An international conference entitled Hidden Nations

An international conference entitled Hidden Nations, Enduring Crimes: The Circassians and the Peoples of the North Caucasus Between Past and Future was held in Tbilisi on 20-21 March 2010. The conference was organized by the Jamestown Foundation and the International School of Caucasus Studies at Ilia State University.

Activists from the North Caucasian Diaspora and well-known academics, including Professor Norman Stone, Moshe Gammer and Marie Bennigsen, took part in the conference.

The participants addressed historical events as well as current developments related to the region.

At the end of the conference, the Circassian and the Chechen and Ingush delegations signed an appeal to the Parliament of Georgia and parliaments of other countries of the world asking them to recognize as genocide the actions carried out by the Russian state with regard to the North Caucasian peoples in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Circassian resolution also contains an appeal to recognize the town of Sochi as the place and a symbol of the Circassian genocide thus preventing the 2014 Winter Olympics from being held there.

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Russian Occupation Is The Real Enemy

Russian Occupation Is The Real Enemy

Puppet President of Kabardino – Balakaria Republic, Kanokov himself is a Russian agent, and particularly an agent to the FSB and the associate underground federal services gangsters.


The way Kaderov, the father was. He was the Mufti (undercover) of “independent Chechnya” who worked for Russian FSB, and he had eventually had to appear in the public eye, after he was for long an undercover agent and spy, but only when the Russians needed him to be the head of the puppet government that is designated by the Russian imperial authorities, which made Kaderov Junior to follow his father’s foot-steps and thoughts.


All the crimes carried out by the Kaderovists in Chechnya, Ingushetia, KBR, Moscow and even in the European capitals, are well known and even done in coordination with (the master-minds) those who facilitated and organized the murder and assassination, and who got connections with those who created the problems and still, within the same peoples and nations, to create effects according to “divide and conquer”!


Even if Kanokov and his gangsters know that the Russians would not appreciate or support what they usually do and they have already done, they wouldn’t dare to do.  


In criminal investigations to know the real criminal, it goes by finding out who is benefiting from the crime to know who committed the crime.


Even if Kanokov and his gangsters have no other way but to admit their guilt, they wouldn’t dare to say who is behind them.


Look at the so-called elections of the CIA, that appeared as a circus, and it was obvious that Kanokov and his gangsters had carried out and accomplished their mission and the conspiracy of doing all what they could to implement the Russian government’s policy and agenda. Also they made their best to marginalize the Circassian youth movement during the eighth conference in Maykop, during the month of October, because its agenda was of a Circassian national one.


That is why Russia had worked to get the CIA headquarters imprisoned and isolated in Nalchik, in order to dictate what is good for Russia that harms Circassians and their national identity.


I am sure that due to the fact that 10% of Circassians are living in Motherland under the rule of the Russian colonial and imperial authorities, they have to deal with them as the local authorities that implement their so-called “rule of law”, but in the back of Circassians’ minds and with wider scope and horizons, they have to have the real vision, and the detailed picture. 


Circassians should not be naive, and they have to pinpoint the real issues that need to be dealt with!


What is going on at present time in Motherland between Circassians from one side and Balkar and Karachay on the other one is not in any way a problem between these ethnic groups but a Russian policy to make gaps and even cracks in the historical and solid links and connections between them?


Circassians, Balkar and Karachay had defended their common interests together against the Russian invasion and later on occupation, who had personal relations between individuals and families, which no one can deny or ignore, and all of these ethnicities and others were victims of Russian genocide, and they had to be together at the Russian deportation lists!


Look at all of those Diaspora deportees! Who are they? Where they came from? What they are up to?


Simple answers for those questions: They are victims of Russian crimes and genocide, they all came from the country of Circassia in particular and the North Caucasus in general, and they are disseminating in the global community away from Motherland, but there is an awareness that all of those ethnicities to work together for restoring freedom of self-determination and independence in accordance with the international law and the United Nations Charter and regulations of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


The same evil power that is behind what has happened in Nalchik on the 30th of November, is the same associated devil that cultivates incitement and division among the Circassians and their fellow citizens, and logic states that misunderstanding and variation should not be developed like a snow-ball, but on the contrary, the wise and intellectual people should have wider horizons to look into the problems created by the occupation because conflicts will make everyone gets a share of loss “God forbid”.


