10,000 Windows on Eurasia

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

10,000 Windows on Eurasia

Paul Goble

            Staunton, April 29 – This is the 10,000th Window on Eurasia in the new series I launched seven years ago after our house burned and I was diagnosed with leukemia. I did not expect to reach this milestone; in fact, I did not even expect to reach the number of roughly 5,000 WOEs I prepared in the first series between 2004 and 2011.

            But as I often say to myself, better preparing WOEs than feeling woes.– not an especially clever observation but one that is very much heartfelt. And I want to say thank you to all of you who have sent me comments, corrections, and suggestions.  I have learned an enormous amount from you. I only hope I have been able to return the favor. Read more

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Circassians Among Most Repressed Peoples of Soviet Peoples, Documents Show

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Circassians Among Most Repressed Peoples of Soviet Peoples, Documents Show

Paul Goble

            Staunton, April 21 – In a review of a new book on political repression of the Circassians in the first decades of Soviet power, M.N. Gubzhokov says that while Circassian elites shared the fate of many other peoples of the USSR, “they are largely absent from domestic historical studies that discuss political repression and ethnic cleansings.”

            The book in question is Political Repressions of Circassians in the North Caucasus (1918-1940) Archival Materials and Memoirs, compiled by A.K. Sharapova (in Russian, Nalchik, 2017, 824 pp.) The review, originally in the Vestnik of the Adygey Republic Institute for Research in the Humanities, is available at natpressru.info/index.php?newsid=11617). Read more

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Circassian National Movement Saved and Empowered by the Internet, Kabard Says

Friday, April 19, 2019

Circassian National Movement Saved and Empowered by the Internet, Kabard Says

Paul Goble

Staunton, April 17 – Moscow might have been able more or less indefinitely to continue its divide-and-rule strategy against the Circassian nation had it not been the Internet, a technology that allowed the members of a community Moscow had artificially divided up into various “nationalities” to come together as one, Andzor Kabard says.

The Kabard activist who lives in New York exile says that even with the upsurge of national feeling at the end of Soviet times, Moscow was keeping the Circassians divided. But it had not counted on the power of the Internet which the Circassians used to raise both their issue at the Sochi Olympics and their national consciousness (opendemocracy.net/en/odr/russia-calling-yourself-circassian-always-political). Read more

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In Russia, calling yourself Circassian is always political

In Russia, calling yourself Circassian is always political

Scattered across the world, Circassians are increasingly active online. Now in Russia, activists are putting forward an initiative to unite under a single name.


Andzor Kabard
18 April 2019

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Главное за неделю. 23-29 марта / Нерекомендованный совет

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Главное за неделю. 23-29 марта

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Мартин Кочесоко: адыгагъэ – не этническое понятие

Мартин Кочесоко: адыгагъэ – не этническое понятие

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Remembering the Circassian Deportations and Massacres

Remembering the Circassian Deportations and Massacres

For over a century, from 1763 onwards, the peoples of Circassian lands situated in the north-western Caucasus defended their homelands against Russian expansion.

The Circassian people, who by and large adopted Islam in the eighteenth century, were almost entirely affected by the terrible destruction of their communities and the forced displacement from their historic homeland during the last decades of the Tsarist regime. Russian General Yevdokimov was tasked to execute this policy of forced displacement as of 1860 with newly formed mobile columns of riflemen and Cossack cavalry. Read more

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