The Tulip Tree in the dwelling settlement of Golovinka, Lazarevsky District of Sochi. Photo from the website "Flora Zemli"

03 October 2017, 20:31

Construction plans at Tulip Tree outrage Gvashev

The Sochi authorities want to build restaurants and hotels at the Tulip Tree, sacred for Adygs, said Ruslan Gvashev, a Circassian activist, who is on a hunger strike since September 11 in protest against the fine imposed on him for praying at the Tree on the Adygs' Memory Day.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that today Gvashev's health condition has improved – he was able to get out of his bed and speak.

He said that the reason for his harassment by the authorities became clear after the announcement of Sochi Mayor’s plans to build-up the territory around the Tulip Tree.

"They drove 36,000 Circassians from 74 auls under this tree and exterminated them. How dare they build anything in this sacred place?" he was indignant.

Anatoly Pakhomov, Sochi Mayor, said that the dwelling settlement of Golovinka (where the Tulip Tree is situated, – note of the “Caucasian Knot”) will become attractive for investors and tourists.

Aslan Gvashev, Ruslan’s relative, reports that today his fellow villagers held a mass prayer in Rusla’s support.

The modern Black Sea auls preserve the veneration of sacred trees, says Naima Neflyasheva, a Senior Researcher of the Centre for Civilization and Regional Studies of the Africa Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), who is running her blog entitled "Northern Caucasus through centuries" on the "Caucasian Knot".

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

Author: Anna Gritsevich; Source: CK correspondent

All news

June 20, 2018 14:12

  • In Rostov-on-Don, most fire victims return home

    On June 19, in Rostov-on-Don, more than 90 residents of a four-storey apartment building located near a fan zone of the FIFA World Cup were evacuated because of a fire. The fire area covered 400 square meters. Fire victims were temporarily accommodated at a school building.

June 20, 2018 04:21

June 20, 2018 00:38

  • Manvel Grigoryan placed behind bars

    A Yerevan court has ruled to arrest Manvel Grigoryan, a former MP, accused of stealing foodstuffs and equipment intended for the army, for two months.

June 19, 2018 17:55

  • Igor Nagavkin stops hunger strike

    Igor Nagavkin, a Volgograd rights defender, has stopped his hunger strike announced in the Butyrka SIZO (pre-trial prison) in protest against his too long arrest.

June 19, 2018 16:22

  • Dagestani villagers demand not to demolish their houses

    The participants in a protest action held in the village of Novaya Shangoda-Shitlib, Kumtorkalin District of Dagestan, demanded to cancel the court judgement that prescribes to demolish their houses and blocked entry to the village for court marshals and policemen.

News archive