Authorities of Kabardino-Balkaria blame provocateurs for interethnic conflict

Authorities of Kabardino-Balkaria blame provocateurs for interethnic conflict
The reason for ethnic riots occurred was a battle which took place in the 18th century

The Balkars refused to let mounted Kabardins to reach the top of mountain Kanjal, which resulted in skirmishes.

The first deputy minister of the Karachayevo-Cherkessian Republic for nationalities, mass communications and press, Islam Khubiev, recorded message to the residents of Kabardino-Balkaria, where an interethnic conflict has been flaring up for the second day. The reason for the conflict was that the Kabardins organized an equestrian procession in honor of the 310th anniversary of the Kanjali battle, which, according to the Balkars, has never happen.

On his Instagram page, Islam Khubiev appealed to “manipulators” who organized the “unscrupulous, vile action, the meaning of which was tear the two fraternal peoples apart,” and asked them to “stop their intentions.” In addition, the deputy minister asked the youth of Kabardino-Balkaria “to be unite, not to follow these behind-the-scenes, dishonest puppeteers.” “There is no issue that cannot be resolved through a dialogue,” Khubiyev added.

It is to be recalled that the ethnic conflict in the country flared up after the Balkars refused to let the Kabardins, who wanted to make an ascent to the summit of Mount Kanjal in honor of the 310th anniversary of the Kabardians’ victory in the Kanjali battle. The horsemen reach the top pf the mountain going around the village. Soon, activists arrived there and demanded to let the procession pass on their way back. Pogroms and shooting began, roads were blocked.

National Guard arrived to stop the riots and blocked the village. The situation continued to escalade in the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria, Nalchik, as well as in neighboring Baksan.

It is to be noted that similar disturbances occurred in Kabardino-Balkaria exactly 10 years ago. Then, on the 300th anniversary of the Kanjali battle, residents of Kendelen also refused to let the mounted procession, which resulted in clashes. Then, the ethnic conflict was resolved quickly.

During the Kanjali battle of 1708, Circassians (Kabardians), under the leadership of Prince Kurgoko Atazhukin, defeated the army of the Crimean Khan Kaplan Giray and defended their independence. They consider this victory as one of the main events in their national history. According to Balkars living in Kendelen, this battle has never happened.

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