Sunday, May 19, 2019
Circassians Must Govern Themselves, Nalchik Roundtable Participants Say
Staunton, May 18 – Yesterday, a group of experts from the Kabardino-Balkaria section of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Circassian activists took part in a roundtable in Nalchik devoted to the problems of federalism in Russia. The participants boldly declared that the Circassians must make decisions about their situation rather than having them made by outsiders.
That may seem anodyne to many, but in the context of Russian rule over the North Caucasus in general and the Moscow-divided Circassian nation in particular it is almost a revolutionary act, an indication that the power vertical is beginning to collapse in the region and nations without hope are beginning to recover it.
The Circassian portal Habze.org promises to post a video of the session in the coming days, but it has already published the speeches of two men who took part, Martin Kochesoko, the president of the Habze organization, and Azamat Shorman, a Nalchik Circassian activist (habze.org/у-черкесов-должно-быть-свое-самоупра). Read more