WiP: Axmet Tsalykkaty: A Free Mountaineer in Tiflis 1919-1920

By Sarah Slye, University of Cambridge

Date: April 3, 2019, at 18:30 pm
Venue: CRRC Georgia, 5 Chkhikvadze Str. (Former 5 Chavchavadze ave.), I floor.

Axmet Tsalykkaty was an Ossetian Muslim and Menshevik. Participating in revolutionary activities in Vladikavkaz in 1905, he later relocated to St. Petersburg where he emerged as a leader among his Mountaineers and Muslims. In February 1917, Tsalykkaty was elected to the Petrograd Soviet and in May made chairman of the All-Russian Central Muslim Soviet. After the October coup, we see him openly criticizing both the Bolsheviks and the Mountaineer political leadership, the latter for cooperating with Cossacks. Following a stint back in the Terek Oblast, Tsalykkaty is forced by the Whites’ takeover of the North Caucasus to flee to Tbilisi. There he edits the weekly Volnyj gorets newspaper, which ran from September 1919 to December 1920. Largely based on the contents of this journal, this presentation provides an analysis of the Tskykkaty’s political and ideological stances as they evolved over the revolution and civil war period in Russia and the Caucasus. It also explores how he reconciled his seemingly contradictory identities.

Sarah Slye is a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Cambridge. She has an MA in Near Eastern Studies and an MA in Russian and Eastern European Studies. Her research focuses on debates surrounding the political future of the Caucasian nationalities during the Russian Revolution and Civil War period. She has two children and resides primarily in Tbilisi.

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