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The 10th International Congressus of Fenno-Ugristics
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Traditions  of  Scientific  Forum  Will Be Continued

     Finno-Ugric studies, having their old traditions, considered to be a scientific branch that unites studies of languages and cultures of related Finno-Ugric and Samodian peoples.

         The international cooperation of scientists, who conduct research in this field acquired organized forms at the end of the 50s, during Khruschev's times. At the scientists' meeting in Helsinki and Leningrad it was decided to hold international congresses for Finno-Ugric studies once in 5 years in different countries with Finno-Ugric population (Hungary, Finland, USSR, since 1991 - Russia and Estonia).

     The first International Congress took place in 1960 in Budapest, the second-in Helsinki (1965), the third-in Tallinn (1970), the fourth-in Budapest (1975), the fifth-in Turku (Finland) in 1980, the sixth-in Syktyvkar (1985), the seventh-in Debretsen (Hungary) in 1990,the eighth-in Yuvaskyla (Finland) in 1995, the ninth-in Tartu (Estonia) in 2000. The number of participants varied from some tens in Budapest up to a thousand and a half in Yuvaskyla. About a thousand participants took part in the last congress in Tartu.

     Russia is the place to hold X congress. Taking into consideration that Republic of Mari El is considered to be the center of Finno-Ugric studies, the International Committee of Finno-Ugric studies decided to hold the Xth  International Congress in August 2005, in Yoshkar-Ola on the basis of Mari State University.

     It should be noted that Estonia and Finland offer financial support to publish the  works. In order to prepare good specialists in the field of Finno-Ugric studies Universities of Finland, Hungary and Estonia open special free vacancies every year. Besides, courses on Finno-Ugric languages in Russia as well as abroad take place.

     International meetings of scientists, who deal with Finno-Ugric research, are strongly scientific without any political shade and they contribute to mutual understanding between peoples and states on our continent.

     The preparation work for the forum is going on in Yoshkar-Ola.

     On April 5th, 2003 the issues on Congress organization were discussed by L.A.Garanin, the chairman of the organizing committee, rector of Mari State University V.I.Makarov with the Minister of the Russian Government V.Yu.Zorin.

     On May 28th, Ishtvan Fodor, the chairman of Hungarian national Finno-Ugric Committee, studied the way the congress was being prepared.

     On June 6th, 2003, the President of Mari El Republic L.I.Markelov sent a letter to the President of the Russian Federation V.V.Putin asking for help in organization of the Xth  International Congress in Yoshkar-Ola.



Executive director of X International Congress for Finno-Ugric Studies