Tatars, Bashkirs, Buryats, Kalmyks, Erzyans and other national movements seeking the decolonization of the Russian Federation began to establish contacts with Western politicians in order to form a coalition of allies.
On November 11, the first meeting of the Club of Free Nations took place – a discussion platform for the interaction of national and regionalist movements of the Russian Federation with European politicians. The meeting was moderated by Mantas Adomenas, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania. The event was organized by the League of Free Nations, which unites Bashkirs, Tatars, Buryats, Yakuts, Kalmyks, Chechens, Erzians, Mokshans, Cossacks and Ingermanlanders in their struggle for the realization of the right to self-determination and decolonization of Russia.
“The Russian-Ukrainian war: what will happen after Russia?” – this is how the organizers defined the topic of the first meeting. Participants include: Vidmantas Januliavičius, President of the Confederation of Lithuanian Industrialists; Oleksandr Biletskyi, Vice-President of the Ukrainian League of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs; Agne Dvarionien, Director of the Vilnius Club; Richardas Sartatavičius, General Director of the Confederation of Lithuanian Industrialists; Viktor Gamotskyi, Deputy Ambassador of Ukraine to Lithuania; Yuliya Klymenko, Member of Parliament of Ukraine, Co-Chair of the MFI “For Decolonization and Dismantling of the Russian Empire”; Pavlo Zhovnirenko, Adviser to the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine; Hanna Hopko, Head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Ukraine (2014-2019).
The League of Free Nations was represented by: Ruslan Gabbasov, Chairman of the Bashkir National Political Center, one of the leaders of the Bashkort Organization banned in the Russian Federation, Vladimir Dovdanov Deputy Chairman of the Congress of the Oirat-Kalmyk People, Mike Ingram, Ingermanland National Movement Activist, Rafis Kashapov, Vice-Prime Minister of the Government of Tatarstan in Exile, Co-Founder of the “Free Idel-Ural” Movement, Dorzho Dugarov, one of the Leaders of the Buryat National Movement, Chairman of the Supranational Pan-Mongolian Party, Syres Bolyaen, Patriarch and National Leader of the Erzyan Nation, Co-Founder of the “Free Idel-Ural” Movement).
The representatives of the League thanked Ukraine for its armed resistance to the Russian Federation, which gives hope to all peoples enslaved by Moscow, as well as for the historical documents adopted by the Verkhovna Rada: on the recognition of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria as an occupied territory and an appeal to the international community to promote the realization of the right of the peoples of the Russian Federation to self-determination.
The parties touched on such issues as overcoming the fear of the collapse of the Russian Federation in Western societies, synchronizing the efforts of Ukraine and Lithuania in the field of legislative support for the struggle of enslaved peoples for their right to self-determination and decolonization of Russia, cooperation in the field of training military volunteers, and the possibility of creating an institute of representatives on issues of peoples enslaved by Moscow.
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