Circassian activists state political obstacles to Circassians' repatriation to Russian Federation

Russian authorities create bureaucratic obstacles for Circassian repatriates from Syria and Turkey; and foreign Circassians have no chance to obtain citizenship under a simplified procedure, activists from Adygea and Kabardino-Balkaria have stated.
The simplified procedure for acquiring Russian citizenship is not accessible for Circassian repatriates from Syria and Turkey because of the political situation, says Valery Khatazhukov, the head of the Kabardino-Balkarian Human Rights Centre (HRC).
"Several years ago, Vladimir Putin declared, in his address to the parliament, that Russian compatriots are those who speak Russian and are carriers of Russian culture. Hence, this is the attitude to Circassian repatriates," Mr Khatazhukov told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.
In Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachay-Cherkessia and Adygea, the Adyg is the state language; however, Circassian returnees have to pass an exam in Russian, which is often impossible, he has stressed.
"The Adyg language, their mother tongue, is the state language; and in these conditions, the knowledge of Russian is not a must for a repatriate. This contradicts the constitutions of our republics and the constitution of Russia, which recognizes these languages as state languages in these republics," Valery Khatazhukov has noted.
"They are coming from Syria, where there is a humanitarian catastrophe; prior to the conflict, from 150 to 200 thousand Circassians lived there. We know for sure that there is such a tacit instruction: Russian embassies and consulates around the world refuse to accept documents from Circassians; no quotes for their return to Russia are allocated. Russia has simply turned its back on them," Valery Khatazhukov has concluded.
This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on December 18, 2018 at 01:19 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.
Author: Anna GritsevichSource: CK correspondent

© Caucasian Knot

Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2018 19:53:00 +0000

Original link:

Supreme Court of Kabardino-Balkaria refuses to consider complaint of Circassian activist Topchu

Tarik Topchu was too late to appeal against the abolition of his residence permit, the Supreme Court (SC) of the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic (KBR) has ruled.
The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on August 1, 2018, the KBR's MIA annulled the Tarik Topchu's residence permit in Russia. The case has been considered by the KBR's DC behind closed doors, as the judge has explained that the case file contain some state secrets.
The court found that the deadline for lodging an appeal was missed, said Beslan Khagazhei, an advocate.
Earlier, Mr Topchu said that he was a Circassian activist and journalist. According to his story, in 2007, he began working as a columnist for the edition "CircasianCanada"; three years later he began his cooperation with the ""; and since 2014, he has been publishing his materials in the "İnfoCherkessia".
This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on December 29, 2018 at 02:11 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.
Author: Rustam DjalilovSource: CK correspondent

© Caucasian Knot

Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2018 22:51:00 +0000

Original link:

Circassian activists ask Russian President to expand rights of immigrants from Syria

On December 25, the "International Circassian Organization" sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin with a request to include compatriots from Syria living in Russia in the category of people eligible for simplified obtaining of citizenship.
The Union of Public Associations "International Circassian Organization" (ICO), which includes 16 Circassian organizations in Russia and abroad, appealed to the Russian President on December 25. Activists asked Vladimir Putin to include compatriots from Syria living in Adygea, Kabardino-Balkaria, and Karachay-Cherkessia in the category of persons entitled to get Russian citizenship through a simplified procedure.
Circassian repatriates from Syria and Turkey do not have the opportunity to obtain Russian citizenship through a simplified procedure, the "Caucasian Knot" has been informed by Valery Khatazhukov, the head of the Kabardino-Balkarian Human Rights Centre. He associates the above with the fact that in his address to the parliament, President Putin has described Russian compatriots as those who speak Russian and are carriers of Russian culture.
On December 25 and 26, similar appeals to President Putin were sent by at least other eight Circassian organizations from Adygea, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachay-Cherkessia, Krasnodar Territory, Turkey, Israel, Europe, and the USA.
Asker Sokht, the chair of the public organization "Adyge Khase" in the Krasnodar Territory, noted that since 2012, about 6000 Circassians had moved to Russia from Syria. Of them, about 3000 repatriates stayed in Russia for permanent residence.
Shamsutdin Neguch, the spokesman for the public organization "Adyge Khase" in Adygea, has stated that he does not support the initiative to appeal to President Putin. Shamsutdin Neguch believes the right of ethnic Circassians to get Russian citizenship through a simplified procedure should be consolidated at the legislative level and to achieve that, the activists should appeal to the State Duma.
This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on December 27, 2018 at 12:55 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.
Author: Anna GritsevichSource: CK correspondent

© Caucasian Knot

Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2018 20:23:00 +0000

Original link:

Circassian activist arrested in Kabardino-Balkaria

The court has ruled to detain Oleg Umarov, the head of the "Dobro Cherkesov" (Circassians' Wealth) Charity Foundation, who was detained on suspicion of possessing drugs, for two days, his advocate has informed.
The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that Umarov was detained in the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic (KBR) at night on December 7, after which masked law enforcers broke into Umarov's house, where his wife was at that moment.
The decision to arrest Umarov was made in the evening on December 7. "Oleg Umarov was detained on suspicion of possessing narcotic drugs. We will prove his innocence," advocate Soslan Boriev told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.
Umarov's relatives assert that drugs were planted on him. "At night on December 7, narcotic substances were planted right into his house. It happened at three o'clock in the morning on December 7, when his wife was there," one of Umarov's relatives told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.
In his opinion, the detention can be political. "Accusations of possessing drugs are absurd. Oleg is a serious man; he has opened a foundation that helps low-income families and orphans; he has never been involved in anything illegal," the man has added.
This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on December 8, 2018 at 10:41 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.
Source: CK correspondent

© Caucasian Knot

Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:45:00 +0000

Original link:

Circassian Progress against the agglomeration project between Adygea and Krasnodar region

There are many tactics Moscow can use to destroy non-Russian republics. One of them, the new Circassian Progress organization says in an appeal to the head of the Republic of Adygea . is to form urban agglomerations that include part but not all of the republic and subordinate them to larger and more powerful entities beyond the republic borders.

