19 June, 2016

Ahiska Turks

I recently learned more about Russia's ethnic groups Ahiska Turks, also known as Meskhetian and Akhaltsikhe. I find Turks fascinating and this is what influenced my desire to learn more about them.

I read about Ahiska Turks originating from Georgia, and between the border of Turkey. Many are unaware their exact origins and history prior to 1926. Also, about these individuals being refugees. Prior to this information, I was oblivious to this race until doing research on Russia's ethnic groups. I read Ahiska Turks' languages are Turkish (different than in Turkey), Russian and Uzbek. Their presence in Russia, although perhaps not entirely welcomed also is making things more clearer.

Due to the reading I have done, so far I have found out of discrimination and dislike of Ahiska Turks. 2004, was when the US started allowing refugees into the country. They were treated differently than in Russia.

I mentioned this trait due to the race being kind of rare. The pure Ahiska Turks are even rarer. Yes, it does seem however they are some sort of a mixed race. The other reason was that there isn't much information on Ahiska Turks. I am still trying to learn more though. All I did learn is their civil rights progress, where they are located and the cultural combination of Turkish, Russian and others. Also similarity in behaviour and habits.

The Ahiska Turks seem nonexistent to me and went through quite a lot throughout history.   

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