Friday, September 21, 2018
What Happened in Kabardino-Balkaria and Why It Matters Far Beyond that Republic
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