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. They 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 was 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 with the Chechen of being Nazi collaborators, the Akkin were deported en masse to Central Asia by Stalin’s KGB. Thirteen years later, under Khrushchev, 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; many Akkin finally settled into some of their original western Dagestani towns or nearby close to Khasavyurt.
Some Akkin also live in the original homeland region of extreme western Chechnya and eastern Ingushetia. Akkin refugees can be found in many asylum locations in Europe, along with other Chechen, Ingush and Dagestani refugees.
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. One “export” along this corridor 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 traditional religious and political powers.
Constant conflict boils, even to the present moment. The Akkin are affected by this violent/zealous Islam, as young men get recruited and enticed (even extorted) toward participation with militants or drawn into battles fought in their neighborhoods.
Pray for representatives of Jesus’ grace to be “the right people at the right time into the right relationships among the Akkin.”
Pray for Chechen believers to have courage to reach out to their Akkin “cousins.”
Pray for Caucasus house churches to notice opportunities for friendship and connections with their Akkin neighbors.
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 to find what their hearts have been waiting for.
Pray for the long-distance influence of a family of five Akkin who are Jesus followers, but who live far from the Akkin region and from close relationships. Pray this mustard seed of influence might bear fruit back into the Akkin world.
Thank God for three churches who have “taken the Akkin into their hearts” (Phil.1:7) for long-term prayer until there is a Christ-following community among the Akkin. Pray for local Dagestani believers to join in these efforts.
The Akkin live in Dagestan, a land of war. Pray what Satan meant for evil (fighting), God will use for good to bring many people to humility and the saving work of Christ.
Scripture Prayers for the Akkin in Russia.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|Other PDF Profile|
|People Name General||Akkin|
|People Name in Country||Akkin|
|Population this Country||103,000|
|Population all Countries||103,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||2|
|Region||Europe, Eastern and Eurasia|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||North Caucasus mountain region Source: Field worker|
|Primary Language||Chechen (103,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||che Ethnologue Listing|
|Dialect Code||8723 Global Recordings Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Chechen
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (2007)|
|FCBH NT (www.bible.is)||Online|
|YouVersion NT (www.bible.com)||Online|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation||Create International|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Chechen||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels||Bible Media Group/LUMO|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Bible for Children||Bible for Children|
|General||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Chechen||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||iOS Bible app: Chechen||YouVersion Bibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||IBT, Russia - resources||Institute for Bible Translation - Russia|