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National Congress of Kalmykia publishes declaration of independence from Russia

Kalmyk stupa in the village of Buruny, Astrakhan region. Illustrative photo
National Congress of Kalmykia publishes declaration of independence from Russia

On October 27, Kalmyk national activists published a document stating that complete independence is a prerequisite for preserving the language and culture of this Buddhist national minority of Russia, Idelreal, a desk of RFE/RL, reported.

The declaration of the Oirat-Kalmyk People’s Congress, a semi-exiled organ which coordinates conferences of national activists from the Russian Kalmyk Republic, lists the main claims against the current Russian regime, which prompted the authors of the document to proclaim the beginning of the struggle for independence.

Among them are “the insane centralization and militarization of the country”, “the Kremlin’s total attack on the cultures and languages of the non-Russian peoples conquered by Russia”, “the commission of international crimes” and five more points referring to the authoritarian and imperialist nature of Russian politics.

The topic of Russia’s possible disintegration began to be discussed more frequently after the outbreak of war in Ukraine in February 2022. Questions about the independent future of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation were discussed at conferences of the League of Free Nations and the Forums of Free Nations of Post-Russia.

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National activists from among the Erzyans, Tatars, Bashkirs, Cossacks, Buryats, and other peoples of Russia had expressed their desire for independence.

In October, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine recognized the self-proclaimed Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, which proclaimed its independence after the dissolution of the USSR but was forcefully adjoined to Russia after two Chechen wars, as “temporarily occupied by Russia.

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