Staunton, August 7 – One of the most intriguing questions is how ideas that originate among one people spread to another. In many cases, neither the “exporting” nor the “importing” nations are inclined to emphasize this fact of life, the former lest they be attacked by the imperial center and the latter lest their own movement be somehow devalued for its followers.
That makes any acknowledgement of this pattern especially valuable be it the ways that Baltic independence movements affected the non-Russian republics of the USSR at the end of Soviet times or the ways that the Republic of Tatarstan played a key role in shaping the policies and practices of non-Russian republics after that time.
(On the former, see especially, Nils Muiznieks, The Baltic Popular Movements and the Disintegration of the Soviet Union, UC Berkeley, PhD dissertation, 1993. On the latter, see Katherine E. Graney, Of Khans and Kremlins: Tatarstan and Future of Ethno-Federalism in Russia (Lexington, 2010).)
The latest example of such political sharing is provided by the Kumyks, a 500,000-strong Turkic nation in Daghestan whose leaders have long sought to gain a larger voice in there, are now looking at the Turkic Kazan Tatars and at the Finno-Ugric nations within the Russian Federation for inspiration as to how they should proceed.
On the Kumyk portal, Qumur.ru, Ramazan Alpaut reports that the Kumyk organization of Moscow a month ago secured the agreement of the World Tatar Congress to allow its representatives to attend the meeting of that organization now taking place in Kazan (qumuq.ru/ru/2016/08/05/tatarskaya-model-effektivna-no-my-vynuzhdeny-vyrabatyvat-kumykskuyu/