Tag: Tatar

Non-Russian Language Education Being Decimated Under Putin

February 26, 2015

Staunton, February 25 – Between 2002 and 2010, the number of schools offering non-Russian language instruction has declined by more than 65 percent, and the number of pupils studying in these languages has declined by nearly 80 percent, according to Olga Artemenko, a senior scholar at the Education Ministry’s Federal Institute for the Development of […]

Putin Purges the (Non-Russian) Peoples’ Libraries and Schools

December 5, 2014

Staunton, December 5 – In 1969, Bertram Wolfe published his classic study, “Krupskaya Purges the People’s Libraries” in the London-based journal Survey, an essay in which he described the way Lenin’s wife began putting a straightjacket on intellectual life in the Soviet Union. Now, in yet another revival of the Soviet past, Vladimir Putin is […]

Could People of Mixed Nationality Determine the Fate of the Russian Federation?

November 13, 2014

Staunton, November 13 – As many as 40 million residents of the Russian Federation – almost 30 percent of the total — are people of mixed ethnicity, either because they are the offspring of ethnically mixed families or have had life experiences which have left them not with a single ethnic identity but with a […]

Crimean Tatars Must Prepare for New Deportation, Expert Warns

September 24, 2014

Staunton, September 24 – Igor Semivolos, director of the Kyiv Center for Near Eastern Research, says that the Crimean Tatars must prepare themselves for what had been unthinkable only a few months ago: their forcible deportation from their homeland by the Russian occupiers for the second time, an action that would constitute a clear “crime […]

New Film Documents 10 Percent of Russian Troops in World War I Were Tatars

August 26, 2014

Staunton, August 26 – A new documentary film, “Unnoticed Heroes of a Not Well-Known War,” released in Moscow as part of Days of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan, calls attention to one aspect of that conflict few know about: ten percent of the Russian subjects mobilized to fight in World War I, some 1.5 […]

Volga Tatars Nominate Crimea’s Mustafa Cemilev for Nobel Peace Prize

April 28, 2014

Staunton, April 26 – Tatar organizations in the Middle Volga have nominated Mustafa Cemilev, the longtime leader of the Crimean Tatar national movement, for the Nobel Peace Prize, a step that calls attention to Cemilev’s efforts to defend his land against Russian aggression and growing ties between the Tatars of Crimea and the Tatars of […]

Crimean Tatars a Major Challenge to Moscow on Peninsula, Makarkin Says

March 25, 2014

Staunton, March 25 – Not only have the Crimean Tatars become “the main problem for Russia” on the peninsula, Aleksey Makarkin says, because of their opposition to unification with Russia, but they represent an issue that won’t be resolved any time soon and thus are something that “will create ever more problems” in the future. […]

Crimea First ‘Ethnic Russian Republic’ within Russian Federation

March 21, 2014

Staunton, March 21 – By annexing Crimea, Vladimir Putin has created “the only ethnic Russian republic” within the Russian Federation, an ethnicization of political life there that will begin by threatening the Crimean Tatars with a new round of repression and end by threatening more of Russia’s neighbors and Russia itself, according to Renat Akhmetov. […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 22: Kiev Establishes a New National Guard

March 11, 2014

While the world waits to see what happens after Crimea’s March 16th referendum on joining Russia, there is plenty of activity in Ukraine. Russia continues to establish its stronghold in Crimea, while Kiev is arresting former government officials and has now issued arrest warrants for leaders of the Crimean government. Meanwhile, both sides continue to […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 21: A Crackdown on Crimean Tatars?

March 10, 2014

As Russian troops continue to swell on the Crimean peninsula, and dueling rallies were held both in support and in resistance to Russian activity there, there are new claims that Crimean Tatars may be targeted by local Crimeans before this crisis is resolved. Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and analysis of […]