Russia is hosting the Winter Olympics this year in Sochi. Buried under all the hoopla is the real sad genocidal history of the Czarist era. It was once a Muslim region before Czar of Russia carried out a genocide in the 19th century that killed hundreds and thousands of Muslims! At least 600,000 people lost their lives to massacre, starvation, and the elements while hundreds of thousands more were forced to leave their homeland. By 1864, three-fourths of the population was annihilated, and the Circassians had become one of the first stateless peoples in modern history.
Of the present population of more than 300,000 people, only 20,000 are Muslims but there is no official mosque! But during the Ottoman era, hundreds of mosques (like the one seen below) dotted the skyline.
Here is an example: the Lala Tulip Masjid of Bashkortostan, Russia, built in the shape of an tulip unfolding. The tulip was the symbol of the Turkic people in ancient times.
Professor Brian Williams who teaches Islamic History at University of Massachussets at Dartmouth has written an excellent article on the Dark Secret behind the Sochi Olympics in the Huffington Post, which most of us are unaware of. He writes, "It was 150 years ago in the winter of 1864 that the Circassians were driven from their burning mountain villages at the point of Russian bayonets to the Ottoman Empire in what is today Turkey and much of the Middle East. Critically, the fleeing Circassians' final port of departure from their ancient homeland was the Black Sea town of Sochi. The descendants of modern Europe's first genocide ... can still be found scattered across Turkey and the Middle East."
He continues, "The twin bombings in Volgograd in late December 2013 and an earlier one in October are clearly meant to show the Russians that the Chechen-Dagestani terrorists have reignited their terror jihad. They are also meant to remind the world of the tragedy that befell the Circassians of the Caucasus's Black Sea shore exactly 150 years ago this winter. This is the dark secret that Russia's authoritarian leader, Putin, does not want the world to know. Putin has thus far been very successful in conflating Russia's neo-colonial war against Chechen separatists with America's war on nihilist Al Qaeda Arab terrorists. Any attempt to remind the world of Imperial Russia/Post-Soviet Russia's war crimes in the Caucasus is a threat to Putin's pet project, the whitewashed Sochi Olympics. This of course not to excuse the brutal terroristic acts of the Caucasian Emirate or the Chechen rebels, but it certainly provides the one thing that Putin does not want the world to see as he constructs his "Potemkin village" in Sochi, and that is an honest account of the events that have made this the most terrorist fraught Olympic games since the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich."
The article can be read by clicking here.