Mironov says he is against giving non-Russians political territories unless they form a majority of the population there. In the case of Khakassia, the Turkic Khakass form “less than 12 percent” of the total according to the 2010 census. As a result of in-migration and ethnic engineering, ethnic Russians make up more than 80 percent of the total.
The candidate goes even further: he says he doubts that the Khakass are a unique people. According to Mironov, “before the destruction of the Russian Empire there were no references about ‘Khakassia’ and ‘the Khakass’ people.” The Bolsheviks in his view created this nationality in order to win friends locally.
He adds that he “is not concerned about protests by the indigenous residents after the liquidation of the status of the national republic … No one will become worse off from this – all will simply be equal to other peoples as to their rights and responsibilities.”
An FSB attack on a Khakass activist is the second. The Russian security service has brought charges of extremism against Lidiya Bainova, an ethnic Khakass who lives in the republic capital of Abakan, for a post she put on line ( ,