A delegation of diaspora Circassians visit a stone that marks a former settlement destroyed during the...
A delegation of diaspora Circassians visit a memorial stone that marks a former settlement destroyed during the Russian Caucasian war in Bolshoy Kichmay in Greater Sochi October 15, 2013. Circassians are a people indigenous to the North Caucasus region, most of whom were scattered across the globe by a 19th century tsarist military campaign that caused the deaths of huge numbers. Many Circassians have called for the killings to be recognised as genocide, and have campaigned against the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, set to take place in the very same broad valleys and mountain slopes they say hold the bones of their ancestors. A delegation of Circassians hailing from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Israel, Canada, Germany and the U.S. travelled to the North Caucasus to visit historic sites of their ancestor's homeland ahead of the Olympics. Picture taken October 15, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY)
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