January 9, 2014

Homeland

Photograph by Thomas Dworzak

Circassians tour their ancestral homeland in the Caucasus, where the Russian Empire carried out a brutal military campaign in the 19th century.

See more pictures from the January 2014 feature story “Putin’s Party.”

43 comments
Mohan Bhat
Mohan Bhat

Which is the place photo clicked?beautiful, I like...

Darko Skaljak
Darko Skaljak

Great picture, but unneeded comment in description: "where the Russian Empire carried out a brutal military campaign in the 19th century". Throwing that line out there just plays bad on Russian people as whole. Either put whole text about it or don't at all, this way its very disrespectful

setenay kontbay
setenay kontbay

My homeland! wish to be there one day and live forever!!! it's great to see such a beatiful photo in an ordinary morning =)

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

Beautiful shot. Obviously a very visited site. Those mountains look really lovely... and cold.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Far and near, and the details are perfect. A great picture,with a wonderful backdrop of mountains and sky.And with the mix of people its even better. Oh, the tree looks good too. j.e.s.

Aidan Liu
Aidan Liu

I like the sloppy mountain full of snow 


charles anderson
charles anderson

That would be an awesome place to see.  How many thousands of pictures could be taken there?

K. M
K. M

Impressive!

Hashem Hina
Hashem Hina


People let's be honest .. the Circassian used to live in the Caucasus before B.C :) 

russians killed %90 of the circassian population :) 

circassians are now separated around the world !!

Red Hill :- a place in Sochi, they call it the Red Hill because there's so much Circassian blood on it !! 

Russians killed men.. women.. elders.. children.. burn everything in their way ....... 

they started up a war with us because we converted to muslims in 1760 ... 
one of the Olympics rule... 

1:- no Olympics over a grave yard !!
2:- no Olympics over a massacre area or war area !! 

Circassian didn't leave kavkaz because they were bored or something, i'm sure that nobody wants to leave heaven !!!! 
so please next time know your history..

i think that we should put a new game in the Olympics :) it's called the best Liar :) 

i'm sure that The Russians will win this easily..

WE WILL FIGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM AGAIN !! THE WAR DIDN'T END YET !!   

Janice H.
Janice H.

Absolutely gorgeous place, almost like a mythical land.         Would love to actually walk around there and take in the beauty.      

Celil Hacioglu
Celil Hacioglu

it is heartbreaking to see that we visit our homeland like a touri, very sad. 

isaiah wiggins
isaiah wiggins

i like the mountains and the cloud view its extrodinary

M. Clendenen
M. Clendenen

What a cool story and picture!  The background and the people!

Murad Quandour
Murad Quandour

Its nice to see what the ancestral home looks like. id love to visit it someday

Eliza Tsaliti
Eliza Tsaliti

Wow!!! i know the girl on the photo...it is my sister! it was a great tour to our Caucasian mountains:)

Kamal Jalouqa
Kamal Jalouqa

May this new year bring peace, good health and endless happiness, to me, my family, my nation, all peace loving nations. I will be Hippocratic to give a different order. 

Lucas Cetti
Lucas Cetti

This pic makes me think of a Lord of the Ring landscape.

Pio Nowak
Pio Nowak

Beautiful place, interesting frame - capture as many people as it is seen in these wild landscape that's way it is original.

choudhary Patel
choudhary Patel

great depth, beautiful vista, and feelings, great composition

Charlie Lavin
Charlie Lavin

highly political indeed during such global circumstances - beautiful photo nonetheless 

loay elkhateeb
loay elkhateeb

Acceptable to see humans in such a place, but amazing to find a big tree grown in the rock !! To get it in a garden, many processes must be done !!

Hashem Hina
Hashem Hina

@Irina Davydova enough Vodka for you lady !! 

People let's be honest .. the Circassian used to live in the Caucasus before B.C :) 

russians killed %90 of the circassian population :) 

circassians are now separated around the world !!

Red Hill :- a place in Sochi, they call it the Red Hill because there's so much Circassian blood on it !! 

Russians killed men.. women.. elders.. children.. burn everything in their way ....... 

they started up a war with us because we converted to muslims in 1760 ...
one of the Olympics rule... 1:- no Olympics over a grave yard !!
2:- no Olympics over a massacre area or war area !! 

Circassian didn't leave kavkaz because they were bored or something, i'm sure that nobody wants to leave heaven !!!!
so please next time know your history..

i think that we should put a new game in the Olympics :) it's called the best Liar :) 

i'm sure that The Russians will win this easily..

WE WILL FIGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM AGAIN !! THE WAR DIDN'T END YET !!   

Janice H.
Janice H.

@Pio Nowak I agree.    It is very interesting with all the people and the rugged beauty of the land.

Noel Bernard
Noel Bernard

Hashem Hina ; Maybe you should slow down on vodka also ....

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