Законопроект «Об образовании» — начало ликвидации федерализации в России

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Законопроект «Об образовании» — начало ликвидации федерализации в России

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Languages Play Very Different Role in North Caucasus than in Middle Volga, Experts Say

Monday, May 28, 2018

Languages Play Very Different Role in North Caucasus than in Middle Volga, Experts Say

Paul Goble

            Staunton, May 28 – In the debate about Vladimir Putin’s proposed law making the study of non-Russian languages voluntary, officials in the Middle Volga republics have lined up with their populations in opposing the measure, while officials in the North Caucasus have backed the Kremlin measure even though many in their populations object.

            This reflects the very different status and meaning of languages in the two regions, according to two experts, Amil Sarkarov of the Derbent news agency and Ruslan Aysin of the Poistine portal, who were interviewed by OnKavkaz journalist Amina Suleymanova (onkavkaz.com/news/2264-pochemu-vlasti-respublik-kavkaza-ne-zaschischayut-svoi-jazyki-pered-moskvoi-tak-jarostno-kak-ta.html). Read more

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Russian Government Heavily Funding Many Cossack Groups, MBK Investigation Says

Monday, May 28, 2018

Russian Government Heavily Funding Many Cossack Groups, MBK Investigation Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, May 28 –  The Russian authorities in Moscow and “from Kaliningrad to Salekhard” provides generous funding to neo-Cossack groups prepared to cooperate with the state and “gives them rights which have converted them into a special subject of the administrative code with large authority and special social protection.”

            That is the conclusion journalist Darya Bayeva reaches on the basis of an MBK news agency investigation into the overt and often covert programs of state support for people who want to call themselves Cossacks whatever their real background is (mbk.media/suzhet/bolshie-appetity/). Read more

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Circassians Remember the Past But Mobilize for the Future

Circassians Remember the Past But Mobilize for the Future

May 21 memorial ceremony, Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria (Source: circassianworld.com)

May 21 memorial ceremony, Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria (Source: circassianworld.com)

This year as every year for more than a century, the nearly 500,000 Circassians in their North Caucasus homeland and the more than five million Circassians in the diaspora paused, on May 21, to remember the losses they suffered during their 101-year-long resistance to Russian imperial expansion and their forcible expulsion from their homeland in 1864. Indeed, according to Zaurbek Kozhev of the Kabardino-Balkar Institute of Humanitarian Research, this memorial day is “an inalienable part of contemporary Circassian identity” and thus the basis for the mobilization of the community to pursue its collective goals, a point other speakers at memorial meetings made as well (Kavkazsky Uzel, May 23). Read more

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