The Circassian Day of Mourning. Nalchik, May 21, 2016. Photo by Lyudmila Maratova for the "Caucasian Knot"

15 May 2023, 23:08

Nalchik activists refused to hold events on Circassian Day of Mourning

The authorities of Kabardino-Balkaria have banned holding events in memory of the victims of the Caucasian War, threatening responsibility for violating the ban, reports Aslan Beshto, the chair of the “Coordinating Council of Adyg Public Associations”.

The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that in 2022, the authorities of Kabardino-Balkaria refused to sanction a march in memory of the victims of the Caucasian War. Despite the ban, on May 21, a mourning meeting was held at the “Tree of Life” monument, and several dozen young people held a march in memory of the victims of the Caucasian War on the streets of Nalchik. The police drew up a report on the violation of public order against a horseman who took part in the march.

On May 20, 2022, participants of the mourning events held at the “Tree of Life” monument in Nalchik lit 101 candles. The activists criticized the republic’s authorities for cancelling the march on the Circassian Day of Mourning.

According to Aslan Beshto, the chair of the “Coordinating Council of Adyg Public Associations”, he was warned that if organizers held an unsanctioned rally, they would be brough to responsibility under the “rally” article, the “Kavkaz.Realii”* reports.

*Included by the Russian Ministry of Justice (MoJ) into the register of foreign agents.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on May 14, 2023 at 01:08 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Source: Caucasian Knot

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