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Caucasus Report

Circassian, Ossetian, Chechen Minorities Solicit Russian Help To Leave Syria

Minorities in Syria are trying to flee the heavy fighting.
Minorities in Syria are trying to flee the heavy fighting.
Representatives of Syria’s Circassian minority have been lobbying the Russian leadership since late last year for help in resettling in the three north-west Caucasus republics (Adygheya, Kabardino-Balkaria, and Karachayevo-Cherkessia) in which Circassians are a titular nationality. In recent weeks, some members of the smaller Ossetian and Chechen communities in Syria have launched similar appeals for help. 
Estimates of the size of Syria’s Circassian community vary from 55,000--60,000 to 80,000--100,000. There are an estimated 5,000 Chechens in Syria, and up to 700 Ossetians. 

The Circassians first appealed late last year to then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Republic of Adygheya head Aslan Tkhakushinov for help in leaving Syria for Russia. Some of them then travelled to Adygheya and Kabardino-Balkaria in January, around the same time as the first fugitives from Syria arrived in the North Caucasus. To date, some 320 Circassians from Syria have arrived in Kabardino-Balkaria and a further 100-plus in Adygheya. How many more want to leave Syria is not clear: many families may be unable to do so as long as the ban on men under 40 leaving the country remains in force.
The Khases -- the unofficial Circassian political organizations that defend national interests  -- began lobbying Moscow in January on behalf of their co-ethnics. But according to the chairmen of the Khases in Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachayevo-Cherkessia, Adygheya, Krasnodar Krai, and North Ossetia, those appeals have had little impact.
In a joint statement on August 1, which had been designated a Day of Solidarity with Syria’s Circassian community, they criticized the Russian leadership for ignoring repeated pleas for help from those Circassians desperate to leave Syria and settle in Russia
They noted that both the Federation Council and the Public Chamber responded to their lobbying by sending fact-finding missions to Syria in March and May respectively. The two bodies then drafted and submitted to the Russian leadership recommendations on how to respond to the crisis the Syrian Circassians face, but no concrete action has been taken. 
The signatories to the statement argue that Russia has a moral obligation to undertake “urgent measures” to save their compatriots, and that doing so would boost Russia’s international prestige and further mutual understanding among its various nationalities. 
It would also, although the signatories do not make this specific point, serve to counter the ongoing campaign by the Georgian government to win the trust and support of the Circassians. As part of that campaign, the Georgian parliament voted unanimously in May 2011 to designate as “genocide” the mass killings of Circassians by Tsarist Russian troops in the 19th century.
In late July, the head of the Ossetian community in Syria, Khashim Albegov, appealed for help to Republic of North Ossetia head Taymuraz Mamsurov on behalf of some 90 Ossetians who want to leave, but have not yet applied for Russian visas. Mamsurov immediately contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry on their behalf, and received assurance that the Russian consulate in Damascus has orders to give priority to visa applications from persons who want to leave Syria for Russia.  Mamsurov also established a government commission, headed by republican Prime Minister Sergei Takoyev, to coordinate assistance to the Syrian Ossetians
Meanwhile, a delegation representing the 6,000-strong Chechen community in Syria travelled to Grozny last month where they met with Chechen human rights ombudsman Nurdi Nukhadjiyev to discuss the possibility of settling in Chechnya. Chechen official Yusup Zubayrayev said the Russian Foreign Ministry is working on issuing long-term visas for the estimated 500 Chechens who want to come to Chechnya to live, while the Federal Migration Service is arranging residency rights for them. 
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Comment Sorting
by: Jack from: US
August 12, 2012 20:56
Russia should not accept these Circassian and Ossetian minorities. It is best to let them perish in Syria, for all we know, they could be NATO minions - each and every one of them. Even the children. Russia must not take any risks. US is biggest sponsor of terrorism.

by: Anonymous
August 12, 2012 21:24
Minorities will come to the Caucasus to meet the fighting which goes there too. its going to be worth than Syria you can count on it.

by: Jack from: US
August 13, 2012 02:59
all minorities in Syria are being targeted by Wahhabi Sunni thugs armed and sponsored by US and Saudi Arabia. US is the major sponsor of terrorism
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by: Yunus from: Moscow
August 13, 2012 07:26
There are 2000 circassians from Siria, Turkey, Jordan, Kosovo live in the Caucasus. First of them have arrived in the 199x years. None of them did not become a criminal! So Jack from US ... I think you are not from US... just a little russian fascist.
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by: Kirk from: USA
August 13, 2012 16:59
He ain't little he is a big Nazi. Funny that country which defeated Nazism accepted the idology.
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by: Bella from: Caucasus
August 14, 2012 05:36
Kirk from: USA, you are absolutely right!!!
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
August 14, 2012 07:52
You are almost righ about Jack, he is a fashist,
But even without fashist pasions - hypocrit insect.
His posts deny own previous posts - as homofobic.
I take no side in who are "Circasians" - many forgists
Since Gado-Pechenega genocided in 8 A.D. North-West
Caucasus, Alans and Georgians - but the only terrorists
are there Russian "oborotens" since the 1954-56 pact.

