MINELRES: SURI Press release: International Congress of Finno-Ugric Studies

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Press release                 Tallinn, 21 August 2005
For immediate release

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CLOSING OF THE 10TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF FINNO-UGRIC STUDIES
IN YOSHKAR-OLA


Closing of the 10th International Congress of Finno-Ugric Studies in
Yoshkar-Ola

The 10th international congress of Finno-Ugric Studies ended yesterday
in Yoshkar-Ola, capital city of the Republic of Mari El in the Russian
Federation. The congress lasted six days and was attended by nearly five
hundred researchers of Finno-Ugric and Samoyed languages and peoples,
including 132 foreign scholars.

On Wednesday, after the workshops, the late President of the congress
Yuri Anduganov was commemorated. The commemorative evening was guided by
one of Anduganov's close friends, Chairman of the Mari Congress Laid
Shemier (Vladimir Kozlov) who gave the floor to relatives and colleagues
of the late President. The memory of a good colleague and friend was
honoured by Prof. Péter Domokos and Prof. Gábor Bereczki (Hungary),
Chairman of the Finnish Committee of Fennougrists Sirkka Saarinen,
Chairman of the Estonian Committee of Fennougrists Tőnu Seilenthal,
Prof. Lázló Honti (Italy) and many other noted fennougrists.
Representatives of the Republic of Mari El and the Mari National
University did not attend.

The commemoration was followed by a reception arranged by the three
Finnish-Ugric countries. Fennougrists were welcomed by Estonian
Education and Science Minister Mailis Reps, Finnish ambassador in the
Russian Federation Harry Gustaf Helenius and temporary Charge d'Affaires
of Hungary in the Russia Federation Jozsef Vajda. The Estonian embassy
in Moscow presented Russian participants with the 2006 Kindred Peoples
Calendar published by the Estonian Academy of Arts and the Fenno-Ugria
Foundation. The organisers of the Congress did not hand invitations to
the reception to all participants as requested.

According to the decision by the International Committee of Congresses
of Finno-Ugric Studies, the next 11th Congress will be held in 2010 in
Piliscsaba, Hungary. Prof. Sándor Csúcs was proposed as its President.

At the closing ceremony, Hungarian scholar Prof. Gábor Bereczki, holder
of the Estonian Maarjamaa Cross, was awarded the certificate of Honored
Scientist of the Republic of Mari Eli. Bereczki has been studied the
Mari people and their language for over fifty years. He and musicologist
Lázló Vikár are co-authors of a fundamental collection of Mari folk
songs.

Yesterday afternoon, President of the Republic of Mari El Leonid
Markelov gave a reception to the participants. Vladimir Kozlov who is
among the opposition leaders was invited neither to this reception nor
to the closing plenary session, although he made a presentation at the
congress.

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