This site will contain information, analysis, and predictions concerning the long and ongoing fight over the Caucasus and the indigenous peoples' struggle to survive. I still have one more semester to teach at my college, so there won't be a lot of material here before Fall 2019, but I'll see what I can do. UPDATE, … Continue reading Caucasus Wars in the 21st Century
I wrote an article about the Nazi occupation of Nalchik and tried to construct a timeline demonstrating how the Mountain Jews escaped being murdered. It was held up for a long time because of an intransigent reviewer who, when they finally submitted their comments, was completely unreasonable (and wrong) in many of the their criticisms. … Continue reading The Mountain Jews and the Nazi Occupation of Kabarda
I’m following an interesting interchange between the world Circassian community, outside observers, and the Kremlin. It started when I saw this article in Segodnya, a Kremlin mouthpiece masquerading as a news source. The original Russian version is here: West again activates the "Circassian theme" Funded by American non-governmental foundations, the so-called Circassian Culture Center (CCC) … Continue reading Why Does the Kremlin Fear the Circassians being called “Circassians”?
In the former Soviet Union, a large number of small nations are fighting to retain their native language, and so far the results are not encouraging. Two nations I’ve been following in this regard are the Talysh, who speak an Indo-European language related to Farsi, and the Circassians, who speak a language whose origins are … Continue reading On the Destruction of Minority Languages in the Former Soviet Union
When I was in Tbilisi in 2013, a Georgian friend of mine told me that the city announced that it was going to begin enforcing traffic laws, and the people nearly rioted. The fact that the common people saw the laws as something that impeded them rather than protected them goes a long way in … Continue reading Georgia’s Troubled Democracy
From the site Justice for North Caucasus: Circassia that was thriving and flourishing in former times, that gave to the world both Maikop and dolmen cultures, legendary Nart Sagas, which became an archetype for many of ancient Greek myths, Circassia that inspired about itself a lot of legends floating all over the world, was entirely … Continue reading Claim for Recognition of Circassia As A State Being Occupied By Russia
I received this greeting a couple days ago. The Talysh are one of the nations that were "cut in half" by treaties between the large nations surrounding the Caucasus--in this case Russia and Iran--and who are struggling to survive assimilation efforts by the current governments in charge. I personally don't have a great deal of … Continue reading A Greeting from The Talysh-Mugan Autonomous Republic’s Government in Exile
In his article, “The Best Way to Deal With Russia: Wait for it to Implode,” (https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/08/03/russia-separatism-vladimir-putin-227498), Peter Eltsov of the National Defense University argues that internal contradictions in the Russian Federation—separatist movements among ethnic minorities, lack of a unifying ideology, and intellectual and economic weakness—will lead to Russia’s inevitable disintegration, and that the West should … Continue reading Is Russia Ready to Implode?
A series of interesting developments in Georgia points to a subtle but persistent attempt by Moscow to take complete control of that nation’s political processes. The decision to allow Russian parliamentarian and defender of Abkhazia and South Ossetia’s independence to sit in the Speaker of Parliament’s chair on July 20 enraged much of the population … Continue reading Russia’s New Aggression in Georgia
The original article appears at: https://www.kavkazr.com/a/30073238.html "Ingush activist Bagaudin Miakiev, who on July 17 stated that he had been beaten in Nalchik SIZO (special interrogation unit) No. 1, where he is being held on suspicion of using violence against a representative of the authorities (part 2 of article 318 of the Criminal Code of the … Continue reading Translation: Ingush Activist Miakiev Changes Attorneys and Turns to Human Rights Defenders
It's already been noted elsewhere that Moscow's bogus drug charges against Circassian activists such as Martin Kochesoko are most likely attempts to provoke a violent reaction from the Circassians, which would "justify" a Russian military response. I'm actually somewhat surprised with the apparent threat that Moscow perceives from the Circassians. When I wrote my article, … Continue reading Russian Provocation in North and South Caucasus