I am happy to welcome you to our website, where we have collected the most complete information about the history, traditions and culture of the Abaza people, as well as about the activities of the international Abaza-Abkhaz association "Alashara".
For more than 10 years, together with like-minded people, we have been implementing dozens of projects within the framework of the "Alashara" association. One of our main mechanisms is the creation of Public Councils. This is a very important tool in building a sustainable civil society, because it allows the residents themselves to participate in the development of the territory of their residence: it helps to identify problems, formulate requests and find ways to solve them, including from a financial point of view.
The National Fund of the Abaza People allows raising funds to solve pressing problems: this is an effective modern way to accumulate money from caring citizens. Together, "Alashara" and the National Fund of the Abaza People are engaged in active joint work and provide comprehensive assistance aimed at improving the quality of life of people.
Since its foundation in 2011, the "Alashara" organization has also been working in several key areas: preserving the traditions, culture and language of the Abaza, improving the quality of life of people through improved medical care, developing sports and promoting a healthy lifestyle, supporting educational and scientific projects, assistance in the formation of a sustainable civil society. I myself come from the village of Krasny Vostok in the Malokarachaevsky district of the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, and I know from the example of my own family and friends how important these tasks are for my compatriots.
We have developed an extensive program for the preservation of the Abaza language, which is the foundation of our culture. "Alashara" employees, together with writers, linguists, culturologists, prepare school manuals, hold annual scientific conferences and readings, translate cartoons, make feature films, and create applications for smartphones. The comprehensive program "Preservation and Development of the Abaza People" has been implemented since 2014, and since 2020 began the Program for the Preservation and Development of the Abkhaz-Abaza language, literature and history.
We respect the traditions of our people, which have evolved over thousands of years. Moreover, we want our compatriots to realize the significance of this heritage. For this purpose, we hold the Festival of Abaza culture, lectures and scientific conferences. We are responsible for the preservation and transmission of this invaluable knowledge and cultural heritage to future generations. They contain the centuries-old wisdom and strength of our people, which we are gathering to use for the benefit of the country's development.
My associates and I are aware that our ancestors created everything we rely on today. Our duty is to work actively to match their wisdom and strength, to preserve the traditions of the people, to bring our culture to the world, which makes us kinder, more courteous to relatives and friends, to women and children, to elders. Our mission is to strengthen the spiritual and cultural ties between people, the formation of a sustainable civil society in which mutual assistance, care for each other and the environment are valued.
To achieve even greater success in our common cause, we invite all those who care to cooperate! Let us together take the path of development and revival of our country. We are convinced that by joint efforts, we are able to make our country better, and through this work, we ourselves will become better. Faith in one's own strength, faith that each person is the maker of his own happiness, will help us on this path. We ourselves can change the vector of our development and head for revival. Success comes to those who are patient and willing to work tirelessly.
President of the International Association for the Promotion of Development of the Abaza-Abkhaz Ethnos "Alashara"
Mussa Khabalevich EKZEKOV
Deputy Chairman of the People's Assembly (Parliament) of the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Chairman of the Supreme Council of the World Abaza Congress, President of the autonomous non-profit organization "International Association for the Promotion of Development of the Abaza-Abkhaz Ethnos "Alashara" Mussa Khabalevich Ekzekov was born in the village of Krasny Vostok (Gvym-lokt) Karachay-Cherkess Republic of the Russian Federation.
After graduation, in 1981, he entered the Faculty of Physics and Chemistry of the Leningrad Technological Institute named after the Lensoviet (now St. Petersburg State Technical University). He went from a young specialist to a chief technologist at the Druzhnaya Gorka plant of chemical and laboratory devices in the village of the same name in the Leningrad Region. He did not stop doing scientific work: in 1992, he defended his Ph.D. thesis on the development of fluoroaluminate glasses for fiber optics and space technology, and eight years later, he became a doctor of chemical sciences - a dissertation on the problems of synthesis of new composite materials.
In 1998, Mussa Ekzekov founded the development company OJSC "Solomon" in Russia, which is dealing with projects in the field of commercial real estate. In 2006, the company opened the Grand Canyon shopping and entertainment complex in St. Petersburg, which in 2016 was recognized as the best object of the decade at the anniversary award of the 10th international investment forum Proestate. The Grand Canyon appeared on the territory of the unfinished "Iskra" weaving and spinning factory and is now known as a creative and free space where you can not only shop, but also communicate, learn and develop culturally and physically. Since the early 2000s, the "Leader" children's sports academy, the "Fruits of Enlightenment" children's theater, the "Magic City" children's complex, a business center, and an ice arena have been opened there. The Grand Canyon hosts theater marathons and other cultural events in St. Petersburg.
Public and charitable activities
In 2011, Mussa Ekzekov founded the international association for the promotion of the development of the Abaza-Abkhaz ethnic group "Alashara", becoming its President. On his initiative, a long-term program for the development of the people was developed. Over this period, thanks to the efforts of "Alashara", hundreds of projects have been implemented in various fields: from the repair and construction of houses and sports grounds to the purchase of equipment for medical institutions, support for young professionals, and promotion of people’s talents. The main mechanism of work has become Public Councils, which allows to quickly provide assistance to the residents of the villages. In the village of Krasny Vostok, an ethno-cultural park was created and a modern sports palace "Alashara" was built.
Ekzekov is engaged in charitable activities not only in Karachay-Cherkessia and St. Petersburg, but also in Abkhazia. Mussa Ekzekov heads the international scientific program "Abaza and Abkhazians: prospects for the preservation and development of languages, field research and archival materials", implemented by scientists from Russia, Abkhazia and Turkey with the participation of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Abkhazia. The International Freestyle Wrestling Tournament, held annually in the Republic of Abkhazia, is named after Mussa Ekzekov. In December 2017, he was elected Chairman of the Supreme Council of the World Abaza Congress. In September 2019, he was elected a Deputy of the People's Assembly (Parliament) of the Karachay-Cherkess Republic. In October 2019, he was elected Deputy Chairman of the People's Assembly (Parliament) of Karachay-Cherkessia.
Awards and titles
In 2004, he was elected an honorary professor of the St. Petersburg State Technological Institute. For the strengthening of friendship between the peoples of Abkhazia and Karachay-Cherkessia, on December 13, 2006, he was awarded the III degree Order of Akhdz-Apsha (Honor and Glory). On August 12, 2014, with the II degree Order - for the provision of humanitarian assistance, merits in the development of physical culture and sports in Abkhazia. In December 2014, he was elected an academician of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Abkhazia. For outstanding services to the Karachay-Cherkess Republic and its people, on February 8, 2018, Mussa Ekzekov was awarded the "Order of Merit to the Karachay-Cherkess Republic".