Russian troop strength in North Caucasus same as at peak of Russo-Circassian War, Beshto says

"Highlanders Leaving Their Village" by Petr Gruzinsky shows the deportation by the Russian Empire of Circassians, the indigenous peoples of North Caucasus from their homeland at the end of the Russo-Circassian War. Russia started the expulsion before the end of the war in 1864 and mostly completed it by 1867. The peoples exiled were mainly the Circassians (Adyghe), Ubykhs, Abkhaz, and Abaza. (Image: Wikimedia)Today, more than 150 years after the end of the Russo-Circassian War (1763-1864) ended, and despite all the twists and turns of Russian policy, there are almost exactly the same number of Russian troops in the North Caucasus as there were at the peak of the war there in the nineteenth century, Aslan Beshto says. …

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