The enemy and the main problem for all is the Russian occupation.


Those victims who were targeted to terrorize Circassians through this cowardly act are the Circassian heroes of the 21st Century, and “One crowded hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name”.


“None are so blind or so deaf, as those who will not see or hear”.


Work with the Russian occupiers is the root of all evils and disasters.


Unity is strength, and truth will prevail.



1st of December, 2009


Justice For North Caucasus Group

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Russian Journalist Anna Politkovskaya to Help in Hostage Negotiations in Moscow

Russian Journalist Anna Politkovskaya to Help in Hostage Negotiations in Moscow

Los Angeles, California, October 24, 2002 — Anna Politkovskaya, a journalist with the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta who was scheduled to receive a Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation during ceremonies in Los Angeles tonight, has flown home to help in negotiations with Chechen rebels who are holding up to 700 people hostage in a Moscow theater.
Politkovskaya received word late on October 23 that the rebels had asked her to participate in negotiations. She left Los Angeles on the early morning of October 24. The following message was read by John Puerner, publisher of the Los Angeles Times, during the awards ceremonies.
Message from Anna Politkovskaya, IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards, Los Angeles, California, October 24, 2002:
October 24, 2002; Los Angeles, 4:10 a.m
“Dear friends! I want to thank you once again. It is a great honor for me to receive the Courage in Journalism Award.
However – and I think you will agree with me – it is an even greater honor for me to respond when Destiny offers the opportunity to help people when a crisis strikes.
There’s a big tragedy unfolding in Russia today, and those circumstances require that it is today, and not a day later, that I need to prove that I indeed have courage.
I have always believed that Russian journalism, first and foremost, is the journalism of action. The journalism of taking the step that you simply must take.
Please pray for us, those who are directly affected by this crisis. And of course, say a prayer for me.
I am ever more convinced that the war in Chechnya must be brought to an end. And today, the time has come for me to appeal to President Bush and plead with him to use his influence on President Putin to stop the bloodshed in Chechnya, and to prevent it in Moscow.”

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Politkovskaya’s Duty Is to Cover Chechnya’s War

Politkovskaya’s Duty Is to Cover Chechnya’s War

(WOMENSENEWS)–Anna Politkovskaya was exhausted on a late Sunday night in December.
A mother of two and one of Russia’s most daring journalists, she has made a career of covering the wars in Chechnya. That evening she had been out in the cold protesting the disappearance of democratic freedoms in Russia in central Moscow. The march, which was scheduled to coincide with the anniversary of the Battle of Moscow during the Second World War, drew thousands.
Politkovskaya, however, was disheartened that many in Russia would never even know the demonstration had taken place.
“It’s absolutely forbidden to cover democratic activities,” she said in a phone interview from her home in Moscow. “We don’t have one independent TV channel, just state channels. We have one independent radio station and two newspapers. It’s absolutely little for such a huge country.”
But protesting in the cold and fighting for democracy is nothing new for Politkovskaya, who has made a career out of daring journalism and tenacious activism.
In her work for the independent bi-weekly Novaya Gazeta, she has endured intimidation and even poisoning. Considered one of Russia’s bravest journalists, she has covered the Chechen wars from the ground, traveling deep into the remote and dangerous southern Caucasus to report on how the war has affected ordinary citizens. She has faced Russian soldiers, Chechen rebels and constant warfare in her tenacious work.
Recently she was awarded the Civil Courage Prize, given by the Northcote Parkinson Fund, based in New York, which honors those who fight injustice at great personal risk.
“The courage of Anna Politkovskaya, one of Russia’s leading journalists, stands out in sharp relief,” presenter Nicholas Platt said at the October ceremony in New York. “She has exposed the atrocities of the war in Chechnya, in books and articles in Novaya Gazeta, persisting despite the wrath of the Kremlin and in the face of death threats, intimidation and poisoning.”
She was also a recipient of the International Women’s Media Foundation Courage Award in 2002.
Duty, Not Courage
But Politkovskaya doesn’t believe that “courage” is a good word for her work. “I don’t like this word. It’s duty. I’m absolutely sure that I want to do something for the people using journalism.”
Politkovskaya doesn’t focus on women’s issues in particular. Rather, she says, just being a female journalist in Russia today means that she will see everything about her work differently, especially when it comes to war.
She says that while female journalists can be repelled by covering war, male journalists can often become fascinated. “They like weapons; they like to see it. But female journalists and me too, all the time, I thought it’s so awful to see all these weapons, to hear all these noises of the war. The only thing I prefer is to return home, not to see it and smell the war.”
Politkovskaya says that her tenacity in covering the second Chechen war, which began in 1999 and continues today, ended her marriage in 1999. Her husband walked out after he could no longer stand the worry and loneliness that accompanied her constant travels. She believes her role as a female journalist and mother has shown her that reporting on the atrocities is never enough. She was a negotiator in the Moscow theater siege and has worked to find food, housing and justice for her subjects countless times.
“You need to be a writer first of all,” she says. “But, secondly, you need to do something more for them. If the people don’t have food and water, you need to find them food and water.”
Born in New York, Educated in Moscow
Politkovskaya was born in 1958–five years after Stalin’s death–in New York, where her Soviet Ukrainian parents were United Nations diplomats. She was sent back home to be educated and graduated from one of Soviet Union’s most prestigious departments, the journalism program of Moscow State University.
She became well read, in part, because her parents’ diplomatic status allowed them to smuggle forbidden books into the country. After graduation she worked for state newspapers and eventually made her way to the independent press, where she began to distinguish herself by offering dogged reporting of Chechnya and becoming one of the few reporters to stick it out over the years.
She says the challenges of working as a female journalist in Russia are many. She speaks of constant discrimination and harassment, and says that it’s almost impossible for a woman to rise to the rank of editorial board member. Ironically, these same challenges melt away in the mountains of the southern Caucasus, her second home in many ways.
“It’s absolutely dangerous work for men because everybody sees them,” she says, “but as a woman I can wear some clothes, like the Chechen women, and move around more easily.”

