10 September 2009, Thursday, 16:18

Preparation for the IV all-Russian congress of Finno-Ugric nations is close to the end

author: Nikolai Ermolenko

Two weeks left till the beginning of the IV congress of Finno-Ugric nations. The congress will be held in the capital of Mordvinia — Saransk on September 24-26 and judging fr om the incoming information it will definitely outshine all previous ones. The last meeting of the steering committee and the work group on holding the congress has taken place in Saransk, the Mordvinian National Dramatic Theater, on last week, the newspaper “Mordvinia Chronicles” reported.

On this occasion the director of the international relations department under Russian Ministry of regional development Alexander Zuravsky visited Saransk. Members of the national committees of Mari-Al, Udmurtia, Karelia, Perm region and Yamal-Nenets autonomous district and representatives of public organizations and authority participated in the meeting too.

More than 33 regional groups will come and take part in the congress but the number of applications grows up every year, so it is expected the number of the participants by the beginning of the congress will substantially grow up, i.e. practically all regions, where Finno-Ugric nations live at present time, will be present. The congress’s program is also approved by the steering committee. It will consist of many cultural actions, prepared by the authorities and public communities of Mordvinia – festivals, exhibitions and even a hockey tournament.

Alexander Zuravsky underscored that federal authority paid high attention to Finno-Ugric nations and Republican authorities of first of all those regions, where these nations lived, also made their endowment. “It proves that ethnic-cultural development of Finno-Ugric nations in Russia remains stable” – Alexander Zuravsky stated.

More than two million rubles will be spent for preparation and holding the IV congress of Finno-Ugric nations. Besides, Russian regions will allocate their own means for tickets for their delegates. Four delegates and two observers will take part in the congress fr om Republic of Bashkortostan, as it was already reported, and Ministry of culture and national politics RB renders assistance to them.

But Finno-Ugric nations live not just in expectation of the forthcoming congress. Thus, fr om 1,2 billion rubles fr om the federal exchequer, allocated in 2009 for state backing of non-commercial organizations, participating in development of civil society institutes, the overall sum of the grants, won by public communities of Mordvinia, made up more than 9,5 million rubles. The Volga center of Finno-Ugric cultures won the biggest grant in three million rubles for realization of the project on expansion of information space of Finno-Ugric nations. As the director of the center Uri Michanin reports the means will be spent for development of “Finno-Ugric Newspaper”. The offices of this newspaper are present in all Finno-Ugric regions of Russia and in those regions, where Finno-Ugric population lives in small settlements. Now it will be a full-colored, 16-type range newspaper, which the best journalists from Mordvinia, Bashkortostan, Tatarstan, Mari-Al, Udmurtia, Karelia, Komi, Khanty-Mansiysky autonomous district and many other Russian regions intend to start cooperating with.