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Udmurt-Language Scholar Mourned In Russia After Self-Immolation Protest


Mourners paid their respects on September 12 at the funeral of Udmurt scholar Albert Razin, who died by self-immolation in a protest against Russia’s language policies in the town of Izhevsk, capital of the Volga region of Udmurtia. Continue reading

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Man Dies After Self-Immolation Protest Over Language Policies In Russia’s Udmurtia


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A 79-year-old man who lit himself on fire protesting against Russia’s language policies in the capital of the Volga region of Udmurtia has died. Continue reading

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Mini-Grant Competition Launched for Finno-Ugric Language Initiatives

image7URALIC Centre for Indigenous Peoples, on behalf of the project «SANA 2019: Civil Society Network for Preserving and Revitalising Indigenous Languages», is announcing a competition for mini-grants.

The competition is held with the objective to support new and original local initiatives for preserving and practicing indigenous Finno-Ugric languages in the Baltic Sea region. Continue reading

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New Civil Society Network Will Support Finno-Ugric Indigenous Language Activism

d9afae4fbb897673718d733f261afb90Civil society organisations of indigenous Finno-Ugric peoples from Russia, Estonia and Finland are among the first to join preparations for the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019 that has been proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly. Representatives of Finno-Ugric peoples from the Baltic Sea Region have established a civil society network for preserving and revitalizing indigenous Finno-Ugric languages, by proposing concrete steps for ensuring sustainability of these languages. Continue reading

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European linguists’ statement on behalf of Russia’s minority languages


Pravo_na_jazyk_HelsinkiOn 19 June 2018, the State Duma of the Russian Federation approved a law that would make the study of all minority languages spoken in the territory of the country voluntary. The law is being discussed again in the Duma on 24 July, but still there is no evidence that this law will protect minority languages rather than weaken their situation. Continue reading

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Mari village Shorunzha selected as next Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture

SU_pealinna-2019_valim_21On April 8, the winner of the Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture 2019 competition was announced in Obinitsa (Setomaa, Estonia) during the 2nd Forum of Finno-Ugric Villages. The next Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture will be Shorunzha village from Mari El Republic of the Russian Federation. The other two finalists of the competition were Arkhangelskoye village from Komi-Permyak Okrug of Perm Krai (Russian Federation) and the town of Zirc from Hungary. Continue reading


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Russian Authorities Threaten to Take Away Teacher’s Children Over Hunger Strike

Yekaterina_SokolovaRussian municipal authorities have reportedly threatened to take away a local art school teacher’s children after she protested against low pay.

Yoshkar-Ola art school teacher Yekaterina Sokolova went on a hunger strike in mid-March after her salary was cut by more than half, from 27,000 rubles to 15,000 rubles ($263), the local 7×7 news website reported. Continue reading

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