Tag: Kalmykia

North Caucasians Have More to Protest about Than Nationality or Islam

November 9, 2015

Staunton, November 9 – Most observers focus on ethnic and religious issues as the drivers of protest in the North Caucasus, but in fact, North Caucasians have in addition to these concerns many other reasons to protest, some of which are typical of Russia as a whole and others regionally specific, according to Anton Chablin. […]

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 […]

Ethnic Intermarriage Declining in Non-Russian Republics of Russian Federation

June 6, 2015

Staunton, June 6 – Approximately one in four marriages in the Russian Federation involves people of different nationalities, but the number of ethnically mixed marriages varies widely among the country’s ethnic communities and between those living in their ethnic homelands and those living elsewhere. That pattern is not surprising given that the number of ethnically […]

Russia and Russian Nation Owe Their Existence to the Mongols, Kalmyk Émigré Eurasianist Argued

April 8, 2015

Staunton, April 7 — Eurasianism by definition is diverse because it argues that Russia to one degree or another has roots in both Europe and Asia, with some of its advocates stressing one and others the other. But few ever went as far in stressing the Asian nature of Russia as Erendzhen Khara-Davan whose ideas […]

Moscow’s Nervousness About Buryatia Highlights Transbaikal Republic’s Importance

April 1, 2015

Staunton, March 31 — Foreign intelligence services are seeking to drive a wedge between the various peoples of Buryatia, a Kremlin official told a Novosibirsk meeting on ethnic relations and national security yesterday, a latest indication of Moscow’s increasing nervousness about that strategically important republic and a signal to Buryats of just how important they […]

Is the Russian Orthodox Church Out to Provoke Russia’s Buddhists?

March 23, 2015

Staunton, March 2 — The Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, having offended many Russian liberals by its obscurantism and slavish subordination to the Kremlin and having angered many of Russia’s Muslims by its backing for missionary work among them, now appears set to offend a group it had hitherto largely ignored: Russia’s Buddhists. […]

Russians Were Also Repressed and Should Be Compensated, Kalmykia Head Says

October 16, 2014

Staunton, October 16 – Aleksei Orlov, the head of the Kalmyk Republic says that Russians like all the other peoples who were deported by Stalin should be compensated, a proposal that some will see as an act of simple justice given how many ethnic Russians in fact suffered but that others will view as a […]

Dalai Lama’s Attack on Putin Creates Problems for Politicians in Buddhist Kalmykia

September 12, 2014

Staunton, September 10 – On Monday, Die Welt published an interview with the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the world’s Buddhists, in which he sharply criticized Vladimir Putin for being “egocentric” and for seeking to isolate Russia from the rest of the world by rebuilding a Berlin wall, something the Dalai Lama said was […]

Firebombing of Muslim Prayer Room in Buddhist Kalmykia Raises Specter of a Burma in Southern Russia

July 4, 2014

Staunton, July 4 – Much of the world has been shocked by the violent clashes between Buddhists and Muslims in Burma, clashes that have claimed many lives and destabilized that southeast Asian nation. But now there is a risk that a similar kind of conflict could emerge in predominantly Buddhist Kalmykia, a republic in southern […]