The leaders of the three have already had at least two meetings to promote this idea. What makes it interesting and important is not that it will lead at least anytime soon to the redrawing of the borders of federal subjects but rather that it is a move from below, without Moscow’s sanction, and will change the meaning of those borders.
Such efforts have not been much in evidence since the late 1990s when plans to create broader regional organizations via agreements in Siberia and elsewhere threatened to undercut Moscow’s control. That they are re-emerging now suggests that the regions are once again exploring such possibilities.
And the third, this time from abroad, involves efforts in Ukraine by the various diasporas of nations from the Middle Volga to promote a common identity and to call for a single Idel-Ural Republic. They have published a map of that broader union in 1000 copies and distributed them to schools and libraries to promote the idea (