Just prior to his death, Stalin moved against Beria's network in Georgia, initiating the so-called Mingrelian
In his final chapter, Skinner tersely recounts Georgia's brutal decades of repression, enforced by Stalin's security chief, Lavrenti Beria, born a Mingrelian
, another quarrelsome sub tribe.
Antisa spoke only Mingrelian
, the dialect of the Samegrelo mountainous region, where she lived and worked as a tea and corn picker before retiring in 1965.
Having enchanted children and adults alike with her soothing vocals for the past seven years, Kaya released her eighth album, "Nanni," the first contemporary lullaby collection in the Laz and Mingrelian
languages, at the end of June.
Laz belongs to the South Caucasian language family, which also includes Mingrelian
, Georgian and Svan.
In fact, apart from its Georgian cousin dialect, Mingrelian
, it seems to be a unique relic of antiquity.
With particular reference to Abkhazia, the exiles in whose repatriation the Abkhazians are most interested are the descendants of those Abkhazians who migrated to the Ottoman Empire at the end of the great Caucasian War (1864) or following the Russo-Turkish war of 1877/8, a population-shift which denuded Abkhazia of its native inhabitants and created the opportunity for the start of large-scale inward Mingrelian
migration, something which became state-policy under Stalin's anti-Abkhazian campaign from the late 1930s and which had such a disastrous consequence for the republic's ethnic balance, Abkhazians forming only 17.8% of Abkhazia's population by 1989.
Indeed sometimes important names and events can seem overwhelmed by family trivia and the endless parade of Armenian, Georgian, Mingrelian
, Abkazian etc surnames.
The food served in these establishments was generally good, particularly the Mingrelian
variety from west Georgia.
(13) Despite the great ethnic and linguistic diversity of the region, however, literary references to children's lives that are examined here nevertheless are not gathered from documents in Lazic, Mingrelian
, or Caucasian Albanian, for example, nor are children identified in the texts as coming from these or any other specific ethnicities.
One notes that Stalin ruled Russia using his second, or perhaps third, language; he also spoke Mingrelian
, a Georgian dialect, especially to his fellow-Georgian, Beria.
Stalin also ordered an investigation into a massive alleged conspiracy in Georgia--the so-called Mingrelian
affair, which was supposed to bring down Beria and possibly Vyacheslav Molotov and other senior Soviet Communist Party leaders.