Staunton, July 20 – Seven residents of the former Agin Buryat District say that they and other residents of that former federal subject were lied to in the 2007 campaign to get them to agree to be amalgamated into a common Transbaikal kray, that they want those behind these lies to apologize, and that they want changes to protect their nation and its culture.
In an open letter to the acting governor of the kray, to the leadership of the ruling United Russia Party there, and to all residents of the Agin Buryat District, the seven civic leaders say that nothing has worked out as the backers of amalgamation said it would and that their people are being destroyed (g.zbp.ru/ab/83/b9e828.bskayg.sw0i.pdf).
Consequently, they say, they want and expect apologies from all concerned and changes, including perhaps the reversal of the 2007 vote, lest their nation suffer any more. Their appeal has attracted widespread attention in the Russian Far East. (See, infpol.ru/news/asia/117210-agintsy-nas-naglo-i-bessovestno-obmanuli/ and chita.ru/news/89242/