by: Bella from: Caucasus
August 14, 2012 05:33
to Yunus from: Moscow. You are absolutely right. Why those poor people are regarded as terrorists.
Jack from: US, you live in the USA and write that your country is the biggest sponsor of terrorists!!!!Why don't you fight against this American mission?!
Let us decide ourselves what to do with these poor people.

by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
August 14, 2012 07:57
Putin has given permission to import in Abkhazia from Syria descendants of so-called Muhajirs (аbkhazians who were allegedly deported from Abkhazia in the 19th century.)
In fact it is the Arabs brought into Abkhazia from Syria and settle in Georgian houses.
Thus Putin and аbkhaz racists are trying to solve the Georgian issue in Abkhazia from where georgians were expelled
As we know Sochi is historically Circassian land, that's why the World should demand that the city was returned to the Circassians.
If Putin will refuse to return Sochi to its rightful owners...,for the beginning to boycott Olympics and other sporting and cultural events in Russia and start forming Circassian Liberation Army to liberate hometown from Putin regime..
Putin allows аbkhaz bandits import terrorists in Abkhazia and prohibits Circassian women and children, who are suffering from a civil war in Syria, to return to their land..

So ,how do you want to treat this non- human?
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by: Anonymous
August 14, 2012 11:34
a humanist georgian ! waoooww ! if you love those circassian-cossacks so much, you can take them to your country. :)))) let them come and sit in Georgia, do you want this ? Circassians are relatives of Cossacks. They must go to Ukraine.
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
August 17, 2012 04:44
Where is my last comment?
Every time someone here find my comment
interesting to steal for Western or Eastern spies,
or to plagiarise some ideas or solutions, or it contradict
evil policy of expanding imperial Russia, or Germano-Austria,
it vanishes or appears later, after someone under-commented
my comment by his own one!
Don't be such hideous "gesheftmahers"!
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by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
August 19, 2012 02:35
To Anonymous and other putinosaurs...
Why Circassians have to go to Georgia or Ukraine? We all know that their homeland is Sochi and around..Thus, common sense and justice demands that the Circassians are back to there..
Especially because that Mr Putin already built for them a hotels and sports facilities- where Circassians children can practice..

Besides the olympic games in Sochi is impossible, because of the genocide of Circassians by the Russian Empire and the proximity to the racist,-thuggish аbkhazia- in which Georgian women and children were slaughtered ..

by: Dog Bar from: Earth
August 16, 2012 21:30
Let the games being........
War is what you want, War is what you will get
What about the victims. Thats the they will have price to pay I surpose.
What about the aftermouth well what you lose in one
hand you'll gain in another and what about Amercian, Russian,
Brittish, Jewsish, Iranian involvement well someone has to lose.
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by: Specialist
August 18, 2012 15:09
Everybody you listed is involved in the North Caucasus. This is the war for hearts and minds. Knowing the bravery of North-East Caucasian nations and their determination to fight, many powers want their land and resources be is human or natural.
Nobody cares about victims. They think Caucasians are comfortable with constant warfare and heavy losses of their lives. Different strategies to achieve their goals used by different power nations:
1. Americans use small bite and chew strategy slowly advancing from Georgia.
2. Russians use traditional brutal murder tactic which is going to fail because the North Caucasians continue to fight them for over 500 years and the war is very costly to Russia. The rift between Russia and North Caucasus is huge because of that.
3. British use old propaganda "prophecies", circa 18th century, to convince that Britain's queen is going to rule in the North Caucasus.
4. Jews use genetics and old Khazar "alliance" history.
5. Iranians use Shia religion trying to propagate the ideology that the North Caucasians are the "decedents" of Qureshi.
6. Chinese claim that the North Caucasians were part of the Great Silk Road, the name CheChen "comes" from Chen dynasty, and that even Caucasian shepherd dogs came from China.
7. Germany and France finance into "tourism".

Caucasians are fed up with the games and manipulations. Being stubborn what do North Caucasians chose?
Islam. The only force and ideology that didn't lie to them or tried to confiscate their properties or their lives.

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This blog presents analyst Liz Fuller's personal take on events in the region, following on from her work in the "RFE/RL Caucasus Report." It also aims, to borrow a metaphor from Tom de Waal, to act as a smoke detector, focusing attention on potential conflict situations and crises throughout the region. The views are the author's own and do not represent those of RFE/RL.