Shamsutdin Neguch, a representative of the Adygey Khase group, points out that “our people from the point of view of Russian law is divided into four nationalities. In the official list, these are the Circassians, the Adygeys, the Kabardins and the Shapsugs. We however consider ourselves Adygs [Circassians].” That is the common term for all.
The total number of Adygs (Circassians) in the 2010 census was 718,000. If they all insist on that designation with census takers, that will help them to preserve their language and identity and recover their national territory, as well as unite them with the millions of Circassians living beyond the current borders of the Russian Federation.
Preserving the national language is especially critical now, one Circassian educator says. Many young Circassians even if they know their national language well are using Russian because their national language is no longer being taught in many subjects in the schools where they are enrolled.
Unfortunately, Neguch says, things have reached the most unfortunate point that some Kabardins do not know that the Shapsugs are Adygs.” Therefore, for ourselves, for Russia and for the world, “we want to declare that we are a single people although we live in different places.”
According to Olga Efendiyeva-Begret, “practically all residents’ of Kabardino-Balkaris support this effort. “Our people is divided both territorially and by nationality,” but this Flashmob technique can help us come together and resist Moscow’s efforts to destroy Circassians by dividing them up.
Circassian activist Ruslan Gvashev adds that “before the census, there must be convened an all-national congress of Adygs in order to adopt a resolution that we are defining ourselves by ourselves and that we ask to be called what we are, Circassians.”