Ismail Bey Atazhukin (1750?-1811?)

Ismail Bey Atazhukin (Atazhuko? Hatokshoko) (1750?-1811?) was a leading Circassian (Adyghe) public figure and an opinion leader of the Circassian society of the 18th century. There are different dates suggested for his real birth and death dates. His father sent him to a Russian military school in St. Petersburg around 1750 when he was a teenager. Beginning from the 1780s, Atazhukin participated in the political life of the Tsarist Russia and Kabardia (Eastern region of Circassia). He fought in the Russian army against the Ottoman Army between 1788-1791. He entered the service of Prince G. A. Potemkin in 1788 and he took part in the Russian military campaign against the Ottoman castle Ochakov.[1]

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Musa Shabinov (Yuri Shanibov)
Musa Shanib(ov) [Yuri Shanibov]

President of the Confederation of the Peoples of the Caucasus (CPC), Chairman of the Congress of Kabardian People.

Born 25 May 1935 in the city of Nalchik in the Kabardino-Balkar ASSR, he graduated from the Law Faculty of Rostov University, a Candidate of Philosophical Sciences, Doctor of the Chair of Political Science of the Kabardino-Balkar State University. He worked in the post of Secretary for Ideology at the Kabardino-Balkar Regional Committee (VLKSM: All-Union Youth Communist League of Lenin).

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Yusuf Izzet (1876-1922)

Yusuf Izzet (Met Chunatuko Yusuf Izzet; Yusuf Izzet Pasha) (1876-1922) was a Circassian writer, activist, general of the Circassian/Caucasian diaspora in the later Ottoman Empire and early Turkish Republic. Yusuf Izzet’s family was one of the Circassian Shapsugh families that were exiled from their homeland Circassia (Northwest Caucasus) during the 1864 Circassian Exile launched by the Russian Empire. Yusuf Izzet was born in the Circassian village of Salihler founded by a community of exiled Circassians who settled in the Balkans, then under the rule of the Otoman Empire.

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Dr. Vasfi Güsar (1895-1978)

Born in Istanbul in 1895, Dr. Vasfi Güsar was a leading Circassian (Adyghe) activist and writer of the Circassian diaspora in the late Ottoman Empire and the succeding Republic of Turkey. As his father was a colonel in the Ottoman Army, Güsar received his primary education in Amman (Jordan) and secondary education in Damascus and Nablus (Syria). After graduating from a French high school in Damascus, he entered the Military Medical School in Istanbul, then capital city of the Ottoman Empire. He was sent to serve in the Gallipoli Front in 1915 during the First World War when he was still a student. He graduted from the Military Medical School in 1918 and joined the Ottoman Army. He joined the Turkish War of Independence in 1919 in Anatolia and served as a military doctor in the western front. He resigned from the army in 1928 and died in Istanbul in 1978.[1]

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Sultan Khan Girey (1808-1841)

Sultan Khan Girey (1808-1841) was a Circassian (Adyghe) historian and writer of the 19th century. Being a comtemporary of Shora Nogmo (Nogmov), another pioneering Circassian historian and folklorist, Girey made significant contributions to Circassian culture and national consciousness during his short life. Girey was a leading Circassian writer, historian,  ethnographer, folklorist, artist, and linguist who prepared an alphabet for the Circassian language. He was also a thinker interested in the social order and problems of the Circassian society.[1] 

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