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Why They Live to Be 100, Or Even Older, in Abkhasia, by Sula Benet (1971)

This article was first published in The New York Times, in 26 December 1971

By Sula Benet

NOT long ago, in the village of Tarnish in the Soviet Republic of Abkhasia, I raised my glass of wine to toast a man who looked no more than 70. “May you live as long as Moses (120 years),” i said. He was not pleased. He was 119.

Read more: Why They Live to Be 100, Or Even Older, in Abkhasia, by Sula Benet (1971)

Circassia-The Vixen - Freeman's Journal - Friday 24 March 1837

CIRCASSIA-THE VIXEN

(From the Journal des Debats.)

Freeman's Journal - Friday 24 March 1837

To understand the question relative to the Vixen, it is necessary to be acquainted with the present state of the coast of the Black Sea, more particularly as respects the country of the Abasians. The Abasians are composed of about forty thousand families. They inhabit the western side of the Caucasus, and the valleys which descend from that mountain range towards the sea. Behind them, in the glens and on the summits of those mountains, dwell the Circassians. These Abasians are the descendants from the ancient inhabitants of the country; they were independent of the Emperors of Byzantium, as they have since been of the Turks ; at most they occasionally paid a tribute. Nevertheless, they became Christians at the instance of the emperors, and received Islamisms from the hands of the sultans.

Read more: Circassia-The Vixen - Freeman's Journal - Friday 24 March 1837

Abkhasian Mountaineers - The Graphic (London, England), September 8, 1877

The Graphic (London, England), Saturday, September 8, 1877; Issue 406

ABKHASIA is a somewhat undefined strip of the country lying between the great Caucasian Mountain range and the Black Sea, west of Swanetia and Mingrelia. It is rich in fertile soil and forests, but the inhabitants are too inactive to reap the benefits and advantages conferred upon them by Nature.

Read more: Abkhasian Mountaineers - The Graphic (London, England), September 8, 1877

Skin Color Creates No Barrier To Africans In The Soviet Union - (Afro-American 1973, - Part 3)

In February 1973, an African-American newspaper published a series of three articles about Africans in the Soviet Union, in particular those in Abkhazia. The article below is the final in the series. Articles has been transcribed verbatim from the original text, which was published in February 1973.

Skin Color Creates No Barrier To Africans In The Soviet Union

THE AFRO-AMERICAN -  FEBRUARY 17, 1973

By Slava Tynes


(Final of Three Parts)

Read more: Skin Color Creates No Barrier To Africans In The Soviet Union - (Afro-American 1973, - Part 3)

Many Africans Came To The Soviet Union During Turkish Rule (Afro-American 1973, - Part 2)

In February 1973, an African-American newspaper published a series of three articles about Africans in the Soviet Union, in particular those in Abkhazia. The article below is the second in the series.

Many Africans Came To The Soviet Union During Turkish Rule

THE AFRO-AMERICAN-  FEBRUARY 10, 1973

By Slava Tynes


(Second of three parts)

Read more: Many Africans Came To The Soviet Union During Turkish Rule (Afro-American 1973, - Part 2)

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