Komi activist refused to communicate with court in Russian

Komi activist Aleksey Ivanov, in Russia’s Komi Republic, insists on speaking in his native language at his trial. Continue reading

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16.02.2021 · 6:53 pm

A visit to Estonia’s Mulgimaa region,

home to the Finno-Ugric Capitals of Culture 2021

The Estonian town of Abja-Paluoja, the capital of the historic Mulgimaa region, has become the Finno-Ugric Capitals of Culture for 2021. As I have family from the area, I decided to drive down and see what was happening. Continue reading

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Unique photo album of Uralic peoples published

The Estonian National Museum has published a unique photo album entitled The Human Face of Nations: Finno-Ugric and Samoyedic People in Old Ethnographic Photographs, most of the pictures in which are seeing publication for the first time. The coffee-table book serves as a useful introduction to an exhibition opening at the museum in February and to the Finno-Ugric World Congress due to be held in Estonia later this year. Continue reading

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Moscow splitting Finno-Ugric languages to promote assimilation to Russian

Mari linguist says

Moscow is currently promoting the division of the Mari language into two – the Meadow Mari and the Hill Mari — to reduce the number of speakers in each and make the assimilation of all Maris more rapid, the same tactic it earlier employed with the Komi language, dividing it into Zyryan and Permyak groups, linguist Margarita Kuznetsova says. Continue reading

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Mari Republic Centenary Calling Attention to Chaos

Confusion and Conflict 100 Years Ago


Anniversary celebrations are supposed to unite people, but the anniversaries of the creation of non-Russian republics now are having the opposite effect, not only highlighting tensions between non-Russian and Moscow officials but also between different subgroups of the titular nationalities. Continue reading

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Moscow’s Efforts to Russianize Non-Russians Will Lead to Demise of Russian Nation and Russian State

Gyylman Says

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Nail Gyylman

Moscow believes that it will be able to “completely assimilate the nationalities of Russia” in this century by forcing them to use Russian rather than their national languages and to define themselves as members of a civic Russian nation, Tatar analyst Nail Gyylman says. Continue reading

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The VIII World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples will be postponed

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NGO Fenno-Ugria announces that due to the emergency situation caused by the COVID-19 virus, the VIII World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples will be postponed. Continue reading

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Another Way to Wreck a National Movement in Russia:

Create an Official Double

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In some non-Russian republics, officials are trying to destroy the national movement by an open and direct attempt to declare it extremist and thus make illegal, but in others, they are using a more indirect approach by creating spoilers. Continue reading

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FUFF-2020 Call for Films Now Open!

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If you made a short film in a Finno-Ugric language or about a Finno-Ugric topic, the VII Finno-Ugric Film Festival will be happy to consider it for the competition or experimental programme! Continue reading

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