Bashkortostan Protests and the Future of the Russian Federation

The sentencing of Indigenous rights activists triggered the recent protests in Bashkortostan Fail Alsynov, who was convicted of inciting ethnic hatred and subsequently sentenced to four years in a penal colony. The demonstrations reflect deeper layers of discontent within Russia’s highly centralized, authoritarian system and underline how Kremlin fears about any instability inside the state.

The discontent in Bashkortostan is compounded by the widespread perception that non-Russian ethnic groups, including Bashkirs, have borne the heaviest burden of the aggressive war in Ukraine. The protests have highlighted the broader grievances of the Bashkortostan protest movement and its potential to spread, with people feeling humiliated and insulted due to the lack of regular, legal means to defend their interests.

The future of the Russian Federation could be impacted by the strengthening of repression towards ethnic activists, as they underscore the growing discontent, particularly in a multicultural society like Russia. Such limitations on usual avenues for expressing grievances in the country could be a path of disintegration in russian regions.

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