Chechnyan genocide and the Cyrillic alphabet (Дюи)

I spent today trying to find a contemporary museum of Georgian (the country, not the American state) photography, which is especially noteworthy because Georgia is located in the Caucasus region of Eurasia, and as recently as 2008 the country was at war with Russia.

Russia today has major problems in the Caucasus region with the Chechen Republic, or Chechnya, where there is an ongoing violent battle for independence from Russia, which wants to keep Chechnya within its fold so as to prevent Muslim extremists gaining a foothold into the country. Chechnyan separatists have a reputation for extreme violence: recently with the suicide bombers at Moscow's primary airport, and in 2004 they took more than 150 schoolchildren hostage before slaughtering them all.

You can bet the Chechnyans will make some noise before the 2014 Olympics, which will take place in the Russian resort city of Sochi, just north of the Georgian border and nearby Chechnya. I heard via word of mouth from another traveler a couple weeks ago that Chechnyan extremists recently stopped a car of skiers on their way to the mountain, shooting up the car with a machine gun and blowing up one of the ski lifts. I don't know if it is true, but there is no reason to believe otherwise, because that level of violence could be considered tame by Chechynan standards.

Do not be surprised if the safety of the Olympic Games is made possible because of ethnic cleansing. The Russian government does not fuck around when it comes to Chechnyans, and there is much discrimination and violence toward those from Chechnya and even those who look as though they may come from the Caucasus region. In recent years there have been many reports of skinhead attacks in Moscow and especially St. Petersburg, a trend that to my knowledge has never been acknowledged by the Russian government, and maybe even outright denied. America is not the only country with a history of don't ask, don't tell.

Anyway, back to Georgian photography. I tried for three hours to find this gallery, only to later learn I'd been given an incorrect map (so I never did find the gallery, but I will return tomorrow with a correct map). But in the meantime I read many street signs written in Cyrillic, and it dawned on me that I am now pretty confident in my grasp of the the Cyrillic alphabet (although my pronounciation needs work, definitely). But I am confident enough now that I corrected more than one Russian who told me how to spell my name using Cyrillic characters. It was suggested I spell it differently; however, when I spelled it the way I thought it should be spelled, and asked a few native speakers to pronounce all of the candidates, it was clear to me that I was correct. In their defense, Dewey is a strange name for them and not particularly easy to pronounce.

The candidates: Дюи, Дьюи, Дыюи

Дюи is correct. The symbols "ь" and "ы" from the other two candidates are not actually letters but more like accents, insofar as they inform the reader how to correctly pronounce the previous character (in this case, Д). But using either of these characters in the spelling of Dewey make it sound as though my name is being pronounced with a slur or impediment of some kind.

Дюи = Dewey.

2014 in Sochi = big problems.