On 24 February, the Republic of Estonia celebrated its 106th anniversary.
Viktor Vorobyov, a deputy to the State Council of the Komi Republic and a representative of the Communist Party, submitted a draft law to the State Council’s Legislative Committee to allow the use of the Komi language in parliament.
The Komi-Permyak Literary Language Day is celebrated on February 17 by decree of the Governor of Perm Krai since 2010. As has become customary, a number of events and activities are organised on the occasion to promote the Komi-Permyak language.
The second-instance court of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug refused to recognise a resident of Urai town and her children as representatives of the Mansi.
The Udmurt Republic has been celebrating World Pelmeni Day for the past ten years, as according to some, Udmurtia is the homeland of the pelmeni dumplings. This year’s festival took place again from 5-10 February. In Udmurt, ‘pelnyany’ means ‘ear bread’, and in the city of Izhevsk, a monument of several metres in height has been erected to the dumplings.
On 23 January, the Mari director of the Mari National Theatre turned 70 years. A festival of his plays will begin in February in honour of the significant date.
On the eve of the presidential elections in the Russian Federation on 19 March, the initiative group ‘Karelian language to be given official status’ wrote an open letter to the local electoral commission proposing that the ballot papers be in Karelian and Veps.