Russia: The Bashkir Youth Union (or the Union of Bashkir Youth) in Ufa, including its ties to government and violent acts committed by its members (2001-February 2002)
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||6 March 2002|
|Citation / Document Symbol||RUS38591.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Russia: The Bashkir Youth Union (or the Union of Bashkir Youth) in Ufa, including its ties to government and violent acts committed by its members (2001-February 2002), 6 March 2002, RUS38591.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3df4bea218.html [accessed 26 May 2013]|
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Information on the Bashkir Youth Union (or the Union of Bashkir Youth) in Ufa is scarce among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.
According to Maj-Gen Viktor Yevtushenko, the head of the Russian Federal Security Service directorate for Bashkortostan, cited in a government news agency RIA dispatch from Ufa, the representatives of the Bashkir Youth Union were among the "radically-minded representatives of public organizations and ethnic asssociations" whom a group of journalists and international observers tried to secretly contact (19 Dec. 2000). The journalists were reportedly looking for information about the relations between Bashkortostan and the federal authorities, and the local reaction to "strengthening Russian statehood" (ibid.).
On 13 July 2001, the Tatar-Bashkir Service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty made reference to the Bashkortostan Youth Union as one of the promoters of a Bashkir youth forum held in Zianchura district, Bashkortostan. Other promoters included the Culture Ministry of Bashkortostan, the State Youth Policy Committee and the Amateur and Folks Art Center of Bashkortotstan (ibid.). Activities of the forum consisted of meetings with youth organizations, and cultural and sport events (ibid.). No information on whether Ufa is located in Zianchura district could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
RIA [Moscow, in Russian]. 19 December 2000. "Russia: 24 Foreigners Expelled From Bashkortostan for Spying." (FBIS-SOV-2000-1219 19 Dec. 2000/WNC)
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Tatar-Bashkir Service. Tatar-Bashkir Weekly Review. 13 July 2001. "Bashkortostan District Hosts Bashkir Youth Forum."
Additional Sources Consulted
Internet sites including:
Anti-Defamation League [New York]
Federation of Jewish Communities in the CIS [Moscow]
Human Rights Watch
Institute for Jewish Policy Research [London, UK]
International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights
The Jewish Bulletin of Northern California [San Francisco]
Minorities at Risk Project
The Russia Journal [Moscow]
The St. Petersburg Times
The Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism and Racism at Tel Aviv University
Union of Council for Soviet Jews (UCSJ)
US Department of State. Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
Aport (in Russian)
Rambler (in Russian)