RFE/RL on minorities in Russia


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RFE/RL on minorities in Russia


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RFE/RL Russian Federation Report
Vol. 2, No. 16, 26 April 2000
 
A Survey of Developments in the Regions Outside Moscow
Prepared by the Staff of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
 
******************Note to Readers*****************
A weekly supplement to "RFE/RL Newsline," the "RFE/RL
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Russian Federation outside Moscow and the North
Caucasus. Those interested in Russia's regions might
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RUSSIAN ROMA ACHIEVE CULTURAL AUTONOMY. Russia's one million Roma
appear to have finally achieved some measure of national-cultural
autonomy, "Nezavisimaya gazeta" reported on 22 April. According to the
daily, the formation of the Roma's autonomy was registered by the
Justice Ministry last month and on 20 April the Roma were granted
formal representation on the Ministry for Nationalities and Federation
Affairs. Ruling over the autonomy is a special council under the
leadership of Professor Georgii Demetr. According to the council, not
one school for Roma exists in Russia nor is there a single newspaper,
radio, or television station. They also contend that national
television has turned reportage about the Day of Remembrance for those
Roma killed in Nazi camps into a "farce," while stations have been
silent about the "horrible pogrom" waged against Roma at the Luzhniki
stadium market outside of Moscow. The daily concludes that having
created their own cultural autonomy, Roma are hoping that they can now
count on the support of the federal government to which they are
entitled under the law on small peoples. JAC

 
TURKIC, FINNO-UGRIC ETHNIC GROUPS EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR CONFEDERATION. A
conference of representatives of 10 regions in the Volga basin and
Urals inhabited by Turkic or Finno-Ugric peoples took place in
Ioshkar-Ola, capital of Mari El, on 24 April, RFE/RL's Kazan bureau
reported. Participants expressed their unanimous support for the
proposal by the moderate nationalist Tatar Public Center to create a
confederation of Turkic and Finno-Ugric peoples of the region with its
own parliament. They also agreed to hold conferences in August and
October 2000 of teachers and journalists respectively, and to create
an Idel-Ural Fund which will sponsor a newspaper that will report on
events in the region. Rais Kashapov, who heads the Chally branch of
the Tatar Public Center, told RFE/RL that conference participants
expressed concern that since Vladimir Putin's appointment as acting
Russian President Russian internal security bodies have intensified
their surveillance of organizations that represent ethnic minorities.
LF
 
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