Staunton, Nov. 2 – Russian officials in the Komi Republic have set up a special council for the preservation of spiritual and moral values, a group that includes the often outrageous governor as well as an Orthodox priest, local Muslim leaders, Cossacks, and pro-government media figures.
But what it doesn’t include is any representative of the titular nationality of the republic, the Komis, a Finno-Ugric nation in the Far East who have attracted attention in recent years for their protests against Moscow’s plans to build a trash dump at Shiyes and their votes against Putin and his allies in recent elections.
According to The Barents Observer, the new group has a broad mandate. It is to promote all-Russian civic identity, preserve historical memory, fight falsifications of history, and promote traditional family values (thebarentsobserver.com/ru/2023/10/na-strazhe-skrep-v-komi-poyavilsya-sovet-po-sohraneniyu-duhovno-nravstvennyh-cennostey
research “aimed at preserving and promoting traditional values.” But those don’t include the traditional values of the Komis, yet another sign of how Putin is Russifying the country.