Tag: Bashkortostan

Why are Only Some Non-Russian Republics Led by Members of Their Titular Nationalities?

November 3, 2015

Staunton, November 3 – In the final decades of the Soviet Union, many in the non-Russian union republics began to ask why some of them were headed by members of their titular nationalities and others by Russians and increasingly demanded that members of the titular nation occupy key posts. Over time, Moscow backed down, first […]

Russia Update: Chechnya’s Kadyrov Blames West for ISIS, Terrorists Who Killed Father

May 11, 2015

Prison riots in Nizhny Novgorod Region and Bashkortostan in the last week have left one convict dead and more than a dozen injured. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous issue is here. UPDATES BELOW Russia […]

Ten Disturbing Developments In And Around Russia

March 2, 2015

Staunton, February 27 – Disturbing events are happening with such dizzying speed that it is impossible to keep up with all of them. Indeed, this flood seems to be part of the Kremlin’s strategy to overload everyone’s cognitive system so that no adequate assessment or response can be developed or employed. The last few days […]

Primakov’s ‘Anti-Crisis Federalism’ Seen Threatening Russia’s Non-Russians

January 16, 2015

Staunton, January 15 – Many in Russia and the West are celebrating Yevgeny Primakov’s argument presented at the Mercury Club this week that hyper-centralization, a policy associated with Vladimir Putin, is a threat to the Russian Federation and its economic recovery and his call for devolving more powers to the regions of the country. But […]

A New Genre in Russian Commentary – Thinking about Russia after Putin

December 22, 2014

Staunton, December 20 – In the minds of some, Vladimir Putin used his press conference December 18 to demonstrate his conviction that he will remain president of Russia forever, ever more Russian commentators are asking “What will be the situation after Putin?” Among those doing so is Daniil Kotsyubinsky, a historian and journalist, who gave […]

Chuvash Linking Turkic and Finno-Ugric Peoples Together to Defend Non-Russian Languages

December 10, 2014

Staunton, December 9 – The Chuvash, a Christian Turkic nation which has its own republic in the Middle Volga, are, by virtue of their activism on behalf of their own language and culture, becoming the bridge between the Turkic nations like the Tatars and Bashkirs and the Finno-Ugric peoples like the Mari. They have traditionally […]

Moscow Moves to Create Alternative Crimean Tatar Organization

October 24, 2014

Staunton, October 21 – The Russian occupation authorities have announced plans to create a new Crimean Tatar public movement by the end of this year, the latest step in their efforts to isolate, discredit and undermine the Crimean Tatar Mejlis which is committed to a Crimean Tatar future within Ukraine rather than in the Russian […]

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 […]

North Caucasian Nation Increasing in Number Even Though Its Language is Dying

August 29, 2014

Staunton, August 29 – For many peoples, the death of their languages marks the beginning of the end of their national existences. But for others, the death of the one does not affect the life of the other. Indeed, some nations become more vital and nationalistic only after they stop speaking what some of their […]