Atrocities Affecting Circassians Got no Ceiling
By: Adel Bashqawi
12 June, 2017.
Disturbing news spread in the Circassian world on the Internet media sites, especially those posted on social media networks. The news contained strange but not surprising practices and accusations carried out by proxies of the Russian authorities in the Circassian part of the North Caucasus, which wasn’t the first time and won’t be the last.
The local Russian administration, represented by the local police in the Greater Sochi region, have demonstrated recently a new show-off. Since the twenty first of May and the beginning of this month, they had gone too far by abusing their terms of reference and overriding the laws in force. That was exercised against two respected Circassians who are living in the town of Keshmay in Greater Sochi area. They were detained, held a hearing and fined by a Russian court that imposed unjustified administrative sanctions against them. They held a commemoration and a special prayer for the souls of those who perished during the Russian-Circassian war. This is not the first time nor the last time to honor the victims of the invasion, extermination and deportation. These two Circassians were not the first victims to be exposed to injustice, oppression and racial discrimination, and they will not be the last ones (https://www.kavkazr.com/a/28524590.html and http://caucasustimes.com/ru/prigovor-cherkesskomu-aktivistu-vlasti-priravnjali-traurnye-meroprijatija-k-nesankcionirovannym-mitingam/).
Seemingly, the two honorable Circassians, have achieved a meaningful accomplishment by hitting the nail on the head. That simple but symbolic action has meant to them and to others a moral and national obligation, that is nothing more than what the Circassians periodically offer in such important event, a sense of national duty to be realized in all parts of the homeland and Diaspora. An expressive action to commemorate and highly appreciate and value the lives of those who died while taking a legitimate defense against a barbaric invasion and crimes committed by the Tsarist Russian Empire.
On behalf of the Council of the Kabardian Congress, Aslan Beshto posted the following on his Facebook page: “On 3 June 2017, the council held an emergency meeting GS ‘Kabardian Congress’, dedicated to developments in west Cherkessia – Shapsugii where for prayer service dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Russo-Cherkesskoy war an administrative penalty has been the villagers of big Kichmay Ruslan Gvashev and Aidamir Basto. Were viewed all available communication and information on social media.” Also, “a Circassian group led by Anzor Ahokhov was stopped by the traffic police post ‘Magri’. After the presentation of documents and adhered to standard procedures, Ahokhov was asked a question — What is your ethnicity? Replying with a natural response that he is Circassian, Ahokhov was subjected to long police and humiliating procedures of personal identification and fingerprinting.” The group had to return to Nalchik after long wasted time waiting clearance to proceed, which they needed special procedural authorization to go to Greater Sochi area. (https://www.facebook.com/adel.bashqawi/posts/1632956900050868?notif_t=like¬if_id=1496835956333836).
It is no surprise that members of the Circassian “Kabardian Congress” in Nalchik, find it necessary to rush to defend their brethren in the west of Circassia – shapsugii, in the region of Sochi, which was attacked in its environmental excellence by holding the Winter Olympic Games, which has distorted and polluted the area. Also, in another response to the unacceptable, non-innocent and offensive actions, Maikop city public organization, “Adyghe Khasa – Circassian Council” has expressed its protest against the actions of the authorities of Sochi (http://www.natpressru.info/index.php?newsid=11187).
Indeed, national belonging and patriotism have appeared in the best possible sense. These people found themselves in unenviable and unpleasant positions and locations in confrontation with prejudice, indecency and tyranny. They have committed themselves to serving their Circassian nation and homeland, despite the great challenges, adversities, tribulations, hardship and the existence of multi barriers and obstacles.