Eduard Enfiajyan’s Open Letter to The Georgian Ministry of the Interior

Vice-President of the Geopolitical Club Edward Enfiajyan has addressed an open letter to the Georgian Minister of Internal Affairs Georgy Gakharia. The original Russian letter was published at http://newcaucasus.com/news/17915-obrashhenie-vitse-prezidenta-geopoliticheskogo-kluba-eduarda-enfiadzhyana-k-mvd-gruzii.html. I’ll try to comment on this situation in the next couple of days. “I, Edward Enfiajyan, a citizen of the United States originally from Akhaltsikhe, faced … Continue reading Eduard Enfiajyan’s Open Letter to The Georgian Ministry of the Interior

The Circassian Factor in Russian-Middle Eastern Relations

Walter Richmond The North Caucasus has been the fault line between Russia and the Muslim world for centuries and has shaped Russia’s perception of and relation to this world in a variety of ways. While the impact of the peoples to the east, particularly the Chechens, has been analyzed from various perspectives, the role of … Continue reading The Circassian Factor in Russian-Middle Eastern Relations

On the Disappearance of Talysh Scholar Fakhraddin Aboszoda

I received this appeal from my Talysh friends: On February 27, Fakhraddin Aboszoda (Abbasov), the leader of the Talysh National Movement, a well-known scholar and journalist disappeared from Remand prison-6 in Kolomna (Russia). As it turned out later, on February 28, despite the official refusal of extradition, Aboszoda was extradited to Azerbaijan, where he is … Continue reading On the Disappearance of Talysh Scholar Fakhraddin Aboszoda

Is a Georgian-Abkhazian Confederation Possible?

One of the most contentious issues I've encountered in the Caucasus is the Georgian-Abkhazian dispute. My own research has only touched some superficial historical aspects of the conflict, but the Abkhazian situation mirrors others both in the Caucasus and throughout the world. I found this article today in Vestnik Kavkaza that presents a possible solution: ****************************** The … Continue reading Is a Georgian-Abkhazian Confederation Possible?

My (Unsuccessful) Appeal to the Australian Government to Accept Circassian Refugees from Syria

I'm putting this here for posterity's sake. *****************************************             My name is Walter Richmond.  I am a Professor of Russian Studies at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California.  I have been teaching at Occidental College since 1995. I received a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Southern California in 1994.  I … Continue reading My (Unsuccessful) Appeal to the Australian Government to Accept Circassian Refugees from Syria

Explosion in Ingushetia: Attack or Provocation?

This is an interesting development. ******************************************* Explosion in Ingushetia: Attack or Provocation?  13.12.2018 from The Caucasus Times: December 13, Caucasus Times. “An assault on the staff of the Rosgvard stationed in Ingushetia and the subsequent murder of two Ingush activists was a planned action aimed at discrediting the Ingush opposition,” people in Ingushetia are saying. … Continue reading Explosion in Ingushetia: Attack or Provocation?

Walt Richmond’s Address to the Conference “Circassians in the 21st Century: Identity and Survival—In the Homeland and Diaspora,” Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden, November 2017

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to talk about my research, and especially to Professor Hansen for inviting me here today. It’s encouraging to see the field of Circassian studies grow since so much I first started working on Circassian history, when there was in English only Stephen Shenfield’s 1999 article on the ethnic … Continue reading Walt Richmond’s Address to the Conference “Circassians in the 21st Century: Identity and Survival—In the Homeland and Diaspora,” Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden, November 2017

Activists Contend Political Obstacles to Repatriation of Circassians to Russia

I have an article dealing with this subject and the many problems the Syrian War creates for Moscow vis-a-vis the Caucasus. I have to wait concerning its possible publication elsewhere, but if it turns out it won't be published in that place I'll put the article here. In the meantime, this is a translation of … Continue reading Activists Contend Political Obstacles to Repatriation of Circassians to Russia