The appeal signed by the Executive Committee  of the organization and by the chairman Aslan Agirov and sent to Murat Kumpilov last week, stresses that plans to create a Krasnodar agglomeration including three municipalities of the republic “threatens the very statehood of our republic” and must be opposed (

Those pushing for this agglomeration “are pursuing completely obvious goals,” among the most important is giving new powers to those regions which do not rely on subsidies to direct the activities of those which do, something that will work to the advantage of Russian areas in this case and against those of the Adygey (Circassians).

That will lead to the abandonment of some villages and municipalities in the latter in the name of efficiency for the former and for the Russian Federation as a whole, but among the things destroyed in the process will be many sites critical to the history and identity of the Circassian people.

The process may be indirect or even hybrid, but it is nonetheless obviously directed at that end, the appeal says. And those who will suffer will be those who have already suffered more than enough as “the most defenseless part” of the population, the Circassians rather than the ethnic Russians.

 “In We the residents of the republic, in particular Adygs, have long been among the most defenseless part of the population of the Russian Federation. This has been recognized even in law.” In 1996, the republic parliament officially recognized “the genocide of the Adyg (Circassian) people.”

But since that time, things have so been arranged so that Russians dominate the parliament that passed that legislation. Agglomeration will only make that trend more all-embracing.  The appeal calls on the republic head to oppose this process in order to defend the indigenous population against further depradations.

Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2018 14:22:00 +0000

Original link:

Ingush activists treat decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation as political

The decision of the Russian Constitutional Court (CC), which has legitimized today the change of the Ingush-Chechen border, was made "for the sake of bureaucrats," the opponents of the agreement have stated, threatening the authorities with new protests and appeals to international structures.
The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that today the Russian CC has recognized the agreement on the Ingush-Chechen border, signed on October 26 by republic leaders, as compliant with the Constitution of the Russian Federation.
The signing on September 26 by Ramzan Kadyrov and Yunus-Bek Evkurov of the agreement on fixing the Chechen-Ingush border triggered mass protests, the participants of which demanded to bring the border issue to a referendum. On October 30, the Ingush CC found the republic's law on the border with Chechnya to be unconstitutional. Yunus-Bek Evkurov, the head of the republic, sent a request for verification of the agreement to the Russia's CC.
The CC's decision is political and creates a "dangerous precedent", Ruslan Mutsolgov, the head of the Ingush regional branch of the "Yabloko" Party, told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.
"The decision was made to please bureaucrats; it destroys the federal structure of the country ... Because of this decision, all regions may suffer, including Kabardino-Balkaria, Adygea, Stavropol Territory and Dagestan," Mr Mutsolgov has stressed.
According to his story, opponents of the agreement will make use of "all legitimate measures to cancel the decision." "We reserve the right to hold rallies and appeal to international institutions," the head of the Ingush regional branch of the "Yabloko" Party has added.
The court made a "political decision", which will be appealed against at international instances, said Zakri Mamilov, an MP of the National Assembly (Parliament) of Ingushetia.
This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on December 6, 2018 at 02:52 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.
Author: Umar Yovloi, Oleg KrasnovSource: CK correspondents

© Caucasian Knot

Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2018 09:32:00 +0000

Original link:

Circassian organizations in Karachay–Circassia appeal to Putin over ‘discrimination’

Three Circassian and Abaza organisations in the Russian Republic of Karachay–Cherkessia have appealed to President Vladimir Putin over what they say is a disproportionate allocation of power amongst the republic’s ethnic groups.

In an open letter dated 12 November, the Circassian and Abaza activists complained that power in Karachay–Cherkessia at all levels and in all branches of government was in the hands of ethnic Karachay people.

The groups asked Putin to send someone to Karachay–Cherkessia to deal with the ‘distortions in personnel policy’.

A petition launched on Monday calling for Karachay–Cherkessia to be split into two republics along ethnic lines or for Circassians and Abaza areas to be joined to neighbouring Stavropol Krai has so far garnered almost 5,000 signatures.

According to Russia’s 2018 census, Karachays (a Turkic people who speak the Karachay-Balkar language) make up 41% of the republic’s population, while 12% are Cherkess (Circassians), and 8% Abaza, an ethnic group closely related to Circassians. Ethnic Russians account for 32%.

Karachay leaders in the republic, according to the letter, hire mainly other Karachay people, leaving Circassians and Abaza pushed aside from official positions.

Abu-Yusuf Banov, one of the authors of the letter and leader of the Council of Elders of the Circassian People, told OC Media that the same situation can be seen in the media.

Journalist Murat Tlepshev, who is Circassian, told OC Media that public activists have repeatedly tried to build a dialogue with the authorities in Karachay–Cherkessia to eliminate discrimination, but failed to reach agreements.

This, he said, led them to appeal directly to the federal authorities.

‘Balanced representation’

According to Banov for some time there was a balanced representation of indigenous peoples in power structures in the republic after the ‘fraud’ of the 1999 election for the head of Karachay–Cherkessia led to ‘an inter-ethnic conflict almost breaking out’.

According to him, after the intervention of the federal authorities, a compromise was reached in which the position of head of Karachay–Cherkessia was ‘unofficially fixed’ to the Karachay people, the position of chair of the National Assembly (parliament) was ‘recognised as an [ethnic] Russian position’, and Chair of the Government was ‘supposed to be occupied by a Circassian’.

According to Banov, the agreement ‘soon started to be violated’, and in 2015 the topic of ‘discrimination based on nationality’ was again raised by public figures and leaders of the national movements of Circassians and Abaza, and the situation has now become aggravated again.

Dzhanibek Kuzhev, chair of the Abaza Interregional Public Organisation Adgylara told OC Media that the authorities are campaigning against Abaza Khazret Nirov, head of the Russian Federal Tax Service Administration for Karachay–Cherkessia. According to him, they are trying to remove him from this position in order to place a Karachay Rasul Tekeyev in his place.

‘Abaza traditionally occupied prominent positions in the power structures of Karachay–Cherkessia. But, apparently, the current republican government did not like this state of affairs’, Kuzhev said.

He suggested that in response to the current discontent of the Abaza and Circassian activists, the Karachay government might try to set the two peoples against each other.

Impoverishment and outflow of population

According to Banov, Circassians and Abazins are not only not represented in power structures, but are also deprived of the opportunity to fully support themselves and their families.

He said that non-Karakay farmers are denied subsidies, and areas where other indigenous peoples (Circassians, Abazins, and Nogays) live are poorer than those with majority Karachai populations.

