Circassian Days in Anaklia


Circassian Days started in Anaklia. A memorial, dedicated to the Circassian Genocide committed by the Russian Empire, opened in the center of Anaklia. Hussein Kochesokov, a Kabardo-Balakarian artist is the creator of the memorial.  Representatives from the legislative and executive branches of the Georgian Government and guests from different countries attended Circassian Days. Before the memorial opening, participants, accompanied with Circassian songs, sailed the Black sea over which Circassian families were forced to emigrate. In respect to the victims of the Circassian Genocide, they threw red roses from ships.

The scientific conference ‘Expecting Results of the Recognition of the Circassian Genocide and an exhibition showing secret documents and letters which prove the Circassian Genocide were held within the framework of the event. The conference was organized by The Office of the State Minister of Georgia together with Ilia State University, the Jamestown Foundation and the Circassian Cultural Centre. Representatives from Circassian diaspora, Circassian public figures, Ms. Winston Packer, the Helsinki Commission’s policy advisor on political –military security issues, Mr. Iyad Youghar, Chair of the International Circassian Council, Mr. Ibragim Yaganov, a Circassian public figure, Mr. Nusret Bas, a representative of the Circassian diaspora in Turkey, Ms. Margarita Asenova, the Jamestown Foundation’s  Director of programs for  the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia and scientists from different countries working on Circassian issues were among the conference participants.

Mirza (Papuna) Davitaia, State Minister of Georgia on Diaspora Issues and Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Diaspora and Caucasian Issues Nugzar Tsiklauri welcomed guests. A concert of Circassian and Georgian ensembles closed the Circassian Days at 7:00 PM, at Ganmukhuri theatre. 


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