Friday, June 9, 2023

New Circassian Committee More Political and Youth Oriented than Other Circassian Groups, Organizers Say

Paul Goble

            Staunton, June 7 – Russian pressure on and penetration of Circassian organizations abroad, generational changes in the community, and divisions about strategy and tactics among the more than five million Circassians in the diaspora have combined to produce more organizations which are often at odds with one another.

            In Turkey, home to the largest focus on local issues; but some are controlled by Moscow or openly hostile to it. Into this mix has now appeared the Circassian Committee, which defines itself as political, directed at the rising generation and supportive of an independent Circassia in the North Caucasus (

            On the one hand, this new group promises to be more politically active than many of the others and to be a harbinger of increasing activism by young Circassians who want to see change now. And on the other, it is certain to find itself increasingly in conflict with Moscow-controlled Circassian organizations.

            For background on this, see, and

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