Erzya National Congress: We will strive for independence and secession from the Russian Federation

In the Estonian city of Otepää, the Erzya National Congress, convened in exile due to the intensifying repressions in the Russian Federation, completed its work. The delegates, after heated discussions and disputes, adopted high-profile resolutions: on new goals and objectives of the national movement, which include the struggle for independence and the secession of the Erzya territories from the Russian Federation, the approval of the desired borders, as well as the key principles for building a new state entity.

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Russian authorities massively involved FSB operatives to prevent Ras’ken’ Ozks

Mariź Kemaĺ

On July 9, 2022, in a village of Chukaly (Bolsheignatovskiy district, Republic of Mordovia) the national prayer gathering of Erzya people, popularly known as Ras’ken’ Ozks, took place. It is known that Ras’ken’ Ozks was forbidden as early as 1629 by Russian tsar’s decree. However Erzya people continued to support their religious tradition unofficially, particular during totalitarian rule of Russian communists. For first time after a long period of abandonment renovated folk prayer gathering took place on July 17, 1999. The representatives of Erzya intellectulas, activists of Erzya national revival Mariz’ Kemal and Kshumantsian’ Pirguzh have initiated the prayer gathering. Traditionally the venue for such a solemn event was chosen in connection with Erzya history, namely an ancient burial mound in a village of Chukaly, which confines, according to ancient legend, over 11 thousand of Moksha, Mari and Udmurt warriors fallen in 1612 in a battle with the Nogai horde. Since that time Chukaly became the traditional location for Ras’ken’ Ozks, that is conducted every three years.

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