Ethnic Processes in Karelia in the Post-Soviet Period (Implementation Features of Ethnic and National Policy)

  • Zinaida Strogalschikova Institute of Linguistics, Literature and History of the Karelian Research Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences
Keywords: Karelians, Vepsians, Finns, ethnic policy, national policy


The paper presents ethnic and cultural development of Karelians, Finns and Vepsians of Karelia in the Soviet and post-Soviet periods against political background, including relations with Finland and the internal political situation in the USSR/ Russia and Karelia. The paper shows that the Karelian and Vepsian communities of 1990s were the main initiator and actor of all activities to revive their languages and cultures.