Staunton, May 31 – The Republic of Adygeya has seen its population grow by 57,000 people or 13 percent since 2010, according to the preliminary results from the most recent Russian census (sovetskaya-adygeya.ru/2022/05/30/chislennost-zhitelej-adygei-za-10-let-uvelichilas-na-57-tysyach-chelovek/).
According to NatPress, the Circassian news agency, this increase reflects in-migration “in the first instance from abroad” rather than being the product of more births than deaths over the last 11 years (natpressru.info/index.php?newsid=12857
As a result, only a few thousand of the more than seven million Circassians living abroad have been able to return, according to official figures. But the new census data suggest, if NatPress is correct in its analysis, that the real figures may be far higher and that Moscow is losing control of this situation.
The new figures help explain why Moscow is now increasing its efforts to block Circassian in-migration in various ways and why tensions between Russian officialdom and the Circassians at home and abroad have been rising dramatically in recent months as a result (jamestown.org/program/tensions-between-moscow-and-circassians-reach-crisis-proportions/).