Tag: Discrimination

Despite Russian Complaints, Buryat Woman Given Consolation Prize in St. Petersburg Beauty Contest

November 7, 2014

Staunton, November 7 – Russians who voted online for the title “Mrs. St. Petersburg” complained that one of the 25 competitors was a Buryat and charged her with Russophobia, a accusation Viktoriya Maladayeva denied. Organizers said this was the first such situation in the five years of the competition and awarded her the consolation title […]

Russia This Week: Professor Dismissed for Crimean Criticism Reinstated (April 7-11)

April 11, 2014

Updated Daily. A professor who compared Putin’s forcible annexation of the Crimea was fired from his position, but then later re-instated after protests. But for how long? Meanwhile, bloggers face new challenges as conservative legislators seek to equate bloggers with media outlets under the restrictive Russian press law. Go here, here, and here for past […]

Chukchis Sue Dictionary Compilers for Denigrating References to Their Nation

March 27, 2014

Staunton, March 27 – The Chukchis, a numerically small nation in the extreme far northeast of the Russian Federation on the Bering Straits, have long been the object of Russian humor. Some “Chukchi jokes,” as they are known, focus on the absurdities or problems of Soviet or Russian life, but others make fun of the […]