Turk, Meskhetian in Russia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Meskhetian Turks are a Turkish-speaking people who are originally from a part of southern Georgia that borders with Turkey. However, under Stalin's policies during the Soviet Union, the Meskhetian Turks were forcefully deported to Central Asia, where they experienced discrimination and civil rights abuse. When they were finally permitted to return to their homeland, Georgia did not allow them to resettle there. Those who remained in Russia also experienced severe discrimination and harassment.

Where Are they Located?

The majority of Meskhetian Turks live in the Autonomous Republic of Kabardino Balkaria, the Rostov region and the Krasnodar territory of southern Russia.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Meskhetian Turks are Sunni Muslims, but as a result of their perpetual exile and the influence of the Soviet Union, many of them are not strict adherents of Islam. Many of their traditions contain a mixture of Muslim, Caucasian and Russian elements. Family ties are very important to the Meskhetian Turks, and has played a crucial role in preserving their culture through their displacement.

Prayer Points

* Pray for God to bring healing and hope to the hearts of the Meskhetian Turks, who have been in physical and spiritual exile.
* Ask God to raise up ambassadors for Christ who are both trustworthy and loving to share Christ with the Meskhetian Turks who are living in Russia.
* Pray that the Meskhetian Turks would know the truth and saving power of Jesus Christ.
* Pray that the few Meskhetian Turk believers would be a shining light for Christ to their family members and relatives.
* Pray that the Meskhetian Turks' citizenship would be in heaven.

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Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Turk, Meskhetian
People Name in Country Turk, Meskhetian
Population in Russia 53,000
World Population 163,000
Countries 9
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Turkic Peoples
People Cluster Turkish
People Name General Turk, Meskhetian
Ethnic Code MSY41j
People ID 20631

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Russian (53,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Russian 53,000
For Primary Language: Russian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1815-1993)
New Testament Yes   (1821-1991)
Complete Bible Yes   (1680-2011)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Gateway Scripture Text / Printed Matter
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Biblica's Russian Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Synodal Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Synodal Bible (Protestant Version) Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Новый Завет: Современный перевод Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Cartoon Gospel tract Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
General Ministry Resources General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Russian Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Primary Religion: Islam

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Other Christian
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Roman Catholic
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