Journalist Murat Tlepshev told OC Media that young Circassians and Abaza have become disillusioned with the difficulty in finding decent employment in Karachay–Cherkessia.

Campaign against Temrezov?

A source in the city administration of Cherkessk, the capital of Karachay–Cherkessia, told OC Media that he believed this latest move by Circassian and Abaza public figures is a continuation of a campaign against the head of the republic, Rashid Temrezov, which he claimed was launched six months ago.

According to him,  the initiators of the campaign were Karachay public organisations that ‘said that in the issue of personnel Temrezov infringes upon the interests of Karachay’ and demanded Temrezov’s resignation ‘allegedly because he appointed Abaza Murat Ozov to the position of the head of his administration’.

He said Temrezov would likely be replaced in the near future with someone from another Karachay clan, and that the current discontent of the Circassians and the Abaza was being manipulated in order to attack Temrezov.

Date: Sun, 02 Dec 2018 14:27:00 +0000

Original link:

Circassian repatriates' house to be repaired from sale of calendars

Activists from Kabardino-Balkaria hold an annual charity event for the sale of the Circassian calendars for 2019. The organizers decided to spend the proceeds on repairing the house of a Syrian repatriates.
The idea of such a charity event was born 4 years ago to help compatriots who came from Syria, and since then, sales of calendars have been held annually, the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent was informed by Ratmir Karov, an activist of the NGO "Circassian Renaissance".
"Every year a certain group of people receive help. I communicate with repatriates every day and I know who face certain problems. This year, a family from a village will receive assistance. The money will be spent on papers for citizenship and repair work in their house. If some funds remain, we will also help other repatriates," said Ratmir Karov.
This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on November 24, 2018 at 05:48 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.
Author: Gor AleksanyanSource: CK correspondent

© Caucasian Knot

Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2018 20:16:00 +0000

Original link:

Authorities wants to deprive the Russian citizenship of Circassian-repatriate Moamer Koblev

An appeal of a Circassian repatriate from Turkey, a resident of Sochi, Muamer Koblev, will be considered in the Krasnodar Regional Court on December 6 at 12.10. He filed an appeal in connection with the disagreement with the decision of the Central District Court of Sochi on depriving him of his Russian citizenship.

As the Circassian activist, the respected Elder Ruslan Gvashev, explained in his page in Facebook that Muamer Koblev was officially accused of being allegedly registered 20 years ago and living in another place. In fact, I am sure Gvashev said, Koblev was convicted of his friendship with me and in general “for his civic position on many issues relating to the Circassians.”

Koblev is married to a local Circassian, has three children, also reports Ruslan Gvashev. And then he sums up: “I hope he will not be alone at the trial.”

Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2018 21:18:00 +0000

Original link:

New public organization “Circassian Progress” starts working in Adygea

Already - without registration - a new social movement, created in Adygea and called the “Circassian progress”, is starting its activity. The law allows for registration when members of the organization need it, the initiators explain.

According to them, the need to create an organization is dictated by the fact that not only Circassians, but also other peoples have more national problems in the Russian Federation, which means there should be more and more public associations that could make a block to solve these problems.

The founding conference of the Adygean Republican Public Movement  "Circassian Progress" was held a week ago. The Charter of the organization was adopted, the list of founders was designated, members of the executive committee were elected. Aslan Agirov became chairman, Asker Bzhetsov became vice chairman, and Ali Bgana was elected auditor.

Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2018 21:12:00 +0000

Original link:

Activist Adam Medaliev beaten up in Kabardino-Balkaria

Three masked men have attacked Adam Medaliev at his land plot in the village of Nartan and beat up the activist. The attack had to do with his social activeness, as Medaliev defends at court the rights of Nartan villagers to land, Ibragim Yaganov, an activist, believes.
The attack on Medaliev was committed today around 4:00 p.m. Moscow time; after the attack, unidentified persons disappeared.
Mr Yaganov, who is Medaliev's colleague, associates the attack with the conflict over the land in Nartan and his activities, as Adam has long been defending villagers' rights to the land at the Arbitration Court of the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic (KBR).
"Adam Medaliev is an honest and decent person, not at all a conflicting one. Definitely, the today's attack was committed by his opponents on the land issue," Ibragim Yaganov told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.
The "Caucasian Knot" has reported about other attacks on activists, who demanded, in different KBR villages, to transfer land plots to local residents. Thus, in October 2016, Murat Kishev, a resident of the village of Verkhny Akbash, was injured – along with a group of his fellow villagers he demanded to provide them with land that had been exploited by a local enterprise for many years.
This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on November 7, 2018 at 07:36 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.
Author: Lyudmila MaratovaSource: CK correspondent

© Caucasian Knot

Date: Fri, 09 Nov 2018 18:28:00 +0000

Original link:

In Krasnodar, activist holds solo picket against torture in detention

On November 4, in Krasnodar, activist Alexei Nikitin came out for a picket. In his hands, he was holding a poster reading: "Stop torturing people."
The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on March 26, 2017, in Krasnodar, Alexei Nikitin was detained at an anticorruption rally for violating the rules for participating in a public rally, and he was arrested on the same day. Alexei Nikitin served his sentence in a special detention centre, where his health deteriorated. He stated that such conditions of detention violated the Constitution and Article 3 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, prohibiting torture. The Krasnodar Territorial Court supported the activist's arguments and decided to collect 3000 roubles from the Treasury to compensate for "torture conditions."
Alexei Nikitin held a solo picket in Krasnaya Street in front of the building of the Krasnodar Territorial Administration. In his hands, the activist was holding a poster reading: "Stop torturing people."
According to Alexei Nikitin, he has got a decision of the Krasnodar Territorial Court stating that "the administratively arrested residents of Krasnodar were being held in torture conditions." "But the police do not close the special detention centre, do not plan to close it and do nothing in connection with all that. I repeatedly appealed in written to the appropriate authorities, but no results followed. I decided to draw public attention to the problem. Perhaps, then they will close the special detention centre," said Alexei Nikitin.
This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on November 4, 2018 at 10:25 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.
Author: Alena SadovskayaSource: CK correspondent

© Caucasian Knot

Date: Mon, 05 Nov 2018 18:33:00 +0000

Original link:

