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Press release 22 July 2005

Press releases

Finnish journalist denied Russian visa (27.12.05)

Young Finno-Ugrians at the Congress of Turkic Youth (21.11.05)

International attention to problems of national minorities in the Russian Federation is not decreasing (01.11.05)

Chairman of Youth Association of Finno-Ugric Peoples attacked in Mari Republic, Russia (28.08.05)

Lusatian Sorbs express their solidarity with Udmurts (26.08.05)

Ethnic minority in Russia: media is filled with misinformation (25.08.05)

Closing of the 10th International Congress of Finno-Ugric Studies in Yoshkar-Ola (21.08.05)

Hopeless Udmurts appeal to Europe for support (19.08.05)

Russian authorities threatening an ethnic minority organisation (17.08.05)

Scientists replaced with officials at a scientific congress in Russia (16.08.05)

Tenth International Congress of Finno-Ugric Studies in Russia (15.08.05)

Estonian delegation to the 10th International Congress of Finno-Ugric Studies smaller than expected (12.08.05)

Estonian and Saami Theatres Start Co-operating with the Kalevala in Estonia (10.08.05)

An ethnographic film banned in Russia now available on DVD (09.08.05)

Doctoral scholarship in Estonia for foreign Finno-Ugrians (06.08.05)

An open letter to the President of Finland Tarja Halonen (02.08.05)

Estonian students caught in the wheels of Russia's internal politics (02.08.05)

The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation supporting the Mari people in Russia (07.07.05)

Ethnic minority convenes its congress in the underground (07.06.05)

Fascist group in Russia asserts being instructed by local administration (31.05.05)

Russian composer did not celebrate his anniversary in his home town (19.05.05)

European Parliament steps forth in defence of a national minority in Russia (12.05.05)

Federal Union of European Nationalities examined the situation of a Russia's minority (07.05.05)

Members of the European Parliament pass an action plan to improve the situation of Finno-Ugric minorities in Russia (27.04.05)

Finno-Ugric Minority of Russia Grateful to the European Parliament for Support (26.04.05)

Estonian Member of European Parliament on discussion with Russian parliamentarians on Russia’s minorities (22.04.05)

European Parliament Examining the Mari Situation in Russia (11.03.05)

Mari Nation Under Threat in Russia (22.02.05)

Opposition leaders still persecuted in Mari El: Vladimir Kozlov assaulted (04.02.05)

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Unrepresented Nations' and Peoples' Organisation


The 28th Finno-Ugrian expedition of the Estonian Academy of Arts, upon its arrival on July 21 evening to the town of Kozmodemyansk (the Republic of Mari El, Russian Federation), was immediately expelled from the republic by
the Mari El authorities. The expedition included seventeen master students of the Estonian Academy of Arts, a Belgian photographer and the Research Manager of the Munich Museum of Anthropology.

The expulsion was explained by the local Ministry of Culture (of Mari El) having not been notified in good time about the arrival of the expedition. Local officials also said that security of the members of the expedition cannot be guaranteed considering a festival taking place in Kozmodemyansk these days.

The expedition, having arrived in the Chuvash Republic on July 11, continued its way to the Republic of Mari El on July 21. The task of the expedition was learning the Chuvash culture and studying the extent of its similarity to that of the Maris, as these two peoples are culturally close to each other. It was planned to display the collected materials at an exhibition in the Estonian National Library and to hold a conference.

The incident, occurring on the eve of the 10th International Congress of Finnougristics to be held on August 15-21 in Yoshkar-Ola, the capital city of the Republic of Mari El, creates an unfavourable background for the event and questions the traditional practice of co-operation between the Finno-Ugric peoples. The Republic of Mari El is an administrative unit of the Russian Federation.

This year, interethnic relations in the republic have deteriorated. The local administration, however, whitewashes the situation and justifies its actions. The state-owned media is publishing hostile articles about Estonia. Earlier this year (on May 12), the European Parliament passed a resolution condemning the breach of human rights in Mari El and the pitiable situation of the Mari language.