Press release of the Circassian activists in Istanbul

On 16 November Circassian activists did a meeting in Polonezkoy (Adampol) in Istanbul regarding the recognition of the Circassian genocide. In the meeting participated Circassian activists from Turkey, Jordan and Europe. The action organized under the name "Never Again".

from the 3 minute in English


Just as the Berlin Wall literally moved several hundred kilometers to the east since it collapsed 25 years ago, situation on the ground deteriorated for Circassians too.

Winter Olympics in 2014 were held in Sochi, the ancestral land of Circassians, despite a global campaign to remove it, Syrian Circassians caught in the civil war were not allowed to return to their homeland, and Moscow ignored demands to recognize Circassian Genocide, to name just a few grievances.

All Russian President Vladimir Putin had to say was that Circassians were an “atavism of the Cold War.”

Circassian Question dating back to 1864 was abruptly reduced to the Cold War in Mr. Putin’s words. 

Georgia was the first nation to recognize Circassian Genocide in 2011. 

Then we appealed to brotherly Ukraine hoping it would be next. 

On November 11,on her national day, we formally requested Poland to recognize the Circassian Genocide. 

Circassian and Polish peoples have collaborated on several occasions in history.

First, several thousand Polish volunteers have fought with Circassians in the nineteenth century struggle for freedom against advancing Russian forces. 

Second, following Bolshevik Revolution Pilsudski’s Poland sponsored Prome the movement bringing together non-Russian emigres in 1920’s and 1930’s.

Third, Poland has served as a bridge between former Communist countries and the West since 1989. 

Under the Polish motto of  “za nasza i wasza wolnosc” (“for your and our freedom”) Circassians and Polesh share a common vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace.

Recognition of the Circassian Genocide is the first step to a peaceful resolution of the Circassian Question.

Appeal to Poland will be the final act in 2014, the 150th anniversary of the Circassian Genocide.

So let us hail the world from the symbolic venue of Adampol, named after late Prince Adam Czartoryski who was a friend of the Circassian people:




“Never Again” Circassian Initiative