Friday 19 September 2008

Kendelen settlement Inhabitants (Kabardino-Balkaria) stopped horsemen of the horse campaign


The started on September, 14th from Abkhazia’s square in the city of Nalchik the horse run, devoted to the 300th anniversary of the victory of Kabarda in Kanzhal battle and recognition of independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, in the morning on September, 15th was collided with an unexpected barrier. In 50 kilometers from Nalchik in the area of Balkarian settlement Kendelen inhabitants of the settlement, refusing to let through blocked the road to Kanzhal mountain for the horsemen.

As the member of the Council of Elders of Balkarian people Tamara Gerieva phoned to “Caucasian unit” correspondent, the opposition proceeds now. The head of the administration of Kendelen settlement, the head of the area and the chief of the area militia ask to let go the horsemen.

"The horsemen, - Tamara Gerieva told, - have already expressed their readiness to return". "We demand to drop to the place of the event the head of the Kabardino-Balkarian president administration Albert Kazharov in connection with that at the moment the president of the republic is off", - she added.

According to Tamara Gerieva, the situation is caused by that Balkarians do not agree the way the history is interpreted, they do not agree with celebrating the 300th anniversary of Kanzhal fight, as they have their point of view on that event. The Balkarian historians, addressed by “Caucasian unit” correspondent, refused from comments.

Let's remind, the horse trip, devoted to the 300th anniversary of Kanzhal fight and recognition of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, was organized by the Abkhazian volunteers union, the Union of Afghanistan veterans, as well as other public organizations.

For participation in the action extent in 500 kilometers it was chosen the best horses of the studs of the republic. For of the seven days way the participants of the campaign planned to visit 28 settlements of the republic.

Before their departure a meeting took place on the square. The acted remarked the meaning of two historical events - the 300th anniversary of Kabarda’s victory above the Crimean khan Kaplan-Ghirey in Kanzhal fight and recognition of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Representatives of South Ossetia took part in the action, too; they expressed their gratitude to its organizers.

According to one of the organizers of the action Zamir Shuhov, the national horse trips of such scale had not passed in Kabardino-Balkaria over 50 years. "They are of great importance for the youth patriotic education, inoculation of respect for the national cultures and history of the peoples ", - Shuhov informed “Caucasian unit " correspondent.

About Kanzhal battle the historical sources inform the following.

Since the beginning of 1708 the Crimean khanate began mobilization of the military forces for a war against Kabarda. The number of Crimean-Turkish army made from 40 000 up to 100 000 men.

Before the Crimean intrusion in Kabarda the Supreme prince of Kabarda Kurgoko Atazhukin achieved the full consolidation of the political elite and, accordingly, association of the military resources of specific princedoms. However the number of the armed forces of Kabarda was much lesser than the conquerors’ one (from 7 up to 12 thousand soldiers).

In the middle of the summer 1708 Tatar-Turkish armies started a military operation. The active military opposition proceeded within a month and a half.

In the beginning of September, 1708 there was a night battle near Kanzhal mountain that was the culmination of all the military campaign of that year. From the Khan’s armies approximately 5 thousand men escaped.

Kabarda, after its victory by Kanzhal, not only did not pay any tribute to Bakhchisarai, but also went over to the offensive, and in August, 1711 crushed again on Kuban the 15-thousand Crimean army.

Kanzhal battle belongs to the number of the largest night battles in the military history.

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