Cover Osteuropa 9/2006

In Osteuropa 9/2006

Politics on the Other Side of Lake Baikal
Multi-Ethnicity in the Buryat Republic

Olaf Leiße

Deutsche Fassung


The Buryat Republic is one of the multi-ethnic regions of Russia where no national conflict flared up during the collapse of the Soviet Union. Despite the existence of a relatively significant minority, there are to this day no noteworthy ethnically loaded social and political tensions in Buryatiya. Ethnic orientations play an important role mainly in the private sphere. This is due in part to a regional political system that contains a strong element of concordance. Overall, it has largely managed to limit the significance of ethnicity to the private, non-public sphere.

(Osteuropa 9/2006, pp. 73–84)