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Press release 21 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 ended yesterday in Yoshkar-Ola, capital city of the Republic of Mari El in the Russian Federation. The congress lasted six days and was attended by nearly five hundred researchers of Finno-Ugric and Samoyed languages and peoples, including 132 foreign scholars.

On Wednesday, after the workshops, the late President of the congress Yuri Anduganov was commemorated. The commemorative evening was guided by one of Anduganov's close friends, Chairman of the Mari Congress Laid Shemier (Vladimir Kozlov) who gave the floor to relatives and colleagues of the late President. The memory of a good colleague and friend was honoured by Prof. Péter Domokos and Prof. Gábor Bereczki (Hungary), Chairman of the Finnish Committee of Fennougrists Sirkka Saarinen, Chairman of the Estonian Committee of Fennougrists Tonu Seilenthal, Prof. Lázló Honti (Italy) and many other noted fennougrists. Representatives of the Republic of Mari El and the Mari National University did not attend.

The commemoration was followed by a reception arranged by the three Finnish-Ugric countries. Fennougrists were welcomed by Estonian Education and Science Minister Mailis Reps, Finnish ambassador in the Russian Federation Harry Gustaf Helenius and temporary Charge d'Affaires of Hungary in the Russia Federation Jozsef Vajda. The Estonian embassy in Moscow presented Russian participants with the 2006 Kindred Peoples Calendar published by the Estonian Academy of Arts and the Fenno-Ugria Foundation. The organisers of the Congress did not hand invitations to the reception to all participants as requested.

According to the decision by the International Committee of Congresses of Finno-Ugric Studies, the next 11th Congress will be held in 2010 in Piliscsaba, Hungary. Prof. Sándor Csúcs was proposed as its President.

At the closing ceremony, Hungarian scholar Prof. Gábor Bereczki, holder of the Estonian Maarjamaa Cross, was awarded the certificate of Honored Scientist of the Republic of Mari Eli. Bereczki has been studied the Mari people and their language for over fifty years. He and musicologist Lázló Vikár are co-authors of a fundamental collection of Mari folk songs.

Yesterday afternoon, President of the Republic of Mari El Leonid Markelov gave a reception to the participants. Vladimir Kozlov who is among the opposition leaders was invited neither to this reception nor to the closing plenary session, although he made a presentation at the congress.