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Besleney villages of Circassia around 1830–1850; "1" denotes nine villages resettled from the mountains by General Gregory von Saß (ru); "2" denotes villages whose names are unknown; The area of village concentration in the upper reaches of the Laba River tributaries is now part of Krasnodar Krai between Adygea to the north and Karachay-Cherkessia to the south

Besleney or Baslaney (Circassian: Бэслъыный Besłynyj IPA: [basɬənəj]; Russian: Бесленеевцы Besleneevcy) are one of the Circassian tribes (sub-ethnic groups).[1]


The majority of the Besleney live in the valley of Bolshaya and Malaya Laba Rivers in the Caucasus and on the bank of Urup.[2] They also extend to the valleys of Chetem, Fars, Psefir, Kuban (Western Circassia). By character and culture, the Besleney are close to Kabardians and the Besleney dialect of Circassian is sometimes considered one of the three Kabardian dialects.[3] The noble families of the Besleney were: Kanoko, Tazartuk, and Shaloho, ancestors of Beslan, the son of legendary Prince Inal.[4]


  1. ^ Kadir I. Natho. Circassian History. Xlibris Corporation, 2009. p.89. ISBN 9781465316998
  2. ^ James Stuart Olson, et al., eds. "Adyghe".An Ethnohistorical Dictionary of the Russian and Soviet Empires. Greenwood Publishing, 1994. p. 15. ISBN 9780313274978 "The Beslenei (Beslenej) are located between the upper Urup and Khozdya rivers, and along the Middle Laba River, in the western reaches of the North Caucasus."
  3. ^ John Colarusso. A Grammar of the Kabardian Language University of Calgary Press, 1992. p. 12. ISBN 9780919813991 "This highly divergent dialect..."
  4. ^ Kadir I. Natho. Circassian History. Xlibris Corporation, 2009. p.96. ISBN 9781465316998 "Prince Inal, the progenitor of the...Besleney...princes..."

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