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Akkin in Russia

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
104,000 Chechen Islam 0.01 % 0.01 %   

Akkin in Russia

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Introduction / History
The Akkin people speak a distinct dialect of the Chechen language and live among village/town clusters at the western edge of Dagestan surrounding the major city of Khasavyurt. The ancient home region of the Akkin is in extreme western Chechnya and eastern Ingushetia. In pre-Soviet history many Akkin migrated eastward toward the border region of Dagestan and Chechnya near Khasavyurt. In 1944, accused of being Nazi collaborators, the Akkin were deported en masse to Central Asia by Stalin's KGB. Thirteen years later, under Krushchev, the Akkin were allowed to return but faced massive confusion--with many Dagestani Laks and Avars already resettled into the old Akkin villages in western Dagestan. Turmoil and conflicts raged off and on over resettlement questions from the late 1950s into the early 21st Century. Eventually some Laks moved to other lowland regions; and the Akkin finally settled into some of their original towns or in nearby locations close to Khasavyurt.

The Akkin have a strong self-identity, in spite of typically being 'buried' in official census statistics as 'Chechen.' To Chechens, Akkin are Akkin. To Russians, Akkin are Chechen. To Akkin, Akkin are Akkin.

Where are they located?
The Akkin live along a transport corridor between Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan to the east, and Groznyy, the capital of Chechnya to the west.

Akkin refugees can be found in many asylum locations in Europe, along with other Chechen, Ingush, and Dagestani refugees. Some Akkin also live in the original homeland region of extreme western Chechnya and eastern Ingushetia.

Names of Akkin-region towns [western Dagestan]:

Akhar [Bani-yurt], Nitsov-kra, Shu-shia[Yamansu], Khama-vyurt, Nurad-ilovo, Solnechnoe, Osman-yurt, Sim-sir, Boragan-gechoob, Mogilevskoe, Genzhe-aul, Bamma-tyurt, Tsi-yab Tsoloda, Novosel'skoe, Moksob, Kadiir-otar, Adil'-otar and Akh-bule-tyurt

Names of Partial Akkin towns or villages [western Chechnya & eastern Ingushetia, with mixed identities]:

Samash-ki, Roshni-Chu, Shalakhi, Gekhi-Chu, Alkhan-Yurt, Deshni-Chu, Ba-moot, Geza-Yurt and Arsh-tii (Ingushetia)

What are their lives like?
One "export" along the "corridor" mentioned above is constant competition between factions of extremist Islamists. Traditionally, the Akkin practice Sufi Sunni Islam; but external, missional Salafist (Wahhabi) zealous Sunni radicals have attempted to 'stamp out' Sufi practices of Islam throughout Dagestan. This internal religious conflict mixes in with an active radical Muslim insurgency against the Russian State. Thus constant conflict boils, even to the present moment in early 2014. The Akkin are affected by this insurgency, as young men get recruited and enticed (even extorted) toward participation with militants, or drawn into battles fought in their neighborhoods.

Prayer Points
* Pray for representatives of Jesus' grace to be "the right people at the right time into the right relationships among the Akkin" (Matt 9:36-38).
* Pray for Chechen believers to have courage to reach out to their Akkin 'cousins.'
* Pray for Caucasus house churches to notice (John 5:19) opportunities for friendship and connections with their Akkin neighbors. THANK GOD for One Church in USA who has "Taken the Akkin Into Their Hearts" (Phil.1:7) for long-term prayer until there is a Christ-following community among them.
* Pray for European Refugee ministries to have eyes and ears for Akkin people in their midst.
* Pray for Akkin 'people of peace' (Luke 10:6), who are waiting for representatives of Jesus' love and power —Luke 10:9,17—to find what their hearts have been waiting for.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2017-03-01
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Country: Russia
Continent: Asia
Region: Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Persecution Rank:46 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:North Caucasus mountain region
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People Name in Country: Akkin
People Name General: Akkin
ROP3 Code: 116039
Joshua Project People ID: 20318
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 104,000
Population all Countries: 104,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Caucasus
People Name General: Akkin
Ethnic Code: CEW17d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Chechen (104,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): che    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Akkin
Dialect Code:8723
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.01 %(Evangelical: 0.01 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.99 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1986-2007
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2012
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Chechen
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Text / Printed MatterBible: Нохчийн мотт - Cheche ...
Text / Printed MatterMulti-Language Media
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Akkin in Russia

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