Tatar Activists Oppose Russian Government’s Renaming of Presidents

Recently, the Russian State Legislature renamed the title of all republic heads in the Russian Federation, stating that the Federation should “only have one president.” Now activists in Tatarstan are protesting against this name change, on the grounds that abolishing the presidency would also abolish their┬ásovereignty.

Several activists staged a protest in Kazan, and protester Rinat Yunusov stated, “First they banned our alphabet, then free elections, now they are trying to annul our presidency, and then they will propose abolishing our republic,” The Tatar government had attempted to switch from the Cyrillic alphabet to the Latin one several years ago, however Moscow put a stop to the initiative.

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