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The 104th anniversary of the Republic of Karelia silenced in Russia

The anniversary, as with all republican anniversaries of the Russian Federation, has been increasingly downplayed and adjoined with other themes.


Russian Finnougrist conference

The VII All-Russian Finnougrist Conference 'Modern Finno-Ugristics: science-society-culture' took place in the Mari National Theatre in the capital of the Republic of Mari El, Yoshkar-Ola, on 27-30 June.


Few students in Mari El learn Mari as mother tongue

In the Republic of Mari El, Mari is the mother tongue of 7,400 pupils, which is nearly 9% of the total number of schoolchildren: of the 248 general education schools in the Republic of Mari El, Mari is taught as a mother tongue in 81 schools.


Karelian villagers do not like ethnotourism

Residents of the village of Kinnas (Kindasovo) in Karelia are categorically against their village being turned into a centre for ethnotourism.


Karelian-Finnish Friendship society closes down

An announcement appeared in the social network VKontakte of the chair of the Karelian-Finnish Friendship Society Yelena Barbashina, inviting the members of the society to a general meeting on April 23 in Petrozavodsk in the House of Karelian, Finnish and Vepsian Production. The agenda of the general meeting will include two items: 1) Liquidation of the Karelian-Finnish Friendship Society in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation; 2) Appointment of a three-member liquidation committee.


Putin and Lukashenko called Pyak family

From time to time, strange news comes from the Finno-Ugric regions of the Russian Federation, one of which is undoubtedly the phone call between the Russian and Belarusian presidents to the Pyak family of Nenets reindeer herders.


Olga Avdeyeva convicted in Izhkar (Izhevsk)

The Izhevsk City Court convicted Avdeyeva, a doctor and mother of many children, of discrediting the armed forces of the Russian Federation and fined her 120,000 roubles (about €1200).


Saami Literature Museum 30 years

On 18 April, the 30th birthday of the only museum dedicated to Saami language and literature in the Russian Federation was celebrated in the village of Revda of Murmansk Region.


30 years of Erzya Language Day

On 16 April, the Erzya Language Day is celebrated, as decided by the Foundation for Saving the Erzya Language, which was set up in 1993 to support the Erzya national movement. The Foundation itself was named after the linguist Anatoly Ryabov (1894-1838), whose birthday, 16 April, became the date for the celebration of the day in 1994.


Free Nations League organised in Estonia

On 4-6 April 2024, the Free Nations League held its first congress in Otepää, South Estonia, bringing together anti-imperialist movements in Russia.


Veps-language tours have become popular in Karelia

At the Media Centre for Karelian, Finnish and Vepsian Resources in the Republic of Karelia, it was reported that tours in Veps are becoming increasingly popular.


Russia's Ministry of Justice recommends restricting activities of social organisations

On 23 March, the general meeting of the Mari Republic regional social organisation Mari Ushem was held in Yoshkar-Ola, this time in a commercial venue. The republican, state-funded central institution for national organisations, the 'Friendship of Nations' (Дружба народов), did not provide a venue for the meeting.