MINELRES: RFE/RL: Kamchatka Governor Challenged to Duel for Ethnic Slur

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RFE/RL Russian Political Weekly
Vol. 3, No. 17, 1 May 2003

A Weekly Review of News and Analysis of Russian Domestic Politics

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KAMCHATKA

GOVERNOR CHALLENGED TO DUEL FOR ETHNIC SLUR. Aleksei Bobryakov, an
administrator of the Association for Numerically Small Native Peoples,
has challenged Kamchatka Oblast Governor Mikhail Mashkovtsev to a duel,
regions.ru reported on 23 April, citing Kamchatka television station
Channel 10. Bobryakov was insulted by Mashkovtsev's use of the term
"asphalt Koryaks" on local television a few days prior. Bobyrakov had
asked Mashkovtsev about the distribution of fishing quotas allotted to
native peoples living in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskii, when Mashkovtsev
responded that he does not recognize "asphalt Koryaks." Koryaks are
traditionally semi-nomadic reindeer herders who live in north Siberia,
and, according to the website, the term "asphalt Koryak" refers to
people who are "fully assimilated into the dominant ethnic culture and
no longer participate in traditional means of exploiting nature," such
as fishing. JAC

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