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Press release

21 November 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

Young Finno-Ugrians at the Congress of Turkic Youth

12. Congress (Kurultay) of Turkic Youth took place in Istanbul, Turkey,
13. - 20. November, and finished its work yesterday. Minister of Foreign
Affairs of Turkey Abdullah Gul opened the event. 230 delegate from many countries participated in its work, among them representatives of the Youth Association of Finno-Ugric Peoples YAFUP/MAFUN from Finland, Hungary, Estonia, and Finno-Ugric regions of the Russian Federation. Finno-Ugric and Turkic youth used regular opportunity to discuss similar problems, exchange opinions on hot issues of the day, to share experience of language and culture assertion, fostering of ethno-national identities.

Congresses of Turkic Youth are organised by the Youth Organisation of Turkic Youth YOTY/MOTM, which unites youth organisations of Turk, Azeri, Gagauz, Krim Tatar, Volga Tatar, Bashkort, Chuvash, Kabarda, Balkar, Kazakh, Turkmen, Uzbek, Kyrgyz, Uighur, Khakass, Tuva, Yakut, Shor and other peoples. Every year different events are held by MOTM. The place of the congress in Istanbul this year was chosen also because during the post-Soviet times 32 thousand students from countries of the former Soviet Union, and at first hand from Turkic regions of the Russian Federation, studied in Turkey.

MAFUN and MOTM have similar problems. For instance, the issue of delegates’ age margin was discussed at the congress. Many participants of the congress were actually adults. Leading positions in MAFUN can hold activists under thirty years of age when elected, and must not be on government service. Such restriction is in accordance with UNESCO’s definition of youth aged 18-30 years old. The problem of working language was raised at the congress as well. Turkish is clearly lingua franca in the Turkic world, that is why the problem of working languages in MAFUN and other Finno-Ugric fora seems to be sharper.

Turkic language unity consists of more than 40 peoples, more than 150 Millions. Unlike the languages of Finno-Ugric unity Turkic languages are close enough for representatives of different peoples to understand each other; sometimes it is spoken even about one unified Turkic language. Almost all Turkic peoples are Muslims. Finno-Ugrians and Turkic peoples are proven to make an entity by theory that their languages originate from the common Ural-Altaic tree, which branches according to Turkic classification departed in pre-Turan period. Common are also their dissimilarities from Indo-European languages.

There is similarity in political status of these peoples. Only few peoples of these linguistic entities have their own states. At the same time, many peoples are national minorities and live in the Russian Federation and other countries of the former Soviet Union. Membership of Finland, Hungary and Estonia in the European Union predicts trajectory of some modernisation channels for Finno-Ugric peoples in the Russian Federation. Turkey with its rapidly growing population, which forms nowadays more than 74 Millions, and huge Diaspora in many European countries, holds negotiations to join the European Union and needs partners for dialogue in this process.

Finno-Ugrians can become valuable partners for Turks, because they have experience of work with international and European structures. For example, the resolution of European Parliament concerning violations of human rights and democracy in the Republic of Mari El was adopted in May this year. Other example, exactly on the day when the congress started in Istanbul, the international seminar for development of international cooperation of Finno-Ugric ethno-national organisations with international and European finished its work in Syktyvkar, Komi Republic.