Like Zhirinovsky, Tishkov Wants a Mono-Ethnic, Mono-Linguistic Russia

Tagirov Says


Valery Tishkov

LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky and Academician Valery Tishkov are people of very different caliber and scholarly attainment, Indus Tagirov says; but they share a common commitment to a future Russia that will be mono-ethnic and mono-linguistic rather than a country displaying ethnic and linguistic diversity. Continue reading

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Erzyan Elder Says Estonia a Model for His Nation


During a visit to Tallinn, Bolayen Syres, chief elder of the Erzyan people who along with the Moksha form the Mordvins, said that Estonia is a model for his people, yet another indication that for the Finno-Ugric nations within the borders of the Russian Federation, Estonia has overtaken Finland and Hungary as the nation these peoples look to. Continue reading

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Udmurt-Language Scholar Mourned In Russia After Self-Immolation Protest


Mourners paid their respects on September 12 at the funeral of Udmurt scholar Albert Razin, who died by self-immolation in a protest against Russia’s language policies in the town of Izhevsk, capital of the Volga region of Udmurtia. Continue reading

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Man Dies After Self-Immolation Protest Over Language Policies In Russia’s Udmurtia


Albert Razin

A 79-year-old man who lit himself on fire protesting against Russia’s language policies in the capital of the Volga region of Udmurtia has died. Continue reading

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Non-Russian Languages Being Pushed Out of Schools in Five Middle Volga Republics

New Study Says


Since the adoption of a Russian law making the study of non-Russian languages in the republics voluntary, 7×7 blogger Nail Gyylman says on the basis of a new study, the authorities have used various means to reduce the opportunities pupils have to study them. Continue reading


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Kremlin’s Strategy for Non-Russians: Make Their Languages and Then Their Speakers Unnecessary


Vasily Nikolayev, the founder and moving spirit behind the Estonia-based Mari language website MariUver, says that the greatest threat to his Finno-Ugric nation is not the direct attacks on its language by making its study voluntary but rather the ways in which Moscow works to make the Mari language “unnecessary” to its speakers. Continue reading

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Куку кайык (The Cuckoo)

kinopoisk.ruКуку кайык (The Cuckoo), 2015
Directed by Nadezhda Stepanova
24-year-old Muscovite animator, having learned about the situation of his girlfriend, signs in the Moscow registry office, but this procedure is not enough for the bride. She wants a real wedding. A young family goes to an ethnic village, to conduct a wedding in the traditions of multiculturalism. In an alien medium, the secrets of not only the people but also the secrets of his life companion are revealed, which entails a fatal accident. Continue reading

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