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    The Tatars of the Russian Federation and national-cultural autonomy: a contradiction in terms?

    Bowring, Bill (2007) The Tatars of the Russian Federation and national-cultural autonomy: a contradiction in terms? Ethnopolitics 6 (3), pp. 417-435. ISSN 1744-9057.

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    Abstract

    This article explores the recent fate of the Russian experiment in national–cultural, non-territorial autonomy (NCA) through the prism of the experience of the Tatars. The Tatars are the most numerous minority in Russia and have achieved, peacefully, a very high degree of autonomy, in contrast to the Chechens. I seek to answer two questions. First, why did the NCA form at first appear so attractive to the Tatar elite? Second, why has it almost lost all significance to them and to others in Russia? It should be noted that this experiment is still presented by Russia as the centrepiece of its ‘nationalities policy’. Following some reflections on the importance of theory, I set out the latest Russian government depiction of the NCA experiment, as well as its critique by leading scholar Aleksandr Ossipov and the Russian Constitutional Court. I follow with an account of the history and influence of the Tatars in Russia. Fourth, I turn to the relationship of the Tatars with the theory and practice of NCA since 1917. Fifth, I analyse the Tatar response to the federal law ‘On National–Cultural Autonomy’ of 1996 and its amendment in 2004. Finally, I reflect on Ossipov's epitaph for the Russian NCA experiment.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Law
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2018 14:25
    Last Modified: 05 Nov 2018 14:25
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/24949

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