The Association of the Finno-Ugric Peoples of the Russian Federation announced their representatives will not participate in the next World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples, due to take place this June in Estonia; the association called into question the need for congresses in the future and blamed them for “interfering in the internal affairs of the Russian Federation and its peoples”.
“Recently in the international Finno-Ugric movement, in our opinion, destructive, clearly politicised tendencies have begun to manifest themselves more and more clearly in the activities of the World Congresses of Finno-Ugric Peoples, when the ‘Finno-Ugric map’ is used as one of the methods of pressure, and ethnic issues are deliberately used for the purpose of ethnopolitical speculation,” the association said in a statement, published in Russian.
Representatives of 23 different Finno-Ugric nations, including those based in Russia, are expected to gather in the Estonian town of Tartu in June 2021 for the World Congress of the Finno-Ugric peoples. The congress, organised by the Estonian NGO, Fenno-Ugria, was due to take place in 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Estonian World