Monday, 22 October, 2012. On Wednesday, 17 October, an open letter was written outlining the challenges and concerns Circassians from Syria face in returning to their ethnic homelands. Read on for more…
Monday, 22 October, 2012. Just two years ago, as part of its “zero problems with neighbors” policy, Turkey removed visa requirements with several countries, including Syria, its neighbor to the south. Thousands of middle class Syrians flooded the 500-mile border, visiting the malls of Gaziantep or scouting for business partners amongst Turkey’s vibrant merchant class. Then the Arab Spring started. Read on…
Monday, 22 October, 2012. On Saturday, 20 October, at the IX Congress of the International Circassian Association (ICA), delegates from around the world met to elect the new president, Hout Sohrokov. Attendees represented Circassians from around the world, including Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Europe, the United States and Israel.
Monday, 22 October, 2012. Europe’s deadliest conflicts are in Russia’s North Caucasus region, and the killing is unlikely to end soon. The state has fought back against attacks, first claimed by Chechen separatists, now the work of jihad-inspired insurgents, that have hit Moscow, other major cities and many Caucasus communities.
Monday, 22 October, 2012. Russia’s North Caucasus region is Europe’s deadliest conflict today, with some 574 deaths already this year, and the killing is unlikely to end soon. Ethnic grievances, exclusionary historical narratives and competition over land and decision-making fuel tensions in a number of multi-ethnic republics in the North Caucasus, especially Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria and Stavropol Krai. Read on…
Friday, 19 October, 2012. The new Russian Nationalities Policy Strategy, which is to replace one in place since 1996, drops references to the state-forming role of the [ethnic] Russian people” and refers instead to their “unifying role” in producing “a unique socio-cultural civilizational community, the multi-people [non-ethnic] Russian nation.” That change among others has already outraged many Russian nationalists who resent that Russia is not a nation state, “a Russia for the Russians,” but instead a federation in which the ethnic Russians may be first among equals but whose government, in their view, in an effort at “political correctness,” defers too much to the non-Russians living among them.
Thursday, 18 October, 2012. According to Federal Migration Service of the Republic of Adyghea, there are 13,000 foreign nationals in the republic. Of these, 24% are from Armenia. For the first nine months of 2012, only 462 foreign tourists visited the republic. This begs the question: Where are the Circassians?
Thursday, 18 October, 2012. Court proceedings are underway in the case of Ruslan Rakhaev (33, Deputy Head of Police in Cherkessk) on grounds that he allegedly beat to death local resident, Djakhir Djankezov. This is the second time Rakhaev has been suspected of beating to death a detainee in custody.
Thursday, 18 October, 2012. Over 40 residents of the Urvan district fell ill from food poisoning after purchasing pastries in local retail outlets. Residents were hospitalized for monitoring before being released. There are presently 30 individuals still under medical supervision, including 11 children.
Wednesday, 17 October, 2012. President Vladimir Putin has urged Russia's intelligence agencies, police and military to clamp down on terrorism to prevent violence at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi and other international events in Russia.
Wednesday, 17 October, 2012. Russian investigators have launched a criminal case against a leading opposition figure, prompting widespread fears that the Kremlin's crackdown on dissent has entered a new phase aimed at the movement's leadership.
Wednesday, 17 October, 2012. An unusual public protest took place in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, on October 14, when an estimated 70 protesters demonstrated against anti-Caucasian hysteria in the Russian media and government. The protest was triggered by the harsh punishment given to participants in a September 30 Dagestani wedding procession in Moscow, who were accused of shooting guns in the air.
Wednesday, 17 October, 2012. The World Bank's investment arm is backing mid-sized companies in Russia with a $20 million investment in the Elbrus Capital Fund. The International Finance Corp. (IFC) said it will focus investments through the Elbrus fund on small and medium-sized companies on the assumption they are best positioned to create jobs and deliver new services to Russia markets.
Monday, 22 October, 2012. Armed conflict in the North Caucasus is the most violent in Europe today. Insurgents seeking a regional political unit founded on Sharia (Islamic law) attack Russian officials and security forces, whose main response till recently has been a tough focus on eradicating the insurgency with a massive security presence, leaving little room for dialogue.
Monday, 22 October, 2012. Valery Dzutsev, analyst at the Jamestown Foundation; Fatima Tlisova, Voice of America reporter; and Glen Howard, president of the Jamestown Foundation, will discuss this topic. Note: A reception will precede the event at 5 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, 22 October, 2012. A hydroelectric plant in the city of Baksan is set to resume operations on 22 December of this year. The power plant was previously damaged in a terrorist attack in July of 2010.
Monday, 22 October, 2012. Syria’s 18-month war has generated a massive wave of refugees, with some coming to Russia. Many are rediscovering their historic links to their new surroundings and mourning the peace and prosperity they once enjoyed in their former home. In Russia, refuges are accommodated in sanatoriums and are free to roam the town and mix with the population while their paperwork is being processed over several months. In Turkey, the refugee program is part of the state budget, while in Russia Syrians live off private donations from local businessmen.
Friday, 19 October, 2012. Up to 150,000 Syrians could flee to Russia with the collapse of the regime of President Bashar Assad, a report said. The International Institute for Strategic Studies said Russia could be swamped by appeals from at least 150,000 people identified with the Assad regime. In a report, IISS cited tens of thousands of Russians who married Syrians as well as ethnic Circassians whose ancestors arrived in Syria more than 150 years ago and regarded by Sunnis as supporters of Assad.
Friday, 19 October, 2012. The EU will not change its policy of non-recognition of the separatist regions of Georgia, Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs Helga Schmid said at a news conference in Tbilisi.
Thursday, 18 October, 2012. On October 13, Kabardino-Balkaria marked the seventh anniversary of the attack on Nalchik, the republic’s capital. Groups of militants staged simultaneous attacks on the headquarters of the police, Federal Security Service (FSB) and several other agencies in the republic. The trial of the suspected perpetrators of the attack is one of the largest court processes to have taken place in the Russian Federation. Yet, despite its scale and importance, the Russian media practically ignores it.
Thursday, 18 October, 2012. Vladimir Putin is “not a nationalist and has never been one,” according to Moscow commentator Nikolay Svanidze. But even though the Russian president understands the dangers Russian nationalism represents, he has nonetheless been willing to play the nationalist card to gain support from the increasingly nationalist population.
Thursday, 18 October, 2012. On Wednesday, 17 October, ancient cultural monuments were discovered in the Kislovodsk basin in the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria. The artifacts are estimated to date back to the fifth century, BC and stem from the Alan people.
Wednesday, 17 October, 2012. Russian President Vladimir Putin warned his security services yesterday that they will have to redouble their efforts to prevent terrorists and extremists from disrupting an upcoming string of high-profile sports events to be hosted by Russia, including the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014. But the Kremlin, which announced today they would be charging prominent left-wing opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov with "organizing disorder," also appears to be moving to conflate terrorists with the largely peaceful opposition movement.
Wednesday, 17 October, 2012. Many Circassians in Jordan are planning to boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections if their designated seat in Amman’s Third District is not restored, according to representatives of the community. Circassians were granted a guaranteed parliamentary seat in the capital’s Third District in 1989 to ensure their representation, along with another seat in the Fifth District to fulfill a two-seat quota.
Wednesday, 17 October, 2012. Circassian relations with Moscow cannot be called simple, however, as the relationship of all other peoples of the North Caucasus from the Russian government, says Volker Pabst in the material published on the website Neue Zuercher Zeitung. Meanwhile, in connection with the events in Syria and the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, which will be held in 2014, the “Circassian question” is becoming increasingly important.