Monthly Archives: February 2010

Non-Russians Call for Restoring Minority Language Component in Schools

Inspired by the UN’s declaration of February 21 as International Native Language Day, some 100 scholars and activists met over the weekend in Chuvashia and demanded that Moscow reverse course and restore the non-Russian language component in the schools of the republics in the Russian Federation.

Three aspects of this meeting are worth noting. First, it is another indication of the way in which activists within the Russian Federation are affected by the actions of international organizations. Continue reading


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Summer school of Mari language and culture

Yoshkar-Ola, Republic of Mari El, Russian Federation
July 5-25, 2010.

Mari State University is happy to announce the annual Summer School of Mari Language and Culture organized by the Institute of Finno-Ugric Studies and the International Office of Mari State University.

You are welcome to apply and learn more about Mari language, a kin language to many other Finno-Ugric / Uralic languages: Continue reading

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Bashkirs Demand Removal of ‘Careerist’ FSB Head from Their Republic

The Union of Bashkir Youth is calling for the removal of the head of the republic FSB because, its members say, he is provoking extremism in Bashkortostan where it has not existed in order to win plaudits for suppressing it from his bosses in Moscow and thus promotion to a more senior post somewhere else in the Russian Federation. Continue reading

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