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Press release 12 August 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)

Expulsion of Estonian students from the Mari Republic of Russian Federation (22.07.05)

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 10th International Congress of Finno-Ugric Studies "Congressus Decimus Internationalis Fenno-Ugristarum" will open on 15 August in Yoshkar-Ola, capital city of the Republic of Mari El in the Russian Federation. The congress will discuss problems of philology, ethnology, folklore studies, archaeology and ethnic history of Finno-Ugric and Samoyed peoples.

According to the head of Estonian delegation and Chairman of the Estonian Committee for Finno-Ugric Studies Ass. Prof. Tõnu Seilenthal, the number of Estonian participants will be smaller than at the previous congresses.

The number of registered participants from Estonia had been over fifty but dropped to just twenty by now. Beside the usual reasons like illnesses etc., the reports of infringement on the rights of the Mari people and assaults on public figures and people of culture in the Mari Republic were pointed at. Many decided to stay because of the feeling of insecurity. On the other hand, some explained their decision to participate by their desire to demonstrate solidarity with the Mari people and to render moral support to the Maris.

It was reported from Hungary that, according to Prof. László Keresztes from the Debrecen University, the Hungarian delegation will be smaller than ever in number. Together with Hungarians from abroad it will have 30 members only.

The plenary report on the Role of Estonian academician Paul Ariste in Russian Finno-Ugric Studies will be delivered by T. Seilenthal.

At the same time with the congress, Estonian Social Democrat MP Mrs. Katrin Saks will be visiting Mari El with the mission of drawing an official report for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on the situation of Finno-Ugric peoples.

During the congress, Estonia, Finland and Hungary will give a joint reception for participants. The hosts will be Minister of Education and Research of Estonia Mailis Reps, the Estonian embassy in Russia, the Finnish ambassador, and the Hungarian embassy in Moscow.

The travel of the Estonian delegation is supported by the Ministry of Education and Research.

The first congress of Finno-Ugric studies was held in 1960 in Budapest. Since then, congresses are convened each fifth year successively in each of the Finno-Ugric states (up to the 1990s Hungary, Finland and USSR, and today Hungary, Finland, Estonia and Russia). The previous congress took place in 2000 in the Estonian city of Tartu. This will be the second congress hosted by Russia. The 6th congress in 1985 was held in Syktyvkar, the capital of the Komi Republic of the Russian Federation.