Contents (2012, 1/2)


Interview with N. M. LOBANOV, a chief editor of Mordovian broadcasting company “Siyazhar” of Television and Radio Broadcasting Company “Mordovia”


T. L. KUZNETSOVA (Syktyvkar, Russia). Komi Short Story at the End of XX – Beginning of XXI Century. Understanding the Contradictions of Modernity

Considering specific features of literary development of Komi short story, the author comes to the conclusion that short stories are going through the process of search and it is not ready to develop any conceptual view. In the thrust of negation the short story often shows a rather subjective perception of the world. It establishes the lack of heroes and focuses the attention on everyday life, minor moments and events.

YU. G. ANTONOV (Saransk, Russia). Nature of the Conflict and Characters in A. Tereshkin Dramas “The Seventh Day on the Way to …” and “The Sorokovins ”

The article reveals the nature of the conflict in the plays by A. Tereshkin that reflect the events of the Great Patriotic War. When analyzing the attention is paid to the disclosure of the characters’ features, and it emphasizes their personalities and origins.

A. V. MALEVA (Syktyvkar, Russia). Contemporary Women’s  Komi Poetry: the Theme of Double Reality

It considers one of the aspects of double reality theme in contemporary women’s Komi poetry. The study displays the   “parallel world” and provides an opportunity not only to identify the nature of a female poetic character describing the features of the female creative thinking, but also to reveal the world-view of the contemporary at the turn of the centuries


O. M. SUSOREVA (Saransk, Russia). Creative Personality of A.M. Doronin: Genre Variety of the Writer’s Prose in the Context of the National Literary and Artistic Process


V. L. ZHITAEV (Saransk, Russia). Teaching Staff of Mordovia Schools Before the Revolution

The author touches upon the establishment of the school intellegenzia in the pre-revolutionary Mordovia region paying particular attention to the role of the country council (Zemstvo) and the clergy in this process.

V. K. ABRAMOV (Saransk, Russia). On Differences between Erzya and Moksha

The article analyzes the anthropological, linguistic and other differences between Erzya and Moksha. It comes to the conclusion that these features belong to typical ethnic varieties within a single ethnic group and that attempts to separate the Mordovians into two groups pursues political goals, not science-based one. Such a split can lead the Mordovians away from being a political entity of the Russian Federation to the local level with all the ensuing consequences.


The image of the Region: ethno-cultural policy and regional lexicography. The interview with Vladimir D. SHAROV, Head of the Department of Ethnology, V. M. VASILYEV Mari Research Institute of Language, Literature and History


YU. A. KONDRATENKO, M. V. LOGINOVA (Saransk, Russia). New Trends in Contemporary Dancing in Mordovia

The article studies some trends in choreography in Mordovia. Particular attention is paid to the process of forming a new trend of dance called “folk-modernism”.


V. N. NEMECHKIN (Saransk, Russia), A. V. TSYKAREV (Petrozavodsk, Russia). The Work of the Youth Association of Finno-Ugric Peoples in the Area of Public Diplomacy


S. S. ARTEMYEVA, S. R. BIKMAEV (Saransk, Russia). Development of the Payment Cards Market on the Finno-Ugric Territories of Russia

The article tells about the development of payment cards in current conditions. It analyzes the processes that characterize the card industry, shows the current problems and suggests some solutions for the problems posed.

O. V. BAHLOVA (Saransk, Russia). Constitutional and Legal Regulation of Foreign Policy in the Finno-Ugric Countries

It considers the constitutional and legal aspects of forming and implementing the foreign policy of the Finno-Ugric countries. It analyzes the general principles of foreign policy in Hungary, Finland and Estonia, as well as foreign policy credentials of their State Government Bodies. The article compares relevant constitutional and legal provisions of the countries considering the specific features of their forms of government.


B. SEPPOLA (Skibotn, Norway). A Few Words About the Situation with the Kven Language in Norway

A. A. GROMYHIN (Saransk, Russia). The metaphor of the sky

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