Estonia is urged to increase diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation, including the application of sanctions against Russian officials (governors of regions, prime ministers, etc.)
The Free Nations League, which unites the peoples held captive by Moscow in their struggle for their right to self-determination, has asked the Riigikogu to condemn the actions of the Russian Federation aimed at violating and restricting the political, civil, national, religious and cultural rights of representatives of the captive peoples in the Russian Federation, as contradictory to generally accepted principles and norms of international law.
The authors of the appeal cite numerous facts of persecution of national activists from among kindred peoples as arguments to the Estonian parliamentarians. In particular, interference in the work of the representative bodies of the Erzya people in the form of a ban on entry into the territory of the Russian Federation for the Chief Elder of the Erzya, Syres Bolyaen; the creation of parallel national representative bodies in order to prevent the work of the legitimate representative bodies of the Erzya people; declaring the Erzya national flag "extremist" and "illegal"; persecution of national activists; illegal restrictions on freedom of speech on the territory of the Republic of Mordovia; limiting the study of the Erzya language in schools to two hours a week and making this course optional, etc.
“The Erzya, like any other people held captive by Moscow, are now going through a difficult and dramatic period in their history. The policy of assimilation is accompanied by repressions, forced mobilization, complete displacement of our languages from all spheres of public life, and total censorship. Russia is trying to present this policy as a natural process that develops by itself. It is important for us not only to prove that this is not so, but also to get moral support from civilized states, such as Estonia,” Syres Bolyaen explains the goals of the appeal.
Also, the authors of the appeal suggest a number of facts that illustrate Moscow's aggressive policy towards the peoples of the North Caucasus, Idel-Ural, Siberia and other regions.
Estonia is urged to increase diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation, including the application of sanctions against Russian officials (governors of regions, prime ministers, etc.), in order to suppress the policy of assimilation of captive peoples, as well as to promote the adoption at the European and international level of acts condemning the Russian economic, cultural and linguistic policy and the constant violation of Russia's obligations to the indigenous peoples and national republics.