athens

A protest against the government's attitude toward the Pontic community was marred by an attack on New Democracy MP Giorgos Koumoutsakos. A group of people that had been attached to the Pontian and other protesters outside the Greek parliament suddenly attacked the Greek MP. The Panpontic Federation...

Greek-Russian Astronaut Ready for Take Off

Many Greeks around the world will never forget the moment when Yurchikhin, the first cosmonaut of Greek descent, brought on 8 January 2003 to the then president of the Hellenic Republic, the Greek  flag he had with him on...