Window on Eurasia: Moscow Nervous about Circassians Identifying Themselves as Circassians in Upcoming Census

Monday, August 23, 2010
Paul Goble

Staunton, August 23 – If Circassians identify themselves as such, as many activists are urging, and not as the separate nationalities the Soviets divided them into, according to Russian experts cited in an article in today’s “Rossiiskaya gazeta,” that action alone could undermine the delicate ethnic balance in many republics and even spark new conflicts in the North Caucasus.

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