Slipped Poison in Her Tea
Recently, Politkovskaya’s work almost cost her life, when on her way to act as a negotiator in last year’s school hostage crisis in Beslan, she was slipped poison in a cup of tea. Although she isn’t sure who tried to poison her, she suspects the Russian security service.
The situation, she says, is likely to become more dangerous as democratic institutions suffer under Russian President Vladimir Putin’s measures. Just this month, Putin backed a bill to close all foreign nongovernmental organizations in the country.
Despite the risks, she believes she can only go forward and continue with what she calls the Russian theory of “little business.”
“It’s a special Russian theory that if you can’t change the whole world, you need to do some little things to help specific people,” she said. “Russian journalism was and now is the possibility to help people first of all in their everyday life and in their catastrophic life. I decided that it was a very nice theory for me.”
Alexandra Poolos, the former managing editor of Women’s eNews, is completing a journalism fellowship at Columbia University. She has worked for Radio Free Europe, The Wall Street Journal, NPR and Newsday.

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What Happened to Anna Politkovskaya

What Happened to Anna Politkovskaya

At time of these tragic days hundreds of our colleagues, state officials and readers expressed their concern about the fate of our observer Anna Politkovskaya. They believed that her presence at Beslan could have proved useful. However, Politkovskaya did not reach Beslan.
In the evening on September 1 Politkovskaya went to Vnukovo Airport in the Novaya Gazeta editor’s car. She had contacted a number of Russian politicians and the representative of Maskhadov in London Ahmed Zakaev. Her proposals boiled down to the following: anyone who can contact terrorists should immediately go without calculating the [political] consequences in order to rescue the children. “Let Maskhadov go and negotiate with them “. Zakaev noted that Maskhadov was ready to negotiate without any conditions or guarantees.
Flights to Vladikavkaz as well as to the nearest cities were cancelled from Vnukovo Airport. Three times Politkovskaya was registered and three times could not depart. Editors issued the following order: fly to Rostov and from there get to Beslan by car. Airline “Carat” takes Anna on board.
Important detail: all day long Politkovskaya had not time to have a meal. She refused (as she is person of experience) a meal on the plane, taking porridge with her. She felt fine and only requested tea from the stewardess. Anna lost consciousness 10 minutes after drinking and had enough time to call the stewardess.
Further she remembers only fragments. Doctors took fantastic efforts at the first aid office at Rostov airport. They tried and managed to bring her out of a coma. This was attributable to the precise work of the doctors in the isolation ward of the first Rostov hospital. In miserable conditions they reanimated Anna improvising in all possible manner – even using plastic bottles with hot water. A dropper, injections, – she regained her consciousness by the morning.
Grigory Yavlinsky, our colleagues from “Izvestiya” (staff reporter Vladimir But) and general Solodovnikov did everything in their power to resolve a problem that doctors termed “almost hopeless”. The doctors coped with the task.
In the evening on September 3, with the help of our friends (thanks to our bankers!) we forwarded Anna by private plane to one of the Moscow clinics. Rostov doctors gathered to see her off. The Rostov laboratory analysis is not ready yet. The first analyses taken in the airport were destroyed for some reason. The Moscow doctors directly declared: the actual toxin remains unclear, but entered her organism from the outside, in the plane.
