Friday, 7 February 2014

Circassian Genocide and Sochi 150 years ago

As the opening ceremony comes and passed, Sochi's unique history begins to slowly surface. Circassians aka Agydhe have been in protesting in Turkey, Russia and in other countries against the Olympics. About 150 years ago, the Circassians also known as the Agydhe were forcefully removed from North Caucasus where they live in Adgygea or Circassia, Karachay-Cherkessia and Kabardino-Balkaria. Sochi which is a Circassian word also had a large Circassian population until 1860. Circassians made up the majority of the people in North Caucasus a century ago. They were massacred and removed from republics outlined in red in the map below. Today, Circassians are scattered around the region and Turkey.

Circassians and Olympics: Did age of Genocide begin in Sochi?

Sochi stirs Circassian nationalism?

The North Caucasian republics that were once home to a large Circassian population outlined in red and bordering Sochi on the Black Sea.

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