A Circassian journalist starts a lawsuit with law enforcers in Kabardino-Balkaria

Tariq Topçu, a student of the Kabardino-Balkarian State University (KBSU), a citizen of Turkey and Germany of Circassian origin, has complained that his permission to temporarily reside in Russia had been annulled.
Tariq Topçu notes that he explores the Circassian issues and is engaged in journalistic activities. "It is possible that could only be the cause, since I cannot explain other reasons," said Tariq Topçu.
"The decision of the police was a complete surprise for me, since I always distanced myself from violence. I have always been far from separatism and extremism," emphasized Tariq Topçu.
According to him, he challenged the decision in court.
The activist explained that in December 2016, he sent documents to be enlisted to the Philological Faculty of the KBSU.
"I received an invitation, and in May 2017, I arrived with a student visa. I planned to stay at the university to teach German," Tariq Topçu wrote on Facebook.
This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on October 29, 2018 at 05:26 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Date: Thu, 01 Nov 2018 18:30:00 +0000

Original link:

TV series episode with Circassian woman triggers protests among Caucasian Diasporas in Turkey

The natives of Northern Caucasus living in Turkey found the phrase about the Circassian woman in the "One Hope" TV series as offensive and demanded, at a rally, to stop further show of the serial.
The episode, which was considered offensive by natives of the Caucasus, was shown in the second film of the serial. In relation to a girl presented as a Circassian, a phrase was pronounced meaning an entry into extramarital relations and an unlawful birth of a child, Ali Viskhadjiev, the head of the Chechen Diaspora in Istanbul, told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.
On October 21, representatives of about 40 organizations of immigrants from Northern Caucasus held a protest rally at the building of the "TV Channel D", demanding a public apology. The organizer was the "Platform of Associations of North-Caucasian Organizations of Turkey".
The demonstrators came out with flags of their republics and posters, condemning the actions of the TV channel. The participants chanted: "Circassians are here", "Adygs are here", "Ossetians are here", "Chechens are here", "Kabardians are here", "Dagestanis are here", "We are all together", "We demand apologies". According to the Turkish police, up to three thousand people from Caucasian organizations of Istanbul, Samsun, Izmir and other cities of Turkey took part in the rally, the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent has reported.
This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on October 23, 2018 at 08:45 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.
Author: Magomed TuayevSource: CK correspondent

© Caucasian Knot

Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2018 21:40:00 +0000

Original link:

Meeting of the Heads of Adygea, Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Circassia took place in Maykop

20.10.2018 Delegations from Karachay-Circassia and Kabardino-Balkaria, led by the heads of the republics, visited Adygea with a working visit. Murat Kumpilov warmly welcomed the delegations of the fraternal republics.

In an informal setting, there was a conversation between the Heads of Republic of Adygea Murat Kumpilov, the interim head of the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic Kazbek Kokov and the Head of the Karachay-Circass Republic Rashid Temrezov. Ex-Presidents of Adygea Aslan Dzharimov and Aslan Tkhakushinov, were also invited to the meeting.

Opening the meeting, the Head of Adygea Murat Kumpilov emphasized that all three republics have strong fraternal ties and long-standing partnerships, noting the significant role of the former regional leaders, through whose efforts effective mechanisms of inter-republican cooperation in various fields were created, a reliable basis for expanding interaction in the interests of peoples of Adygea, Karachay-Circassia and Kabardino-Balkaria.

“We are firmly supported by the fact that we are united in the issues of preserving and strengthening social harmony and stability in the North Caucasus. We stand for the cohesion of the peoples of our multinational republics and the whole country. We solve similar problems - it is to ensure economic growth, improve the quality of life of people. And such a community can serve as a guarantee for the successful implementation of our joint projects in the future, ”said Murat Kumpilov.

Rashid Temrezov and Kazbek Kokov expressed confidence that the fraternal regions have significant reserves for expanding cooperation in education and science, culture and sports, economics and lawmaking.

The discussion of specific aspects of interaction took place on the same day in an extended format with the participation of parliamentarians and heads of sectoral ministries.


Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2018 18:15:00 +0000

Original link:

Kabardino-Balkarian activists treat Magas action as unique


The protest action against the change of the Ingush-Chechen border is a unique example of residents' struggle for their rights, while in Kendelen, authorities manage to suppress the parties in conflict, activists from the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic (KBR), who visited Magas, have stated.
The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on September 26, Ramzan Kadyrov and Yunus-Bek Evkurov signed the agreement on securing the border between Chechnya and Ingushetia. Residents of Ingushetia took to mass actions in protest against the transfer of lands.
On October 9, KBR activists visited Ingushetia and spoke to the rally in Magas. In particular, Valery Khatazhukov, the head of the KBR's Human Rights Centre, noted that the entire Northern Caucasus is closely monitoring the events in Ingushetia.
Mr Khatazhukov noted the high self-organization of the Ingush society, its stubbornness in defending its interests, which, in his opinion, should be an example for other republics of Northern Caucasus.
Ibragim Yaganov, a horse breeder, said that he came to Ingushetia to witness a unique event in modern Russia. He noted that in recent years, people's interests were defined by bureaucrats, not elected by people, but appointed from above. "They treat us as an illiterate crowd, which is not able even to elect its leaders. You were the first to show the whole of Russia that people can manage their lives and defend their interests," Mr Yaganov has stated.
In his opinion, the recent events in the KBR's village of Kendelen are an opposite example, when authorities "put people to their place."
This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on October 13, 2018 at 10:51 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.
Author: Lyudmila MaratovaSource: CK correspondent

© Caucasian Knot

Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2018 06:25:00 +0000

Original link:

