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Lazs are ethnographic group of the Georgian people.
In ancient times, the Laz region was a part of the Kingdom of COlchis. In the Middle Ages it belonged to
Georgia until 1578 when it was conquered by Turks.
In 1878, eastern portion of Lazistand ( including Batumi)
become part of the Russian Empire. When the Bolsheviks took over Georgia in 1922, the Lazistan territory has been divided between Turkey and Soviet Russia.

THe sanjak and name was abolished by the new Turkish Republic in 1925. Recently, since 1999 there is a movment -Laz Home Party 9 Lazuri Dobadona Partiya)
demanding recognition as a national minority in Turkey and protection of their language. They want the acceptance of the
Caucasian character of Lazistan and its right to self-government in domestic affairs in a Federated Turkey.

Laz people are Sunni Muslims.
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Kolkheri Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
I'm Laz and lazish people is'nt ethnographic group of the Georgians. We are different. They are our cousins. But they, try to asimilate us to they say like that...
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Xumarov Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hmmm ok but the Laz people linguistically belong to the Kartevelian family.. so i dont think the racially connection is that far away.. they are caucasian though ;-)
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Kolkheri Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Yes. like that. in our language family : Georgian- Lazish - Svanish - megrelish (%99.8 same with lazish) we are cousin with georgians and the others are coming from same family. But we don't come from kartvelians.
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Xumarov Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
well down the line they probably did
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Kolkheri Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Probably,
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