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Erzyan Activist Convicted of Extremism

An activist of the Erzyan minority in Russia’s Ulyanovsk OblastVasily Bokin, has been convicted of extremism due to an article criticising the region’s educational policies.

In the article, which Mr Bokin published in his own newspaper, Nash Golos, in July 2009, he lambasted his village’s Erzyan language teachers for their “russificationist” educational methods and their unwillingness to defend their native language. The Erzya mostly reside inMordovia, which borders on the Ulyanovsk region. Continue reading

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