English-language Mari textbook published

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter almost a decade of work, and after having published a preliminary version of the first half in 2010, we are happy to announce the publication of a complete version of our Mari textbook Оҥай марий йылме: A Comprehensive Introduction to the Mari Language.

The finished book, covering 40 chapters on 771 pages, can be downloaded at omj.mari-language.com free of charge. Continue reading

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Leonid Markelov removed from his post as head of Mari El

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Alexander Evstifeev

Russian President Vladimir Putin invited Alexander Evstifeev to head Mari El, who agreed, noting that it was a great honor for him.

“You, being the deputy envoy of the Volga Federal District, were also involved in this republic. Now a situation has arisen when the acting head of the republic has asked for another area of work. Leonid Igorevich [Markelov] has been in Mari El for 16 years and would like to change his place of work. In this regard, I have a question and a proposal: would you like to head the republic before the elections in September of this year, and depending on the results, take part in the election campaign?” Putin said. Continue reading

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Mari El Most Russian-Occupied Non-Russian Republic

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Mari_El_russiansDespite Vladimir Putin’s much-ballyhooed power vertical, Moscow has not imposed an identical approach to running the various non-Russian republics of the Russian Federation, as new statistics about ethnic representation in government positions in three Middle Volga republics, Mari El, Tatarstan and Chuvashia, show. Continue reading

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Protest “For Justice” takes place in Yoshkar-Ola

1490599542_33672390975_d784946fde_zOn March 26 in a number of Russian cities there were protests organized by the Anti-Corruption Foundation under the leadership of the well-known oppositionist Alexei Navalny.

A demonstration was held in the capital of Mari El in Nikonov Square organized by two young people who do not consider themselves to belong to any political party. The protest application counted 30 participants, Continue reading

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Summer school of Mari language and culture 2017

Yoshkar-Ola, Republic of Mari El, Russian Federation
July 2-16, 2017

summer_school_mariMari State University is happy to announce the annual Summer School of Mari Language and Culture organized by the Institute of National Culture and Intercultural Communication 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 2-16, 2017. Your studies will be enhanced by an experienced teaching staff, a cozy and secure environment, and the opportunity to explore traditional Mari culture. Continue reading

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Mari songs from German concentration camps published as a book

chetlykyse_muro_iziOn January 26 at 3 pm in the department of national regional literature and bibliography in the Sergei Chavain National Library, the book “Chetlykyse muro” (Song of the Barbed Wire) will be presented. The book’s contents were compiled by Oleg Gerasimov, a musicologist, folklorist, and Doctor of Arts.

The collection includes songs recorded in the concentration camps of Wilhelmine Germany in 1914-18 where prisoners of the Tsarist army, including representatives of the Mari people, were detained. Continue reading

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Wikipedia writers to meet in Yoshkar-Ola

vikipedistyVolunteer writers from the Mari section of Wikipedia, “Wikimedia RU,” and the Team of Bashkortostan Wikimedians are planning to hold an international forum in Yoshkar-Ola in June 2017.

The “Wiki-Payrem” (Wiki-Holiday in the Mari language) will be dedicated to the development of projects for the organization “Wikimedia RU” in the languages of the peoples of Russia, Continue reading

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