February 7, 2014

Sochi Haunted by Forgotten Genocide

Oliver Bullough, The New Republic

The Associated Press

Beginning Friday night, hundreds of millions of people will tune in to the Winter Olympics, which Russia hopes will prove to the world that the country has re-emerged as a world power after its long, post-Soviet funk—and that Sochi itself deserves "international resort" status. Elided from this narrative, though, is what took place in exactly the same spot 150 years ago, when Sochi's indigenous residents were routed by the Imperial Russian Army, the survivors herded onto ships and exiled, never to return.

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TAGGED: Sochi, Sochi Olympics, Russia, Circassians

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