Staunton, May 9 – Rumors are flying that Moscow may soon restore a ministry of nationality affairs in place of the Federal Agency for Nationality Affairs and that Magomedsalam Magomedov, the former president of Daghestan who has overseen nationality policy for the Presidential Administration since 2013 may be given the job.
There are at least three reasons why these rumors which have circulated before may have more substance now. First, the Presidential Administration is being re-organized and, according to an anonymous Kommersant source, there is no “chair” in the new constellation for Magomedov (kommersant.ru/doc/3622525).
Second, the Federal Agency for Nationality Affairs and its head Igor Barinov have been subject to withering criticism for planning and financial problems, much of it the product of the fact that the agency has too many responsibilities and too little power to impose its decisions on the republics and ethnic organizations (kommersant.ru/doc/3619753).
And third, if Vladimir Putin continues his drive against non-Russian languages and does move to do away with the non-Russian republics as ever more Russian nationalists are urging (nazaccent.ru/content/27184-russkie-aktivisty-predlozhili-uravnyat-vse-territorii.html