Tag: Adygeya

One Russian Ecologist Released from Prison, a Second Still Inside, and a Third Likely Headed There

December 25, 2015

Staunton, December 25 — Following an international campaign, the Russian courts have released from prison camp Yevgeny Vitishko who was serving a three-year sentence for his exposure of official violations of the Russian environmental law in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics in 2014. Not surprisingly and despite both the outrageousness of the charges against […]

Why are Only Some Non-Russian Republics Led by Members of Their Titular Nationalities?

November 3, 2015

Staunton, November 3 – In the final decades of the Soviet Union, many in the non-Russian union republics began to ask why some of them were headed by members of their titular nationalities and others by Russians and increasingly demanded that members of the titular nation occupy key posts. Over time, Moscow backed down, first […]

Moscow Works to Transform Circassians ‘From a Problem to an Asset’

July 28, 2014

Staunton, July 25 – Angered by the success Circassians had at the time of the Sochi Olympics in focusing international attention on the Russian genocide of their ancestors in 1864 and by the insistence of Circassians that their co-ethnics in war-torn Syria should be allowed to return to the North Caucasus, Moscow has adopted a […]

Circassians Block Road to Protest Killing of One of Their Own

May 16, 2014

Staunton, May 16 – – Reflecting tensions between the Circassians and the Russian authorities in the run up to the commemoration later this month of the 150th anniversary of the tsarist expulsion of their ancestors and of the readiness of Circassians to defend their rights and dignity, a group of Circassians blocked a highway last […]