Viktor Kotlyarov reports threats after publishing a book about Kanzhali battle

Viktor Kotlyarov, an author and publisher of the book "The Battle of Kanzhali: A Look Through the Centuries", has filed a complaint to the Prosecutor's Office about the threats got through the Internet. He also sent a letter to Kabardino-Balkarian leader Kazbek Kokov, in which he called the Kanzhali battle a "litmus test" for the situation with interethnic relations in the republic.
The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that in October, the book "The Battle of Kanzhali: A Look Through the Centuries" was published in Nalchik. The book describes the clash between the Circassians and the forces of Crimean Khan Kaplan-Girey on the Malki River. Viktor Kotlyarov, an author of the book, has noted that the battle is directly related to modern situation, in particular, to the unrest in the village of Kendelen.
On September 18, residents of the Kendelen village did not let participants of the procession organized in memory of the 310th anniversary of the Kanzhali battle to pass through the village. The refusal provoked clashes. Historians mentioned a land dispute as the cause of the conflict in the Kendelen village.
After the publication of the book about the Kanzhali battle, the publisher got a lot of insults and threats through social networks.
"They accuse me of corruption, falsification of history, and incitement of hostility between Balkar and Kabardian nations. Users of social networks call me a 'fascist,' and they propose to execute me," Viktor Kotlyarov reported.
This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on October 16, 2018 at 02:18 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.
Author: Lyudmila MaratovaSource: CK correspondent

© Caucasian Knot

Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:16:00 +0000

Original link:

Recommendations of the International Circassian Conference in Nuremberg

Concluding Remarks and Recommendations of the
First International Circassian Conference

Nuremberg, Germany
September 21st and 22nd 2018

The First International Circassian Conference was held at the Karl-Bröger-Zentrum in Nuremberg, Germany on September 21st and 22nd, 2018 and it was attended by approximately two hundred participants from 14 countries. The program of the conference consisted of 35 scientific presentations as well as entertainment programs. The scientific program covered the following topics: the challenges of preserving the Circassian language; finding solutions to end the Circassians’ suffering in the 21st century; the Russian Occupation in 1864 – the Role of Europe – Solution of the Circassian question; the impact of globalization on the Circassian heritage, culture and tradition; Circassian challenges in the diaspora; the future of Circassians in the motherland and diaspora; the influence of globalization on challenges and solutions of maintaining Circassians in the diaspora.

One of the main objectives of this conference was to bring together Circassian experts and activists from the homeland and other countries to get to know each other, exchange ideas and practice their common role in serving the Circassian cause away from any political and ideological differences. This objective can be achieved by the following:

Building bridges of communication, by establishing collaboration and coordination efforts between Circassian intellectuals across the globe.

Identifying areas of cooperation and connecting with the scientific and educational institutions in the motherland.

Benefiting from the experiences of Circassian experts from across the globe and forming specialized committees to follow up on meetings and conferences.

Encouraging those interested in the Circassian culture to learn more about their history and inspire their children to enroll in Circassian universities, especially in humanities programs, in order to consecrate the connection with the homeland.

Striving to build a coalition to organize the common goals of all Circassian activists and institutions and address their concerns and work collectively to find solutions, which is consistent with globalization and the revolution of knowledge and communication.

Removing barriers that prevent cooperation among those interested in Circassian affairs, and benefit from the experiences of other peoples.

The General Assembly of the First International Circassian Conference calls upon the Russian Government to recognize the Right of Return of all Circassians who live outside North Caucasus. Returning Circassians to their homeland will bring back with them the diversity and economical breadth that will further strengthen the Russian Federation’s economy. Their integration into the societies of the North Caucasus will also enrich the cultural fabric of the entire country. We sincerely believe that any steps to be taken by the Russian Government in facilitating the immediate return of all Circassian compatriots will be in the benefit of the Russian Federation as well as the Circassian people. Therefore, it is time for the Russian Government to fulfill its honorable duty and recognize the right of all Circassians to return to their homeland in the North Caucasus.

The General Assembly of the First International Circassian Conference condemns the unfortunate events that took place in the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria on Sept. 18th and 19th 2018 and resulted in dozens of casualties and the arrest of many, according to reports from the region. The General Assembly calls upon all parties to be mindful of the sensitivity of the circumstances of the region and not to drift behind the suspicious schemes of creating dispersion between various parties. Furthermore, the General Assembly calls on being vigilant of all attempts aimed at destabilizing the region.

Regarding “The Second International Circassian Conference”, the participants agreed on the following:

The Second Conference will be held next year (2019).

The Conference is to be held in Europe. The location and exact date will be determined and announced as soon as possible.

The official language of the Conference will be the Circassian language; however, the participants are welcome to present in any language they wish. Efforts will made to provide simultaneous interpretation to Circassian or Englishfor all talks

Circassian, international and local media outlets should be invited to future conferences.

Forming a Scientific Committee and an Organizing Committee for the Second Conference. The committee members will be announced as soon as the location of the Second Conference is determined.

The following recommendations were adopted by the General Assembly of the First International Circassian Conference:

Creating an international donation apparatus that takes into account the legal challenges related to fundraising in countries of interest. From this premise it follows that maintaining the legal safety of the organization and the donor is of utmost importance to the financial counsel – an objective only feasible via sophisticated cooperation among specialists whose primary task is to diminish, if not entirely prevent, potential legal violations on the part of the organization and the donors. It is worth noting that the CRO is an international establishment that is legally registered and fully capable of accepting memberships and donations.

Promoting a culture of donation among Circassians by implementing marketing strategies aimed at normalizing the concept of monetary philanthropic contribution within the community.

Reaching out to the younger generation not only by the mere call for contribution, but by the proper utilization of connections and the resources at hand so as to sponsor and accommodate the current needs of our youth.

Promoting a relationship of reciprocity between the Circassian organizations and the youth helps to reinforce the positive-sum nature of contributing to the organization.

Sponsoring and starting new businesses and investments in order to employ our qualified candidates and to secure a more stable financial footing for the Circassian organizations.

Creating a reliable, impartial and multi-lingual platform on the internet that contains resource persons and entities, an e-library, news outlet, language lessons and any matters that concern the Circassian world. This platform should connect to existing platforms, e.g. YouTube and other social media outlets, and especially to sites created by Circassians around the world. The common theme should be to respect all peoples and cultures.

Establishing a Circassian digital library that archives all documents, books, documentaries, songs, movies and all other Circassian related works and make them available and accessible to the public without the violation of any copyrights.

Encouraging the public to share all successful stories of people who have learned the Circassian language. These stories can be utilized to motivate the general public to learn the language.

Establish an electronic platform to facilitate communication between participants of the First International Circassian Conference to exchange ideas, build a stronger network and invite Circassian activists and those interested to join. The use of the Circassian language as the official language of the platform is highly recommended.

