United Russia loses in the Mari El electoral district to the Communist Party

vyboryIn Mari El, Irkutsk and Ulyanovsk, United Russia has conceded its seats to the Communist Party. According to preliminary data, Sergey Kazankov, an ethnic Chuvash, defeated United Russia’s Larisa Yakovlev, who is ethnically Mari.

According to the latest figures, the ruling party was defeated in three of the 206 electoral districts where its candidates ran for the elections to the State Duma of Russia. Continue reading

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Anna Mishina presenting about Mari traditions in Udmurtia at the 2016 IFUSCO conference in Helsinki

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Autumn prayers take place in Moscow region

1-2On September 11 in the Dmitrov district of Moscow region, representatives of the Mari traditional religion held autumn prayers on Mount Kindyakova (Kinde-Kuryk).

Kindyakova mountain, at the foot of which is the famous Kindyakova stone, is widely known to those who are suffering – people come here to pay homage to the ancient Merya shrine Continue reading

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The Mari language appears on translate.yandex.ru

yandex_mariOn September 5, the Mari language was added to translate.yandex.ru. This website allows you to translate words and sentences from Mari into eighty five other languages and back.

The recently unveiled Mari version of the translation service appeared in a beta version, reported the Ministry of Culture, Press and Nationalities Affairs of Mari El. Continue reading

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IFUSCO XXXII, 15-18 September 2016 – Helsinki

IFUSCO-2016_iziThe 2016 International Finno-Ugrist Students’ Conference IFUSCO will be held on 15-18 September 2016 in Helsinki. This conference is being held in place of the planned conference in Khanty-Mansiysk, which was postponed twice before finally being cancelled.

We would like to demonstrate that IFUSCO will be held every year, regardless of any hardships we may face. Continue reading

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Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture 2017 competition has been announced

Kultur_stolicy_FU_mira_logoApplications for the title of the Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture are welcome from the Finno-Ugric world starting 17 March 2016, which aims to raise the identity of Finno-Ugric, and Samoyedic people, and to improve their cooperation.

The initiative which is organised by the Youth Organisation of Finno-Ugric Nations (MAFUN), this year concentrates on the Finno-Ugric nations living in North Europe, North Russia and Central-Russia. The current Hungarian title-holders, Iszkaszentgyörgy and Veszprém will also participate in the election process for choosing the best candidate. Continue reading

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Interview with Edina Csüllög. Part 2

18896_1570931426501609_5273022074348292365_nWell, we were talking about the Finno-Ugric worldview and saying that the best place for film festivals and seminars, at least on the topic of Finno-Ugric films, is the countryside… And especially in summer it is good. But you need quite a lot of money to come to Estonia from different republics and regions of Russia. Maybe it would be easier to organise this event in Russian territory, so if the festival is mostly focused on Finno-Ugric minoritiesUdmurts, Hantis, Moksha, Erzya they would not need to apply for visas, prepare all these documents, which sometimes takes a long time. Why don’t you organise this festival in Russia? Continue reading

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