This is my land: Sochi's indigenous people, January 22

22 Jan 2014

The region of Greater Sochi, originally called “Circassia”, used to be the homeland of the Circassian people, most of whom were displaced by the Russian army in the 19th century, leading to the deaths of many. The Russian army's massacre of the Cirassians was recognised as genocide, and only around 700,000 Circassians remain, according to reports. When Russia was awarded the right to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, many said this was the "second genocide" of the Circassians who have been evicted from their lands, raising an outcry among the diaspora. All photos from Reuters.

 

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