We do not want to make any statements before we learn all the circumstances. However, the situation with the journalist of “Liberty” Babitsky who was removed from a flight to Northern Caucasus on the suspicion of transporting an explosive (naturally, it was not found), and the case with Politkovskaya leads us to assume that an attempt was made to debar a number of journalists who are authoritative in Chechnya from covering the tragedy in Beslan.
Now Politkovskaya is at home under supervision of doctors. In their opinion, she has seriously affected kidneys, livers and endocrine system owing to the unknown toxin. Unfortunately it remains unclear how much time will be required for her rehabilitation…
Why were officials so anxious about Politkovskaya’s activity and not focus instead on their own work? And prevent, for example, terrorist acts?

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ANTARA News: Russia, Islamic World Dialog Expected To Form Strategic Alliance!

From: Eagle_wng

Apr 01 23:02
Russia, Islamic world dialog expected to form strategic alliance
by Erafzon S.A.S.
Moscow (ANTARA News) – Russia, formerly part of the dissolved superpower Soviet Union, has drawn international attention by hosting a dialog on “Strategic Vision, Russia – The Islamic World” here on March 27-28, 2006.

Present in the dialog were 17 Islamic leaders from Muslims populated countries and a representative of Rabithah Al Islami. The meeting was organized by a Russian NGO, but in fact the organizer was a former government official in this state.

The meeting presided over by Evgeny Maksimovich Primakov, former Russian Prime Minister during Boris Yeltsin leadership. At the opening of the meeting, Primakov read out a written message of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Russian Head of Government revealed in his message that the Russian foreign policy gives priority to the dialog with the Islamic world. He explained that Russia has a long history of the Islamic world, relating to the aspects of economy, security, science/technology and culture.

Islam entered Russia in the seventh century and then developed in the Russian peninsula. Bukhara, the birthplace of renowned Islamic leader Imam Bukhari, used to be part the dissolved Soviet Union. Islam has shown the rapidest growth in Russia, about 15 percent of the Russian population consists of Muslims today.

It seems that Putin is desirous of retrieving good relations with the Islamic world, or probably wants to use the relationship with the Islamic world as a vehicle to get back the Russian position as a superpower.

When asked by the press about the political and economic benefit Russia expects to obtain by embracing the Islamic world, Primakov said diplomatically Russia does not think of advantage or disadvantage in organizing the meeting but just hopes for the creation of justice and equality between nations, especially in the Islamic world.

Whatever arguments Primakov has made, the initiative of holding a meeting which was attended by the 17 Muslim leaders including Ayatullah Taskhiry from Iran, Prince Ghazi of Jordan and Din Syamsuddin (chairman of the Indonesian Islamic organization Muhammadiyah), has given an impression that Russia wants to take advantage of its relations with the Islamic world.

Indonesian Ambassador to Russia Susanto Pudjomartono said Russia is using the Islamic card in its foreign policy for various purposes, including breaking US foreign policy`s domination.

Susanto shared the same view with Din Stamsuddin that influencing each other or embracing other countries to consolidate power for the sake of the common interests is normal in the foreign policy of a state. In the country, Susanto said, the Russian Government has approached Islamic groups. There are a quite large number of Islamic groups in Russia, and Islam is the second biggest religion after Orthodox Christianity in this country.

Last year, the Russian Government celebrated Hijriah Islamic New Year, indicating a progress in Russian relations with the Islamic world. However, there were reports of small incidents that still occurred like an assault on a mosque by an extremist group in Russia.

