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Institute for Human Rights:
INSTITUTE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS CALLING TO SUPPORT MARI PEOPLE
COMMUNITY SUPPORTING THE OPPRESSED MARI MINORITY IN RUSSIA
Nations' and Peoples' Organisation
Minority of Russia Grateful to the European Parliament for Support
Mari nation expresses its gratitude to the European Parliament and international
As the Mari minority in Russia learned about the
move to protect its rights initiated in the European Parliament, their
leading organisations jointly published an open letter. The authors
point that a traditional holiday, The Day of the Mari Hero, is celebrated
on 26 April when the Mari issue will be discussed at the European Parliament.
They express their gratitude to members of the European Parliament and
to all people who have put their signatures under the Appeal on Behalf
of the Mari People open on the web page www.ugri.info/mari.
The letter reads:
This time, the Day of the Mari Hero will be unusual. On the same day
in Brussels one of the working groups of the European Parliament will
be discussing the issue of infringement on human rights and violation
of democratic norms in the Republic of Mari El.
The European MPs scarcely know that the Mari nation
has a holiday called the Day of the Mari Hero and that they will hold
their discussion exactly on this date. But what a concurrence! May we
express our gratitude to the deputies of the European Parliament for
their care for the future of our people. Using the occasion, we congratulate
our compatriots with the holiday and also thank all people from all
around the world for putting about 10 000 signatures of solidarity and
in support to our people on the Internet!
Council of All-Russian Mari Movement 'Mer Kanash'
Republican Council 'On Kanash'
Nongovernmental Organisation 'Mari Ushem'
Yoshkar-Ola City Branch of 'Mari Ushem'
Organisation of Mari Youth 'U Viy'"
against journalists and opposition in the Russia's autonomous Republic
of Mari El that have caused international concern
November 21, 2001: Aleksandr Babaykin, assistant
chief editor of the opposition newspaper The Good Neighbors, is brutally
killed in the centre of Yoshkar-Ola, the capital city of Mari El.
November 2001: Leonid Plotnikov, assistant chief of department
of the publishing house Periodika Mari El, is killed.
November 2001: Aleksei Bakhtin, journalist of a regional newspaper,
March 12, 2002: Vladimir Maltsev, chief editor of the newspaper
The Good Neighbors, is attacked in the evening and caused severe bodily
March 14, 2002: The door of the Vladimir Maltsev's apartment
is poured over with fuel and put on fire by unknown persons.
April 16, 2002: Viktor Nikolayev, Member of Consultative Committee
of Finno-Ugric Peoples and Chairman of the all-Russia movement Mer Kanash,
is attacked and brutally beaten in front of his house. Nikolayev had
just called the 6th extraordinary Mari Congress due to be held on 26
August 14, 2004: a pogrom is made in the apartment of Valentin
Matveyev, a public figure and author of critical articles in The Good
October 4, 2004: masked bandits, armed with weapons and acting
in the name of the Department of Criminal Investigations, attack the
apartment of an employee of the human rights organization Citizen And
October 2004: journalist Vitaliy Igitov is attacked. Earlier,
in personal conversations, Leonid Markelov called Igitov the man who
had insulted him most.
January 7, 2005: correspondent of the Radio Liberty / Radio Free
Europe Yelena Rogacheva is attacked.
February 7, 2005: Vladimir Kozlov, chief editor of the international
Finno-Ugric newspaper Kudo+Kodu, Member of the Consultative Committee
of the World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples and leader of the all-Russian
movement of Mari people Mer Kanash, is attacked and severely beaten.