Inner Asia 11 (2009): 147–155 © 2009 Global Oriental Ltd The Dissolution of the Buryat Autonomous Okrugs in Siberia: Notes from the Field KATHRYN GRABER AND JOSEPH LONG University of Michigan firstname.lastname@example.org University of Aberdeen email@example.com ABSTRACT This field report comprises observations on the political processes through which the two Buryat autonomous okrugs in Siberia were dissolved into (or, in local political rhetoric, ‘unified’ with) the larger territories surrounding them in 2008. The two sections discuss the dissolution decisions as observed by the authors in the course of fieldwork, in Pribaikal’e (Cisbaikal) by Joseph Long and in Zabaikal’e (Transbaikal) by Kathryn Graber. Some joint reflections on these events are given at the end. Keywords: Buryats, Ust’-Orda, Federalism in Russia, National Cultural Autonomy BACKGROUND On 1 January 2008 Ust’-Orda Autonomous Buryat Okrug ceased to exist as a federal subject of the Russian Federation and merged with the surrounding Irkutsk Oblast. On 1March the same year, Aga Buryat Autonomous Okrug and Chita Oblast followed suit in merging to form Zabaikal Krai. 1 Both okrugs were originally cleaved off from the Buryat-Mongol Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (BMASSR) in 1937. The reduced borders of the BMASSR today form the territory of the
Inner Asia – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
Keywords: FEDERALISM IN RUSSIA; UST'-ORDA; NATIONAL CULTURAL AUTONOMY; BURYATS
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