Staunton, February 25 – The new round of tensions between Ankara and Moscow has give the Circassians of Turkey an opening to request that the Turkish parliament recognize as an act of genocide the policies of the tsarist Russian government against their ancestors, something it is more likely to do now than in the past.
The Circassian Federation of Turkey has handed in to the Turkish parliament a 21-page document documenting the crimes against humanity committed by the tsarist authorities in the hopes of securing Ankara’s official recognition of those actions as a genocide (capost.media/news/politika/federatsiya-cherkesskikh-organizatsiy-turtsii-trebuet-priznat-genotsid-cherkesov-/ and natpressru.info/index.php?newsid=11920
Yerkhov sparked a controversy last week when he suggested that any Circassians who left the Caucasus in 1864 did so voluntarily and that they had every right to remain if they wanted to. That offended all Circassians, and they are still furious despite his subsequent apology (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2020/02/russian-diplomats-suggestion-that.html).
The Circassians of KBR undoubtedly have concluded that they have a better chance to achieving their goal for the same reason that the Circassians in Turkey have.