Practice of Nationalities Policies Implementation

Regional nationalities policy is implemented even in those regions where authorities avoid articulating it, where there is no institution or instrument of such policy and where funds for its implementation cannot be detected. Thus, there is no territory the authorities of which would not take advantage of and not give support to a ethnic feast or another action in order to interpret such event as a good information opportunity for self-advertising.

Ethnic feasts, festivals and days of nationalities cultures, anniversaries, performances of ethnic song-and-dance groups, other ethnic cultural events the administrative resources and/or budget means are involved in are impressive: in some regions one may imagine that nationalities celebrations go on in tight succession. Even nowadays the folklore cultural component of nationalities policy is the dominant in some regions.

However in a greater part of Federation’s regions awareness of the fact that this component does not constitute the essence of nationalities policy is growing. Regions devote ever increasing attention to specific and extremely painful problems of nationalities education, minorities’ languages support, support of national minorities' mass media, minorities’ organizations, development of tolerance assumptions, struggle against xenophobia and discrimination of minorities. Some regions have achieved impressive successes along all above mentioned lines.

Several parameters have been used for comparison of nationalities policy implementation practices:

The real work is going on virtually everywhere, only in Voronezh and Tula regions no trace of it has not been detected (See Appendix 1. Assessment of Comparative Effectiveness of the Russian Federation Regions’ Nationalities Policy. ).