From September 19 to 21 in Kingisepp area of Leningrad region there passed the Noizhema Kaigija Shuvvama (We Will Love Everybody) Second youth festival of Finno-Ugric culture of the Northwest region. The festival gathered 8 ensembles from Kingisepp area, St.-Petersburg, Karelia, Udmurtiya and Estonia. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: September 2008
Members of the elite OMON forces moved quickly to break up a demonstration in Izhevsk by Udmurts who were angered by official celebrations of the supposedly “voluntary” inclusion of their region into Russia.
In addition to disputing the accuracy of that Russian version of events, the protesters were angry Continue reading
Writers of the Republic of Karelia have taken part in the Xth International Congress of Finno-Ugric Writers
The Xth International Congress of Finno-Ugric Writers Future of Finno-Ugric Literature. Works of Young Authors passed in Ioshkar Ola from September 10 to 13. Poets and prose writers, playwrights, translators, publishers, literary critics, journalists from all Finno-Ugric regions of Russia, Finland, Hungary, Estonia, France, Czechia, Lithuania took part in the congress. Continue reading
Valery Markov, the first vice speaker of the Komi State Council, said that his republic had no intention of separating from Russia or “participate in the political games of US Presidential candidate John McCain,” who he said seeks to destroy the Russian Federation by promoting the recognition of all non-Russian republics. Continue reading
Moscow officials are prepared to spend millions of rubles on statues commemorating “the friendship of the peoples” between Russians and non-Russians, but they are increasingly unwilling to subsidize the production of non-Russian language textbooks, a pattern that is infuriating and even radicalizing people in many non-Russian republics. Continue reading
Tatarstan is a long way from South Ossetia. While South Ossetia is a poor border region of Georgia battered by war, Tatarstan is an economic powerhouse in the heart of Russia, boasting both oil reserves and the political stability that is catnip to investors.
But the two places have one thing in common: Continue reading
In yet another echo of Moscow’s decision to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the leaders of Bashkortostan’s national movement say they will organize a joint protest by all non-Russian groups in the Russian Federation if Moscow continues to ignore Bashkortostan’s rights and demands. Continue reading