Circassian congress received official reply to its reference to president of Russian Federation about recognition of genocide against Adygs 10.1.2007
The official note that the reference of the Circassian organizations to the president of Russia about recognition of the genocide against Circassians (Adygs) committed in the XVIII-XIX centuries had been sent for consideration to the department on internal policies of the staff of the plenipotentiary of the president in the SFD, addressed to the chairman of the Adygeya republican social movement "Circassian congress" Murat Berzegov, on January 9th, was received.
In the interview the deputy chief of the state department Vasily Gatashov stated to IА REGNUM correspondent that the department is not authorized to solve that question "but according to the developed practice questions of the regional level are usually directed for consideration to the staff of the plenipotentiary of the president". "This is a very difficult problem, and first of all we would like to learn the historians’ opinion", - Gatashov said. With that purpose the department had addressed to the Southern science centre of the Russian academy of sciences.
According to Gatashov, the experts promised to answer up to the end of January, 2007. The further steps are not clear. As Gatashov declared, corresponding procedure is not adjusted with any federal law.
Meanwhile, as the vice-president of "Circassian congress" Zaur Dzeukozhev told in his interview to IА REGNUM correspondent, the expert judgement of the Russian academy of sciences on the mentioned question had been already made. It had been made in 2005 according to the reference of the Circassian public organizations to the State Duma of Russia with request to consider the problem concerned recognition of the genocide against Circassians (Adygs) committed during XVIII-XIX centuries. However, according to Dzeukozhev, that document was not given to "Circassian congress" and "its contents is not known to us".
As IА REGNUM earlier informed, to the president of Russia with request to solve the Circassian question the Circassian public organizations had addressed twice. First time, in 2005, there was no reply. The repeated reference to the President of Russia was sent on November 17th, 2006 signed by the 6 Circassian public organizations.