Mari El Republic is in the European part of Russia, borders on Kirov region in the North, on Tatar and Chuvash Republics in the South-East and South, on Nizhniy Novgorod region in the West and North-West. The length of its borders is more than 1200 km and total area is 23,3 sq.km.
How Russian Nationalism Fuels Race Riots
by Sean Guillory, The Nation
On the surface, the riot in Biryulyovo, a working class district in southern Moscow populated by a heavy mix of Russians and migrants, reveals the extent of Russian racism toward migrants, especially Muslims, and particularly North Caucasians. But writing off this latest ethnic explosion as mere racism brushes over the complexities of Russianess in a country that has been ruled by a multiethnic state since its inception. To understand Russian nationalism, even racism, you need to realize that despite their political, cultural and numerical dominance, many Russians see themselves a nation without a state.
On a total of about 20 million acres managed by over 35 million Russian families, Russians are growing their own organic crops - and it’s working.