No One Asked North Caucasians about Possible Resettlement of South African Boers in Their Land
July 8 – Moscow’s plans to resettle some or all of approximately 15,000 Boers
from South Africa in the North Caucasus has infuriated residents of that region
for three reasons, experts say. First of all, the Christian Boers have no links
to the region and would not fit into the predominantly Muslim communities there.
no one from the center bothered to ask the opinions of the local nations,
highlighting the extent to which they remain objects of Moscow’s policies
rather than subjects in their own right. And third, Moscow’s readiness to resettle
Christian Boers there has highlighted its unwillingness to resettle the Muslim Circassians
from Syria in their own historical homeland.
first party of Boers has arrived in Stavropol, and its members say that they
plan to reconnoiters the situation in Karachayevo-Cherkessia first and then explore
the possibilities in other North Caucasus republics as well as Crimea, the
Kuban and Rostov Oblast, Khasanova reports.They have shown particular interest in cultivating ties with Cossack