Moscow Works to Transform Circassians ‘from a Problem to an Asset’ 6

Its “priority tasks,” the ICA leader says, “are the preservation and development of the cultural and spiritual heritage of the Circassian people, the promotion of interethnic peace and concord, the involvement of representatives of the foreign Circassian diaspora in the process of forming in their countries a stable pro-Russian trend and the use of their cultural, intellectual, and economic potential in Russia and abroad in the interests of the Russian Federation.”


Khauty SokhrokovAngered by the success Circassians had at the time of the Sochi Olympics in focusing international attention on the Russian genocide of their ancestors in 1864 and by the insistence of Circassians that their co-ethnics in war-torn Syria should be allowed to return to the North Caucasus, Moscow has adopted a two-pronged strategy.

On the one hand, Russian news outlets have sharply criticized those Circassians who oppose Moscow’s line, criticism that many cases has proved counter-productive from Moscow’s point of view because its responses to the Circassians has had the effect of attracting even more attention to their cause.

And on the other hand, Moscow officials have worked quietly to undermine Circassians in another and more serious way: splitting some Circassian organizations by the dispatch of its own agents and forming Russian-controlled Circassian groups who can be counted on to follow the Kremlin’s line and thus transform Circassians from a problem to an asset.
 
Tracking these activities has always been difficult. But the results of this policy are increasingly clearly in evidence, with at least some Circassian organizations now more or less completely reliable from Moscow’s point of view and thus in a position to deny other Circassian organizations of their ability to present their views as those of the nation as a whole.

An example of this is provided by the statement of Khauty Sokhrokov, the president of the International Circassian Association, in which he says openly “’the Circassian question’ can now become a resource for the advancement of the positions of Russia in the world and not a problem for the country” (gorchakovfund.ru/news/12068/).
 
Circassians, Sokhrokov says, currently live in “more than 50 countries” around the world in each of which they play an important role.  “Today,” he continues, “we must learn to exert influence on the iinternational space with the help of our cultural, historical and political values,” to promote “a pro-Russian position” because Circassians are “a Russian people.”
 
The International Circassian Association has been in operation since 1991, with branches in the Circassian republics of the North Caucasus, Moscow, Krasnodar kray, Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Israel, Europe and in the American states of California and New Jersey.  It thus has the opportunity to help Moscow during crises like Ukraine and over the longer term.

Its “priority tasks,” the ICA leader says, “are the preservation and development of the cultural and spiritual heritage of the Circassian people, the promotion of interethnic peace and concord, the involvement of representatives of the foreign Circassian diaspora in the process of forming in their countries a stable pro-Russian trend and the use of their cultural, intellectual, and economic potential in Russia and abroad in the interests of the Russian Federation.”

The ICA is also interested in promoting the resettlement of Circassians from Syria, he continues, singling out for high praise “the efforts of the Russian Federation for the peaceful resolution of the situation” there and its willingness to allow 1,000 of the Syrian Circassians to return to their historical homeland.

According to Sokhrokov, some Circassians consider what happened in 1864 to be a genocide, but “contemporary Circassian society recognizes that the Caucasus war was the result of the policy of tsarist Russia and do not shift the blame for the tragedy of the Adygs onto contemporary Russia.”

What is needed is an objective discussion of the past, and that, he suggests, is happening in Russia. As a result, “today the Adygs are finding a common language both with the Russians and with other peoples among whom they live.” And he concludes with words that are likely to be music to the ears of the current Russian government.
 
“A sober view on the fate of the Adyg people,” Sokhrokov says, “confirms the value of the single correct path chosen by our ancestors almost half a millennium ago – the furthermost building and development together with Russia.”

 

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Комментарии (6)


  1. Перевел статью через транслит, у меня возникло двойственное чувство. С одной стороны статья как бы критикует МЧА и Сохрокова, с другой стороны, больше смахивает на популиризацию политики МЧА с легкой критикой.

    Такое у меня сложилось впечитление.

  2. I think the article should talk about it: 

    ICA and KAFFED supported Sochi Olympics, they ignored the feelings Circassians around the world.

  3. Шордэн  25 июля 2014, 23:39   0

    Получается как обычно : "УЭЛЪЭГЪИ Я  НЕ Я, МЫ ГЪОЛОФК1ЭРИ НЭ МОЙ"

    Продажные люмпены делают свое грязное дело!

  4. Агуй  25 июля 2014, 23:42   0

    Адыгэр зыгорэми езэонэу фаеп. Адыгэр зыфаер ичъыгужъ ыгъотыжьынэу ары. Зыми имылъку тенэц1ырэп. Лъэ1оу ти1эр зы - тыкъэжъугъэк1ожь. Тишъу1агъэ къышъэмык1ытымэ, тизэрагъ къышъэк1ыщтэп. Бгыгъэу Урысием телъыри тырихыжьыщт.

  5. Мыщэ  26 июля 2014, 01:51   0

    There is a remarkable rationale behind Sokhrokov's words. He says Circassians MUST promote pro-Russian point of view on political affairs around the globe, in the countries they live in. But he never explains WHY Circassians must do that. What good will it do for Adyghe people globally? Will it facilitate the repatriation to Circassian historical homeland? Apparently not, because Moscow's message is explicit - Circassians must stay where they are now, scattered around 50 countries. Will it bring closer the recognition of Circassian genocide? No again, because now demanding it is viewed as "shifting the blame" onto modern Russia. Will it help prevent assimilation, preserve the Circassian language, our traditional way of life? No, no, no. Then why in the world would Circassians need do what mr.Sokhrokov tells us to do?!

    Honestly, I am glad that the ICA is breaking bad in front of the entire international Circassian community. It ridicules itself, in a little time it will self-destruct. It is turning into a muppet show that one can't watch without popcorn and soda.

  6. щылыч  26 июля 2014, 11:19   0
    Джары - хабзэ тэ1ошь тыщыс. Сыд мы хьэйуаным кьылэжьыгьэр хабзэк1э ? Кьамыщк1э уутахьынышь, мыжьом еппхынышь - псыхадзэ !

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