The general assembly of the First International Circassian Conference

Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2018 16:05:00 +0000

Original link:

Khabib Nurmagomedov v Conor McGregor: Dagestan celebrates win

People in the Russian republic of Dagestan have taken to the streets to celebrate Khabib Nurmagomedov's Ultimate Fighting Championship victory over Conor McGregor.
The Dagestani - who has never lost in his career - beat his Irish opponent in the fourth-round of the Las Vegas mixed martial arts (MMA) fight.
Ugly scenes marred the victory, with a brawl erupting immediately afterwards.
Nurmagomedov is the first Russian citizen to win a UFC title.
Supporters in his home town of Makhachkala, the republic's capital, were jubilant in the moments after the fight.

Presentational white space

Presentational white space

There has been widespread criticism of the scenes following Nurmagomedov's victory.
Former UFC title contender Dan Hardy called for him to be suspended, while his father Abdulmanap reportedly said he would punish his son himself to teach him a lesson for his bad behaviour.
"We must have discipline and order," he told Russian Channel One TV. "In the ring you can do whatever you like. But beyond its bounds things have to be peaceful."
His fighter and his trainer, Nurmagomedov's father was denied a US visa and could not travel to Las Vegas to see his son's win.
However, he was reportedly filmed addressing the crowds after the bout.

Presentational white space

Makhachkala residents however did not seem to care about the controversy swirling around their champion.
Many donned traditional furry Dagestan hats which the fighter himself has made popular.

MMA supporters celebrate in the streets of DagestanImage copyrightREUTERS
MMA supporters celebrate in the streets of DagestanImage copyrightREUTERS

Bordering Chechnya to the west and the Caspian Sea to the east, Dagestan has high levels of violence thanks to separatist, ethnic and Islamist tensions.
The republic is famed for its ethnic and linguistic diversity, being home to more than 30 languages, while several dozen Muslim peoples have settled among the high valleys over the centuries.

Presentational grey line

Dagestan jubilant

By Sandro Vetsko, BBC Monitoring
In Dagestan, there is jubilation.
"Hurray, Russia, our spirit is undefeatable!" veteran Dagestani politician Ramazan Abdulatipov wrote on Instagram.
"Well done Khabib, he withstood all the dirty attacks and won like a real man".
But many are worried about possible sanctions after the brawl in Las Vegas.
"America can whip up hysteria as much as it likes, and impose sanctions which will rid Habib of both his money and his career," says a comment on the Forum Dagestan website.
For some in Russia, it is McGregor's behaviour that is a subject for concern.
"Doing things for show and starting scandals is different from winning in the ring. Too much noise, and yet he was defeated," TV host and senior member of the Russian parliament's upper house, Alexei Pushkov, tweeted.
Official Rossiya 1 TV hails the Dagestani fighter as "our Khabib" who "almost literally tore McGregor's head off".
However, not all Russians were proud of Nurmagomedov. "It is Khabib who won, but it is I who feel ashamed," popular blogger Ruslan Usachov tweeted.

Date: Mon, 08 Oct 2018 16:24:00 +0000

Original link:

Historians explain ethnic conflict around Kanjali Battle in Kabardino-Balkaria

The scale and significance of the Kanjali Battle can be a subject of discussion, but the ethnic conflict in the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic has arisen on this ground because of harsh political restrictions, historians believe.
The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on September 18, residents of the village of Kendelen refused to let the participants of the equestrian march organized in honour of the 310th anniversary of the Kanjali Battle through the village. Several people received traumas in clashes with marchers.
The Kanjali Battle that took place in September 1708 is perceived by KBR historians as a major milestone in the Circassians' (Adygs') history. At the same time, a number of historians have questioned its scale and consequences.
The 2013 conclusion of the Centre for Military History of the Institute of Russian History of the Russian Academy of Sciences states that the Kanjali Battle "was of paramount importance in the national history of Kabardians, Balkars and Ossetians," noted Timur Aloev, a senior research fellow at the KBR Institute for Humanitarian Studies.
Alexander Yalbulganov, an expert on military history of the Nogais, has doubted the described scale of the Kanjali Battle.
In the opinion of Vladimir Bobrovnikov, an Orientalist, regardless of its scale, the Kanjali Battle belongs to the sphere of "historical and cultural memory."
Timur Aloev believes that misunderstandings in the evaluation of historical events in Russia are the result of the absence of political freedom.
"The attitude of the federal centre to North-Caucasian republics is purely colonialist ... We can't elect the head of our republic," the historian has pointed out.
This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on September 18, 2018 at 05:53 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.
Author: Rustam DjalilovSource: CK correspondent

© Caucasian Knot



Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:15:00 +0000

Original link:

Circassian organizations ask European parliament to recognize the Circassian genocide (11.10.2006)

Circassian (Adygeyan) public organizations of Russian Federation, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Syria, the USA, Belgium, Canada and Germany have sent the president of the European parliament Mr. Joseph Borrell Fontelles the reference with request for recognition of the genocide against  Circassian (Adygeyan) people within and after the Russian-Circassian war of the XVIII-XIX centuries.

To the President of the European parliament 
Mr. Joseph Borrell Fontelles 

The reference of the Adygeyan (Circassian) organizations to the European parliament

We, Adygs (Circassians) are the aboriginals of the Northwest Caucasus. Our customs, ceremonies, traditions, language, the way of life were developed during the millenia in this territory. Vitality of our traditions is one of the brightest features of our people, and its material and spiritual achievements – the Maykop and the dolmen cultures, the heroic epos «Narts» - are universal heritage of the mankind.

During its formation the Adygeyan (Circassian) ethnos, often becoming an object of aggression, stood for protection of its freedom and independence. The military expansion of the Russian empire initiated in the second half of the XVIII century became for our people a real national tragedy, which consequences affect so far.

During the military actions of that time they carried out: occupation of territories, purposeful deprivation the peaceful population of the basic means of life-support - destruction of gardens and crops, stealing of cattle, burning completely of the peace settlements.

Massacre of the peace population - women, children, and old men - was committed, too.

For the middle of the XIX century any organized resistance of Adygs (Circassians) was broken down. Since 1862 mass violent deportation of the indigenous population was started. Hundreds thousand people, pushed down to the coast of the Black sea, perished because of colds, famine, epidemics.

