June 12, 2015

A PEOPLE WHO THINK THEMSELVES A NATION ARE ONE:

What's in store for the Siberian movement? : Siberian neo-regionalism has recently gained momentum, writes Stanislav Zakharkin; a development fuelled not least by widespread concern about the uneven distribution of revenues from the region's oil and mineral resources. But is this diverse grassroots movement capable of effecting real change? (Stanislav Zakharkin, 6/11/15, Eurozine)

In recent years, the so-called Siberian movement has started to gain in popularity to the east of the Ural Mountains. The movement was born in the late 2000s in the regions, among a predominantly ethnic Russian population, and is becoming more active every year. 4100 people identified themselves as Siberians during the population census in 2010 - a 400 per cent increase on the previous census in 2002. It is probable that this increase is related to the information campaign "Siberian is a nationality!", carried out by activists of a virtual movement called "True Siberians". In addition, the number of people who did not indicate their nationality in 2010 sharply increased by more than four million people, as compared with 2002 - when 1.46 million people across Russia did not indicate their nationality. This, despite the fact that the total population of Russia decreased by 2.31 million people during the same period. Activists in the Siberian movement claim that many of the 5.63 million "people of no nationality" are Siberians, whose existence the federal government chose to ignore.

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