Union of Abaza-Adyg youth

The end of XX century is
 marked by considerable rise of national self-consciousness of Abaza-Adyg (Circassian) peoples - Abazins, Abkhazes, Adygs, Kabardians, Circassians, Shapsugs - the most ancient inhabitants of the Caucasus. It is quite natural. Abaza-Adygs (Circassians) who lived for a long time under colonial yoke of the Russian empire which is known by its intolerant attitude to all non-Russian, and then in the conditions of totalitarian communist regime didnt have possibility of itercourse with their foreign compatriots. Now they may to revive their culture, religion, traditions and customs, develop their statehood, to associate with their brothers living in more than 50 countries.
For the short historical period since the end of 80th years considerable changes occured on the political map of the Caucasus region. After desintegration of the USSR Abkhazia found itself abroad, Adygeia separated from Krasnodar region, Karachai-Circassia - from Stavropol region. These former autonomous regions together with Kabardin-Balkaria raised their status and transformed from autonomies without rights to republics of the Russian Federation.
Unfortunately, these changes were darkened by common tragedy for the whole Abaza-Adyg (Circassian) world - the war in Abkhazia which caused huge losses to human, economic and cultural resources of the small republic. But together with it this war united related Abaza-Adyg (Circassian) peoples.
As is known, once Abaza-Adygs (Circassians) were one people with common language, traditions, customs, culture. Up to now we remain united people and all the above-mentioned factors continue to unite us. Only languages vary a little but they belong to united Abaza-Adyg language family. We always felt and now feel ourselves as a united people. It was very clearly demonstrated during congresses of International Circassian Association and International Association of Abkhaz-Abazin (Abaza) people which took place in Nalchik, Maikop, Lykhny, Sukhum and Cherkessk. In preparation and conduction of these congresses all Abaza-Adyg (Circassian) peoples took part. And these congresses became good examples of their fraternal solidarity and unity.
Abaza-Adyg (Circassian) young people comprehend necessity of such unity. So in autumn of 1997 in Cherkessk Karachai-Circassian republican public organization - Union of Abaza-Adyg youth (UAAY) was created.
This organization unites young Abazins and Adygs living in Karachai-Circassian Republic. Now it has status of regional organization but in the future it will become All-Russian and then international organization.

The organizations charter determines the following objectives and tasks:
- assistance to consolidation of peace, friendship and agreement between peoples and prevention of social, national and regional conflicts;
- assistance to unification of Abazins and Adygs for revival of cultural and spiritual legacy of Abaza-Adyg (Circassian) people, preservation of its national originality, restoration of the real history of Abazins and Adygs (Circassians);
- assistance to creation of necessary conditions for further expansion of contacts of Diaspora with the historical homeland;
- assistance to solving problems facing Abaza-Adyg (Circassian) youth;
- establishment of strong relations with public organizations and first of all youth organizations of fraternal republics: Abkhazia, Adygeia, Karachai-Circassia, Kabardin-Balkaria and Shapsugia and all countries where Abaza-Adygs (Circassians) live.
- continuation of work for collection of editions and manuscripts, audio- and video-materials devoted to Circassians, creation of special library, audio- and video-collection;
- revelation of young talents;
- propaganda of the history and culture of Abaza-Adygs (Circassians).

UAAY consists of branches which are created on the territorial principle. For the time being UAAY branches exist in 5 settlements of Karachai-Circassian Republic - 3 districts and capital of the republic. It is planned to create UAAY branches in all Abazin and Adyg auls of the republic.
The charter of UAAY was registered by Ministry of Justice of Karachai-Circassian Republic on March 12, 1998 and on March 17 ceremonial delivery of Registration Certificate to Chairman of Executive Committee of UAAY took place.

Address of UAAY: Russian Federation, Karachai-Circassian, Cherkessk, Mezhdunarodnaya str., 115/1, tel.: 5-47-84.

Anzor  Bagov (Bav) 
Chairman of the Executive Committee of UAAY
Magomet Bezhanov 
Vice-Chairman of Executive Committee of UAAY
Aisa Khashukaev
Committee for sports
Aslan Kurmanaliev
Committee for foreign relations
Zara Duguzheva
Secretary of UAAY
Rafael Klychev
Committee for information and propaganda
Rustam Tkhagoshev
Committee for science and education
Yury Mazov 
Committee for religion and etiquette┴┌¤Î