Three things make this development important. First, it is an organization from below rather than above. Almost all of the existing Circassian organizations have been created by officials either overtly or covertly. This one appears entirely to spring from the population. As a result, it is likely to be much stronger.
Second, this is yet another sign that the campaign to have all the groups Moscow has subdivided into separate nations to come together and declare themselves Circassians in the upcoming 2020 census is taking off, a development that will challenge Moscow’s ability to keep these peoples apart. Once they declare themselves Circassians, they will want a Circassia.
And third, the linkage of this extremely popular idea to the need to defend republics and to call on Moscow and the international community to recognize what Russian forces have done to the Circassians as a genocide suggests that a modern national movement is taking place, one that the central government will have ever more difficulty in countering.
Indeed, for the first time since the 2014 Olympics when Circassians attracted worldwide attention by pointing to the fact that the killing fields of the Russian genocide took place on exactly the grounds where Putin’s games were occurring, there seems to be good reason to conclude that the Circassian national movement is again gaining strength.