Friday, April 10, 2020
Circassians Mull How to Mark May 21 during Pandemic as Moscow Signals Its Anger at Their Activities and International Support
Staunton, April 7 – Recognizing that Circassians cannot mark May 21in the traditional way with public demonstrations, some Circassians are asking what form this anniversary should take this year. Their reflections come even as Moscow signals its anger at their movement and the international attention and support it is attracting.
May 21 is the anniversary of the expulsion of the Circassians from their homeland by tsarist forces in 1864, an action the Circassians and their supporters refer to as a genocide and the central memorial day of their year, one that has only grown in importance over the past decade as the Circassian national movement has become more active. Read more