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Mari El Flag No Longer Being Flown at Schools in that Middle Volga Republic

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One of the most important symbols of the non-Russian republics, their own distinctive flags, is now under attack, so far only in Mari El but supposedly there on orders from Moscow, a report that if true suggests that what has occurred in that Middle Volga republic will soon take place elsewhere. Continue reading

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Ingrians, Setos and Votes:

historical culture, religious traditions and language

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The book focuses on intangible and tangible heritage, language and vernacular religion of the Ingrians, Setos and Votes, three Finnic ethnic minorities sharing a long-standing identification with the Russian Orthodox faith. Written by 16 authors, the chapters are mainly based on nineteenth- and twentieth-century materials. The research history and collecting of folklore are also discussed. Continue reading

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Paganism in Russia Becoming Political Because of Ignorance and Inattention of Authorities

Experts Say

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The attention that self-proclaimed Shaman Gabyshev has received for his plans to march on Moscow and the victory of the KPRF over United Russia in Mari El, one of the strongholds of traditional religion in the Russian Federation, have sparked concerns in the Russian capital that paganism is energizing the political opposition. Continue reading

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Russian Nationalist Denounces Adding Karelian to Street Signs in Petrozavodsk as Step toward Secession

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The city government of Petrozavodsk, the capital of the Karelian Republic, has begun putting up street signs with names in both Russian and Karelian, even though ethnic Russians form 80 percent of the city’s population and even though Karelian is not a state language in the republic. Continue reading

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“Onaeng” Trailer

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Trailer for the film Onaeng (Mari priest) by Andrew Ogorodnikov. Continue reading

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Hill Mari wedding from matchmaking to post-wedding rutes

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Mountain Mari are a sub-ethnic group of the small Finno-Ugric Mari people. Most of the mountain Mari live on the land of their ancestors in the mountainous regions of the Republic of Mari El, located in the center of the European part of Russia. Many interesting and distinctive rituals have survived to this day in the traditional culture of this ancient people, one of which is marriage ceremony. Continue reading

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Mari Pagans Seek Registration as All-Russian Religious Organization

But Face Major Obstacles

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The Centralized Religious Organization of Mari Traditional Religion is seeking recognition as an all-Russian religious group because so many of its adepts live beyond the borders of the republic, but it faces serious obstacles on that path from some Mari pagans, from republic officials and from Moscow. Continue reading

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The Mari People’s Congress is fully controlled by the authorities since 2008

8_Vsemirnyj_sjezd_FU_narodovDue to the issues with the legitimate representatives of the Finno-Ugric peoples on the VIII World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples and the issues raised by Erzan Inäzor Syreś Boläeń we publish fully addressing of Mari Vasli Nikolajev he made in Facebook group Finno-Ugric People Unite to draw attention to the issues of indigenous people in Russia, from whom the majority are Finno-Ugric peoples, writes WALDEF.

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Neither Maris nor Tatars Happy about Amalgamation via Agglomeration Plan

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Moscow’s plan to amalgamate federal subjects by means of the agglomeration of cities in various regions and republics around major metropolitan centers is generating intense negative reaction in Mari El where the center appears ready to shift smaller cities from the former into an agglomeration based on Kazan in the latter. Continue reading

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Moscow splitting Finno-Ugric languages to promote assimilation to Russian

Mari linguist says

Moscow is currently promoting the division of the Mari language into two – the Meadow Mari and the Hill Mari — to reduce the number of speakers in each and make the assimilation of all Maris more rapid, the same tactic it earlier employed with the Komi language, dividing it into Zyryan and Permyak groups, linguist Margarita Kuznetsova says. Continue reading

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