What Happened in Kabardino-Balkaria and Why It Matters Far Beyond that Republic

Friday, September 21, 2018

What Happened in Kabardino-Balkaria and Why It Matters Far Beyond that Republic

Paul Goble

Staunton, September 21 – Clashes in Kabardino-Balkaria over the celebration of the 310th anniversary of a battle in which the Kabards, a subgroup of the Circassians, won a major victory over the numerically superior forces of the Crimean Tatar khanate, were either the result of ethnic tensions or a provocation by the Russian authorities and their local representatives.

The basic facts of the clashes seem to be these: On September 18, a group of 30 Kabard (Circassian) horsemen planned to ride to the site of the battle. A Balkar village (Kyondelen) refused them permission to pass through its streets and the Kabards bypassed the village and held their commemoration (turantoday.com/2018/09/balkar-kabarda.html). Read more

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Five Common Notions about Russia’s Disintegration All Defective, Shtepa Says

Friday, September 21, 2018

Five Common Notions about Russia’s Disintegration All Defective, Shtepa Says

Paul Goble

Staunton, September 21 – The five most common stereotypical notions about how the Russian Federation might fall apart do not reflect realities on the ground but instead are put forward by those who want either to prevent that from happening or to promote it, according to Vadim Shtepa, the editor in chief of Tallinn’s After Empireportal. Read more

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What Happened in Kabardino-Balkaria and Why It Matters Far Beyond that Republic

Friday, September 21, 2018

What Happened in Kabardino-Balkaria and Why It Matters Far Beyond that Republic

Paul Goble

Staunton, September 21 – Clashes in Kabardino-Balkaria over the celebration of the 310th anniversary of a battle in which the Kabards, a subgroup of the Circassians, won a major victory over the numerically superior forces of the Crimean Tatar khanate, were either the result of ethnic tensions or a provocation by the Russian authorities and their local representatives. Read more

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