North Caucasian activists say the Sochi Olympics will write them out of history.
By Azamat Bram in Maikop (CRS No. 413, 05-Oct-07)
Circassian associations in the North Caucasus have spoken out against staging the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014, arguing that the games will take place on land where their ancestors were subject to ethnic cleansing.
The strong stand taken by activists comes as the political leader of Adygeia, a Circassian autonomous region in Russia, has backed the games. Announcements made in Moscow about the Winter Olympics have failed to mention the Circassians’ historical presence along the Black Sea coast, where Sochi is located.
"We support the Olympic movement, as its principles are based on strengthening peace and friendship between nations," Murat Berzegov, the leader of the Circassian Congress of the Republic of Adygeia, told IWPR. "However, I cannot see that these principles are compatible with holding the ...