in Bashkir and in Russian).
Among the most important issues agitating Bashkirs now, he said, was control over land. The Bashkirs are seeing land that they thought would always be there bought up by people coming from “Orenburg and other oblasts,” a clear reference to Russians who have enough money to buy at fire sale prices Bashkir land.
(Although Alsynov did not mention it, Russians may have an additional reason for such purchases and the Bashkirs for resenting them: the Orenburg corridor between Bashkortostan and Kazakhstan is a political issue: Many in the Middle Volga see it as a bridge to independence; many Russians worry it could be. See .)
Alsynov says his team has organized the protests via the Internet. His VKontakte group,