Building new power

Like Ambassador Susanto, Muhammadiyah Chairman Din Syamsuddin is of the view that seeking friends by influencing each other is common in the foreign policy of a country.

“It is nothing out of the common to see a power seeking to form an alliance with others to face another strong power,” said Syamsuddin. He believed that Russia, which was formerly part of dissolved superpower Soviet Union, still has the leftover potential.

Russia now has big foreign exchange reserves with the soaring crude oil price on the world market. This country fulfills 25 percent of the demand for energy in Europe. India and China have also relied on Russia for their energy supply. This state has also got large income from the sale of armaments.

The Russian Government has offered a US$1 billion credit to Indonesia to be disbursed in stages. This year Russia will deliver US$200 million to Indonesia for the purchase of Russian-made Sukhoi jet fighters.

The Islamic world`s power is worthy of consideration, according to Syamsuddin. He pointed out that there are some 1.3 billion Muslims in the world, with human resources quality and ethical standards contained in the Islamic values. The Islamic world is rich in natural resources like petroleum and other mining products, he said.

Din emphasized that it is time to end United States domination, even more so with US trans-global policy on the eradication of global terrorism by using terrorist ways.

The chairman of the Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI) further said the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq, the threat to Iran and Syria, and the double standard practiced by the US and its alliance have made the Islamic world restless. “It is necessary, therefore, to form a power to counterbalance US hegemony,” he revealed.

Concerning the Indonesian position, Din said Indonesia surely deserves to become a strategic partner to build the new power as Indonesia is the world`s most-populous Moslem majority country today.

Joint communique

As one of the victims of terrorist attacks, Indonesia, like Russia and the Islamic world, is against terrorism. Therefore, the Russia – Islamic World dialog here on March 27-28, 2006 resulted in a joint statement on the development of cooperation in the fields of economy, culture, science/technology and security as well as the eradication of terrorism, according to Din.

He emphasized the need to take concrete corrective measures against the existing accumulative problems currently threatening the world like poverty, ignorance and backwardness. Efforts to get rid of those problems should not be merely rhetorical, he said.

One of the important measures that must be taken is, according to Din, creating a peaceful, fair, civilized and balanced world as contained in the Joint Statement issued at the end of the Russia” Islamic world dialog.

Learning from experience in connection with the occupation of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union in the past, the US used the Islamic issue to oppose Soviet occupation of that Central Asian country.

After a terrorist attack on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001, the US occupied Iraq and supported the Afghan Government at that time, and now Russia is approaching the Islamic world to show its role. Thus, it is not clear, who makes use of who, and where the Islamic world should be.

Irrespective of all those matters, may the idea of fostering a relationship through the Russia – Islamic world dialog be fulfilled. (*)

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I have a lot of links with Maskhadov’s people. My point of view was Maskhadov needed to go to these bandits and say to them openly, please don’t do it. Please free all the kids. After midday until evening, of course, I discussed all these details about maybe Maskhadov’s future departure to Beslan. In absolutely the open air of mobile phones.

What happened to you when you got on the plane to Rostov?

One boy, I didn’t know him, gave me this cup of tea. I drank it and after ten minutes, I began to feel very, very bad. After that I heard only two, three words. The crew beat me on the face and asked me, cried to me, “Please don’t die. Don’t die.” After that I discovered myself in the hospital.

Did anyone say to you that you had been poisoned?

Doctors said God bless you, and you are with us. You were poisoned.

You talk about an information vacuum at Beslan, what exactly do you mean?

Our TV channel gave society only official information. And people, relatives of hostages were out of this information. They were in a vacuum. They didn’t know what happened. What would happen in the next minutes, in the next hours.

Is this the Kremlin pressuring the media, or do you think the media are guilty of self-censorship?

My colleagues tried to be only in the way of the official information. It was real self-censorship, but it’s only from one hand. In the other hand, the staff administration of the President pushed a lot, during these two days, the hands of mass media.

Do you think the West simply accepts President Putin’s policies without criticism?

Putin is very influenced by the Western opinion. He doesn’t like to think about society and civil society in Russia, about points of view of civil society here. So, it means that only the West now could change him, could change him from tyranny to democracy.

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