According to underestimated information of Adolph Berge (1828-1886) - who was considered at that time as the official historian of the Russian-Caucasian war - from among over one million Adygs (Circassians) they lost in the war over 400 thousand people; 497 thousand people were deported; in their historical native land only about 80 thousand people remained. However the troubles of our people had not ended with that.

Huge masses of Adygs-emigrants appeared to be scattered on the extensive territory of the Ottoman empire. Great inflow of the immigrants and impreparation of the Turkish administration to their reception and accommodation caused mass extermination of the people.

In the numerous archival documents there are data of the participants of those tragical events that allow to make the key conclusion: the war the Russian state unleashed in the XVIII - XIX centuries against Adygs (Circassians) in their historical territory is impossible to consider as usual military actions.

Russia had as the main purpose not only capture of the territories, but also utter extermination or eviction of the indigenous people from the historical lands. It is impossible to explain in any other way the reasons for such inhuman cruelty the Russian armies demonstrated in the Northwest Caucasus.

The process of Adygs’ violent deportation - both of separate families, and entire settlements - proceeded till the World War I.

Small groups of Adygs (Circassians) that staid in their historical territories suffered from the policy of the violent cultural assimilation the imperial administration implemented.

The present Russian Federation, having proclaimed the democratic way of its political development for the country actually continues the policy pursued earlier by the Russian state. By the silent approval of the federal center during the last years in Adygeya Republic, as well as across all the Russian Federation, public organizations preaching the ideas of the national-chauvinism actively work.

The final goal of such organizations is carrying out of a referendum on the status of the republic by the principle of the mechanical majority, that is to take advantage of the quantitative superiority appeared as a result of the Russian-Caucasian war (the indigenous Adygeyan population in Adygeya Republic now makes 24 percent).

Today on their ancestors’ lands Adygs (Kabardians, Circassians, Adygs, Shapsugs) - about 700 thousand people - live in 4 subjects of Russian Federation (Kabardino-Balkarian Republic, Karachaevo-Circassian Republic, Adygeya Republic, Krasnodar territory) and now have no more than 20 percent of the territories from the historical lands they had occupied.

Over 3 million representatives of our people live outside the Northwest Caucasus in 50 states. Owing to that artificially created dissociation of the ethnic Adygs (Circassians) they gradually lose their culture and language.

During 142 years after the end of the Russian-Caucasian war Russia repeatedly changed its political system, but the attitude to Adygs (Circassians) remained constant - the violent cultural assimilation of the remained indigenous population in the historical territory and banning on returning for the Adygs (Circassians) expelled from the Northwest Caucasus.

On July 1st, 2005 the Reference to the State Duma of Russian Federation concerning recognition of the genocide against Adygeyan (Circassian) people was submitted. However deputies of the Russian legislature could not have overcome religious and ethnic prejudices, having refused to recognize the moral and the legal responsibility for the brutal acts the Russian state had committed in the past.

According to the Convention on prevention and punishment of genocide adopted by the United Nations Organization (New York, December 9th, 1948) and the Convention on inapplicability of limitation period for war crimes and crimes against humanity of November 26th, 1968

- following the standard principles of equality of all the peoples irrespective of religious and ethnic elements and origin,
- basing on the incontestable historic facts testifying to the extermination and the violent deportation of Adygs (Circassians) from the territory of the Northwest Caucasus,
- proceeding from that Russian Federation is the assignee and the successor of the Russian state,

We ask the European Parliament to consider in comprehensive and objective way our Reference and to recognize the genocide against Adygeyan (Circassian) people, being committed by the Russian state since the end of the XVIII till the beginning of the XX centuries.



Murat Berzegov
Chairman of the republican social movement «Circassian Congress»
Republic of Adygeya, Russian Federation 

Askerbi Namitokov
Chairman of the republican social organization «Nafna»(Khabze)
Republic of Adygeya, Russian Federation 

Ali Tliap
Chairman of Adygyesk City Branch of the republican social movement «Adyghe Khasa»
Republic of Adygeya, Russian Federation

Beslan Makhov
Chairman of the republican social movement «Circassian Congress»
Republic of Karachaevo-Circassia, Russian Federation

Yora Shanibov
Chairman of the republican social movement «Kabardinian Congress»
Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, Russian Federation

Can Kesgin Khurma
Secretary of the organization «Caucasus Forum», 
Istanbul, Turkey

Set Akhmet Ubykh
Chairman of the «United Caucasus» association, 
Samsun, Turkey 

Can Sonmez Shapsug
Chairman of the «United Caucasus» Federation, 
Ankara, Turkey

Mustafa Esinlap
Chairman of the «United Caucasus» association, 
Bursa, Turkey

Fehmi Khuako
Chairman of the «North Caucasian Cultural» association, 
Istanbul, Turkey

Rukhi Shkhaltukh
Chairman of the organization «Friends of the Circassians of Caucasus» 
Amman, Jordan

Nawriz Pshidatok 
Secretary of the «Circassian Forum», 
Amman, Jordan 

Adnan Orkiz
Chairman of the «Circassian Congress» 

Rodin Blangabs
Chairman of the Circassian Association «Nafna» 

Entam Abreg 
Coordinator of the «Circassian Congress» 

Fawaz Der
Secretary of the «Circassian Cultural Institute» 

Zamir Shukov
President of the «World Circassian Brotherhood» 

Kuban Hatukai 
Secretary of the «Circassian Congress» 

Nart Abzakh 
Coordinator of the «Circassian Congress» 

Adel Khakoz 
Secretary of the «Circassian Congress» 

Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:46:00 +0000

Original link:

