Tag: Bashkiria

Ufa Blocks Bashkir Demonstration on Basis of Newly-Important ‘Technicalities’

October 15, 2014

Staunton, October 11 – In what appears to be part of a new trend in the Russian Federation, officials in Ufa denied a group that wanted to hold a demonstration on the republic’s Day of the [Bashkir] Republic on the basis of technicalities which earlier these same officials had been willing to overlook. By adopting […]

Is Stalin’s First Major Act of Ethnic Engineering About to be Reversed or Exacerbated?

May 21, 2014

Staunton, May 21 – As Harvard historian Richard Pipes documented a half century ago, Stalin’s first great act of ethno-political engineering was the division of the Tatars and Bashkirs of the Middle Volga as part of a broader effort to weaken Kazan’s influence and that of the Muslim national communists led by Sultan-Galiyev. Now, that […]