Naima Neflyasheva Explains Why She is No Longer an Adyg but Rather a Circassian

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Naima Neflyasheva Explains Why She is No Longer an Adyg but Rather a Circassian

Paul Goble

            Staunton, February 23 – Circassians, long subdivided into numerous nationalities by the Soviets in order to prevent them from acting as a single, strong nation in the North Caucasus, are calling on members of these communities to identify themselves as Circassians in the upcoming 2020 census (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/02/circassians-long-divided-by-moscow.html). Read more

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Old Lucy Puffing Ashes

Old Lucy Puffing Ashes

By: Adel Bashqawi

20th of February 2019

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Circassian Scholars Take Up the Cudgels to Save the Letter Щ

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Circassian Scholars Take Up the Cudgels to Save the Letter Щ

Paul Goble

UPDATE: The original story is not true. I am grateful to an alert reader who called this to my attention. And I regret being misled or misleading others. Moscow in fact isn’t planning to cut these letters out. But the reaction ascribed to the Circassians tells something important about the sensitivity of the language issue in all its complexity. 

            Staunton, February 19 – Olga Vasilyeva, the Russian minister of science and education, five days ago announced that as part of a new orthographic reform, seven letters now part of the Russian alphabet will be dropped as of 2020, a change that not only Russian traditionalists but Circassian linguists oppose. Read more

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Moscow’s Plans to Divide Up Tatars Now as It Did the Circassians Earlier Must be Opposed, Garifulllin Says

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Moscow’s Plans to Divide Up Tatars Now as It Did the Circassians Earlier Must be Opposed, Garifulllin Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, February 18 – In the 1920s, Stalin divided up the Circassians into four major “nations” as part of his effort to block any efforts of that deported nation to restore a single republic, attract back millions of its co-ethnics from abroad, and create a powerful bulwark against Russian control of the Caucasus.

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Circassians Long Divided by Moscow Urged to Reassert National Unity via 2020 Census

Friday, February 8, 2019

Circassians Long Divided by Moscow Urged to Reassert National Unity via 2020 Census

Paul Goble

            Staunton, February 7 – In order to further weaken the Circassian nation whose ancestors the Russian Empire killed and expelled in an act of genocide in1864, the Soviet system insisted that they were not only people but several and demanded that the Circassians identify not as Circassians but as Adygeys, Kabardins and Cherkess among others. Read more

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“شعوب بدون وطن أم – فيلم “شركيسيا الغريبة / Peoples without Motherland — “Circassia Alien” Film / Народы без Родины – Фильм “Черкесия Чужбина”

“شعوب بدون وطن أم – فيلم “شركيسيا الغريبة

Peoples without Motherland — “Circassia Alien” Film

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Circassians Seek International Recognition as an Expelled People

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Circassians Seek International Recognition as an Expelled People

Paul Goble

            Staunton, February 2 – More than five million Circassians live outside of the Russian Federation, the result of the tsarist genocide in which their ancestors were expelled in 1864. Only about 750,000 Circassians still live in the North Caucasus, and fewer than 4,000 Circassians have been allowed to return to their homeland by Russian officials.

            Now, Russian officials are seeking to deport some of those Moscow earlier allowed to return, on what appear to be trumped up charges that are to be held in closed courts because, officials say, state secrets are involved, and that almost certainly are intended to send a message that no more Circassians should bother applying. Read more

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