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Cherkessk

Cherkessk is the capital city of the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Russia, as well as its political, economic, and cultural center. Its population was 129,069 (in 2010).NamesIn Russian, the city is called and has similar names in the languages of the city's other major ethnic groups. In Karachay, it is or ; in Kabardian, it is or ; in Abaza, it is or ; in Nogai, it is and in Ukrainian, it is .For its first century of existence, Cherkessk was a stanitsa, a village inside a Cossack host, which from 1825 to 1931 was named Batalpashinskaya stanitsa and nicknamed Pashinka In 1931, it was renamed Batalpashinsk, and then in quick succession Sulimov in 1934 for Daniil Sulimov, Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars of the Russian SFSR, and following Sulimov's execution in the Great Purge, Yezhovo-Cherkessk in 1937 for Nikolai Yezhov, head of the NKVD. With Yezhov's arrest, the initial "Yezhovo-" was dropped, and the city received its present name in 1939.
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