Staunton, September 30 – An official action in Izhevsk this week has some dangerous implications not only for the more than 2.3 million members of Finno-Ugric peoples now living within the borders of the Russian Federation but also and more ominously for the cultural life of all non-Russians in that country.
At the closure of the highly successful sixth Finno-Ugric Ethno-Cultural Festival in the Udmurt capital, officials from the republic’s nationalities ministry said that there might not be another one in the future, although they were unable to explain why that in fact might be the case beyond suggesting there were problems with “the format” (idelreal.org/a/28020468.html
Finno-Ugric journalists in Russia, facing serious problems of keeping their publications going, have organized an electronic catalogue of these journals as an alternative to one distributed by post. It will ultimately include links to the more than 60 journals now issued in Finno-Ugric languages in the Russian Federation.
And more creatively still, the Finno-Ugric journalists have agreed that when they visit each other’s home areas, they will stay with fellow Finno-Ugric journalists from the local community, thus simultaneously saving money and increasing the awareness of these numerically small peoples of their common origins and common fate.