Staunton, December 25 – An Udmurt public organization has prepared what its organizers say is an extremely modest pinup calendar to call attention to the threat of linguistic and cultural assimilation that members of that 400,000-strong Finno-Ugric nation in the Middle Volga region of the Russian Federation now face.
The calendar features pictures of seven young Udmurt women who, photographer Nikita Ilin says, remained completely modest because of their “good education in traditional Udmurt families (nazaccent.ru/content/10137-socialno-eroticheskij-kalendar-na-udmurtskom-yazyke-rasskazhet.html and yumshanpromo.blogspot.ru/2013/12/blog-post_22.html).
But the calendar also features comments on the state of Udmurt society, and the producer of the calendar, Pavel Pozdeyev, told “AiF-Umurtiya” that his main goal was to “organize a small provocation in order to attract the attention of society to the problems of the Udmurts” (udm.aif.ru/society/people/1072595
This calendar (yumshan.livejournal.com/15630.html
Moreover, it reflects the spread of erotica into non-Russian portions of the Internet. The Udmurts in fact have been among the most active in this area as Roman Romanov, an organizer of an adult site in Udmurtia, discussed on a Finno-Ugric site at the end of August 2013 (finugor.ru/node/17083).
Romanov said there was great interest among Udmurts in such a site – several hundred visited it just after it went online -- and noted that Denis Sakharnykh, an expert on the Udmurt language, had said that “if erotic and pornographic content appears in Udmurt, then [that] language is alive.” Romanov added that it was attracting people from elsewhere as well.