Circassians Want Russia to Recognize 19th Century Conquest as ‘Genocide’

Circassians Want Russia to Recognize 19th Century Conquest as ‘Genocide’

Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 11 Issue: 98
May 27, 2014 06:28 PM Age: 6 hrs
Ribbons commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the Russian-Circassian war (Source: Caucasian Knot)

Ribbons commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the Russian-Circassian war (Source: Caucasian Knot)

On May 21, Circassian communities worldwide commemorated the 150th anniversary of the end of the Russian-Circassian war. According to some accounts, the war lasted for a hundred years—from 1763, when Russian armies invaded Eastern Kabarda, to 1864 when the Russian military paraded at the place Krasnaya Polyana near the modern-day city of Sochi. The Russian Empire killed or deported to the Ottoman Empire an estimated 90 percent of the Circassian population of the Caucasus. As a result of the large-scale deportation of the Circassians, the majority of them now reside outside their North Caucasus homeland. To mark the anniversary, Circassians held demonstrations in Turkey, Germany, the United States, the North Caucasus and elsewhere. Read more

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Turkish Prime Minister Sends a “Letter of Sympathy” to the Circassians of Turkey

Turkish Prime Minister Sends a “Letter of Sympathy” to the Circassians of Turkey    10155226_10152046644507115_2271195475714813105_n

By: Adel Bashqawi
25, May, 2014

 

Turkish Prime Minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sent a letter to the “President of the Federation of Caucasian Associations (KAFFED)” on the 150th commemoration of the “Great Circassian Exile” (http://www.kaffed.org/haberler/federasyondan/item/2203-ba%C5%9Fbakan-erdo%C4%9Fan-ac%C4%B1lar%C4%B1n%C4%B1z%C4%B1-y%C3%BCrekten-payla%C5%9F%C4%B1yoruz.html), which stated “Circassians lived in great pain of our brothers once again remember, we share the pain once more heartily”. Read more

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One Hundred And Fifty Years Elapsed, The Circassian Homeland Remains In The Heart…

One Hundred And Fifty Years Elapsed, The Circassian Homeland Remains In The Heart… Final 150 This month, specifically today the 21st of May, marks a painful memory for the Circassian nation, to mark the passage of one hundred and fifty years since the catastrophe that befell on their brave ancestors who defended their homeland and their survival, a rare heroic defense of its kind. This commemoration comes while the Circassian nation is still reeling from the difficulties and results caused by the consequences of the unjust war waged by the forces of oppression and aggression against its homeland and existence. Read more

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The Circassian Legal Rights

The Circassian Legal Rights

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The “Circassian Question”

The “Circassian Question”

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Prepared by: Adel Bashqawi

May, 2014

The commemoration of 150 years of the end of the Tsarist Russian-Circassian War, and all the accompanied negative consequences, particularly the Circassian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing followed by forced Deportation of the Circassian nation, calls that a light should be shed on some of the facts and events linked with the different issues of the Circassian Genocide.

Circassia is located in Southeastern Europe, in the historical region of the Northwestern part of the Caucasus Mountains, on the Northeastern coast of the Black Sea (1). The Circassian civilization and culture of the North Western Caucasus had existed for more than 6000 years of continuous positive contribution to humanity that enhanced and enriched the human civilizations through thousands of years (65). It is situated in a strategic location within the Caucasus Plateau, which contains within its territories Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in the European Continent with an elevation of 18,510 Feet.

Who are the Circassians? Read more

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Window on Eurasia: Sochi Countdown – The Olympiad in the North Caucasus Begins

Friday, February 7, 2014 Read more

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Circassians Worldwide are Outraged for Holding the Olympiad in Sochi

Circassians Worldwide are Outraged for Holding the Olympiad in Sochi

Adel Bashqawi

Friday, the 7th of February, 2014

 

Today, Friday, the 7th of February, 2014, marks the start of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi which will include sports and other activities that will last for 14 days; but Circassians stand to mourn and condemn the sad event which is adopted and supported by the Russian state, regardless of all ethical, historical and environmental worries and concerns.

Sochi was the last capital city of Circassia, being the last Circassian stronghold during a 101-year long defensive war against the Tsarist Russian invasion, witnessed the end of the Russian-Circassian War, 150 years ago in 21, May, 1864, and the victory parade conducted by the victorious military forces, that reminds of the consequences of genocide, destruction and forced deportation from the Port of Sochi to the Ottoman Empire, which the entire Circassian nation was subjected to.

The Circassians in Jordan, being part of the worldwide Circassians are planning for a peaceful and nonviolent  demonstration to stand in a moment of mourning in front of the Russian Embassy in Amman, Jordan from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, in a protest for the unacceptable non-observance of human feelings,  in participation of other Circassians at homeland in the North Caucasus, and in Diaspora to observe this evil event, in condemnation for the improperly uncalculated step which is not taken purely for sports and athletics reasons, but to celebrate improper results that included and was not limited to  total occupation of Circassia.

Circassians and their friends in the world are intending to show their outrage and rejection to hold the Olympiad on a genocide soil that includes mass cemeteries and graves of Circassians and aim to ascertain that this action doesn’t reflect the Olympic spirit as such.

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