The increasingly polluted Volga River is creating ahealth crisis for the 60 million Russian citizens who live in its enormous and economically important basin, but the Russian government has not been independently monitoring this situation since Vladimir Putin disbanded the State Ecology Committee in 2000.
In the current issue of “Argumenty nedeli,” journalist Denis Terentyev surveys the damage, noting that few officials appear to care although people living along Russia’s great river can see the increasingly negative impact of pollution on the river, its wildlife, and on themselves. Continue reading
The Council of the Kindred People’s Programme decided to award the 2013 Ilmapuu (World Tree) Prize to Tatiana Seliverstova, chairman of the Töd’õ Jus’ society of ethno-futurists in the locality of Yakshur-Bodia, the Udmurt Republic, for her participation in the activities that help to revive and promote Udmurt culture.
The Töd’õ Jus’ (White Swan) society of ethno-futurists established in 2007 aims at reviving and promoting the culture and traditions of the Udmurts’ ancestors. The society takes part in various folklore and Continue reading
The Council of the Estonian Kindred Peoples’ Programme and the Association of Finno-Ugric Literatures announce a literary prize contest among writers and translators belonging to the Uralic kindred peoples’ communities that have no nationhood.
The prize will be contested in the following categories: Continue reading
The Council of the Estonian Kindred Peoples’ Programme announces a contest for prizes to be awarded to scientists belonging to the Uralic kindred peoples’ communities that have no nationhood.
The Council of the Estonian Kindred Peoples’ Programme announces prizes for the following categories of research: Continue reading
Russia’s state-owned telecom giant, Rostelecom, is blocking access to the independent news site, MariUver. The website’s readers in Moscow and the Republic of Mari El have complained that the site was not available to Rostelecom’s clients. At the same time, MariUver was available to clients of other ISPs. Continue reading
Mari State University is happy to announce annual Summer School of Mari Language and Culture organized by the Institute of Finno-Ugric Studies and the International Office of Mari State University. The Summer School will take place in Yoshkar-Ola, capital of the Republic of Mari El, on July 01 – July 21, 2013.
We use our advantages of long teaching experience, cozy and secure environment, and exploration of the traditional Mari culture incorporated in the study process. Continue reading
The Ensai souvenir shop was, it assured passersby, the home of authentic Mari souvenirs. Inside was a jungle of multicoloured fabric, giddying geometric patterns of whites and reds, traditional costumes of the kind usually kept in dusty display cases of the national museum. Yoshkar-Ola, (“the red city,“) is the capital of Russia’s autonomous Republic of Mari El. Heavily forested and sparsely populated, it is a nondescript, provincial town, which, as I had discovered on my first visit in 2011, was increasingly defying description. Continue reading