360 advocates demand to investigate the attack on lawyer Benyash

More than 360 lawyers from different regions of Russia have signed a petition demanding to investigate the beating of Krasnodar lawyer Mikhail Benyash. Vladimir Kolokoltsev, the Minister of Internal Affairs, has promised to clear out the Benyash's case, said Yuri Pilipenko, the head of the Russian Federal Bar Association (FBA).
The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on September 10, Pavel Chikov, the head of the "Agora" Human Rights Group, posted, in his page on the Facebook, an appeal to the FBA, in which he urged the due state authorities to "efficiently investigate the attack on the lawyer Benyash." On September 11, the Amnesty International (AI), a human rights organization, recognized Mikhail Benyash as a prisoner of conscience and demanded his immediate release.
On September 9, in Krasnodar, in the course of an unsanctioned march of opponents of the pension reform, dozens of people were detained, including Mikhail Benyash, who reported that he was beaten after detention. The court placed the lawyer under arrest for 14 days and sentenced him to 40 hours of compulsory works.
"The attack and kidnapping of our colleague are not a single episode, but a daring attack on the corporation of lawyers," says the appeal to the FPA. Its authors also demand to convoke an open sitting of the FBA and of the commission for the protection of lawyers' professional rights.
As of 10:05 p.m. Moscow time, the appeal in defence of Mikhail Benyash was signed by 365 lawyers from different regions of Russia.
During the today's meeting with Vladimir Kolokoltsev, the Russian Interior Minister, Yuri Pilipenko, the FBA President, reported "on the available information about non-observance of the provisions of the law at detention of Mikhail Benyash."
"The Minister of Internal Affairs has promised to clear out the case," said Mr Pilipenko, as quoted by the "Advocatskaya Gazeta".
This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on September 12, 2018 at 10:10 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 09:34:00 +0000

Original link:

“Adyghe Khase - Circassian Council" against «land-absorption” by Krasnodar


According to the website report of Krasnodar Administration, the treaty of creation a Krasnodar agglomeration or economic zone is to be signed by the leadership of Krasnodar region and Republic of Adygea.

Krasnodar and adjacent areas are expected to become members of an agglomeration and also Adygeysk, Takhtamukaysky and Teuchezhsky Districts - from the side of Adygea Republic.

Governor of the Krasnodar region is reported to make a unified decision-making structure - “Krasnodar economic zone Council”, which means that the decision-making process will not be accepted outside the Council. Therefore, the relevant ministries of the Republic of Adygea are going to lose their control function in a given area. Obviously, even after an accession of the government officials from the Republic to the Council, Krasnodar would dominate. It’s a dismantling of the Republic’s power.

The Maykop Organization “Adyghe-Khase - Circassian Council” is against an infringement of the statehood of Republic of Adygea. The Council assures that Circassian people would not support the draft.

By the way, there is no mention of “unified decision-making structure” on the website of Republic of Adygea Government. In our opinion, this fact indicates different parties’ views on prospects of the forthcoming cooperation. Probably, they are afraid of the renewal of the social tension which was caused by an attempt to eliminate the republican status a few years ago. Obviously, they also suggest it could give rise to indignation among the multi-million foreign Circassian diaspora, as well as among fraternal Kabardino-Balkarian and Karachay-Cherkess Republics. There are sufficient instruments and mechanisms for establishing closer cooperation between these regions in Russian Federation. Therefore, we call on the parties to abandon such a dangerous idea and we encourage to start using these instruments more effectively.

The Executive Committee of "Adyghe Khase - Circassian Council"

Maykop, 23. 08. 2018

Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2018 12:05:00 +0000

Original link:

Activists from North Caucasus disappointed from the law on native languages

The State Duma has adopted the law providing for voluntary study of native languages without taking into account the opinion of representatives of national republics, stated activists of the North-Caucasian NGOs. They have promised to seek the repeal of the law.
The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on July 24, delegates of the State Duma approved the bill on national languages and left the compulsory study of native languages to the choice of pupils' parents.
The bill providing for the voluntary study of national languages has outraged people of the republics. They treated the above law as a threat to the culture of their nations. About 90 linguists from European universities called on the Russian government to reject the bill.
According to Valery Khatazhukov, the head for the Human Rights Centre of Kabardino-Balkaria, the main requirement for the authorities was to make the study of native languages compulsory. He is afraid that schools will force parents and children not to learn their native languages.
According to Zaurbiy Chundyshko, the chairman for the Maikop city NGO "Adyge Khase", the voluntary study of native languages will lead to the disappearance of the national culture of nations.
Members of the State Duma are not interested in listening to the opinion of the society, believes Alikhan Khoranov, a blogger from North Ossetia.
Residents of Dagestan also criticized the adoption of the law on native languages. The new training order will encourage some parents to refuse to study national languages in favour of the Russian language, and the federal centre will continue the course on assimilation of small nations, believe residents of Dagestan.
This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on July 27, 2018 at 08:36 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.
Author: Gor AlexanyanSource: CK correspondent

© Caucasian Knot

Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:46:00 +0000

Original link:

Circassian activists against the Imperial Policy of Russia

The Duma’s passage on first reading of the Kremlin’s language bill that would make the study of all languages in Russia except Russian purely voluntary by a vote of 373 to 3 with one abstention has sparked outrage in the non-Russian republics generally and the Circassian  ones in particular as an appalling case of the center’s “purely imperial policy.”

Even before the vote, Kavkazr journalist Larisa Cherkes reports, deputies in the regional parliaments of Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachayevo-Cherkessia and  Adygeya had spoken out against the measure even though they recognized that Moscow doesn’t care what they think ( ‘purely imperial policy’

Aslan Beshto, the head of the Kabardin Congress, says he wasn’t surprised by Moscow’s actions because “they have made it clear that the opinion of society does not affect the deputies much.” He said that now he and other Circassian leaders plan to appeal to the Constitutional Court.

Martin Kochesoko, a Circassian activist from Kabardino-Balkaria says that “Russia has always conducted a policy of assimilating numerically small peoples.” The only thing that has changed, he adds, is that “now it is doing so openly. Today, in the Russian Federation, all the indigenous peoples except for the Russians are losing their languages and uniqueness.”

The Russian federation exists “only on paper,” he continues, but “we Circassians will do everything we can so that our people will live.”

A third Circassian activist, Zaur Zhemukha, says that the Circassians plan, if the Kremlin bill is approved on the third reading, to demand consistency from Moscow and call for the elimination of the requirement for the obligatory study of Russian” given that “Russian is not native for us.”

Despite these words, the Circassian activists both those and others have little hope that they will be able to stop this train.  But they will continue to work, and it appears that one of the most important consequences of this resistance will be continuing meetings among Circassian activists who now live in different republics as a result of Moscow’s divide and rule strategy.

The next such meeting is planned on 26 of June in Nalchik.

Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2018 05:45:00 +0000

Original link: