The Government of Russia included the Veps people in the list of indigenous small-numbered peoples of the North
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The order of the Chairman of the RF Government Mikhail Fradkov on 17 April approved the list of indigenous small-numbered peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East of the country verified by the results of the Population Census 2002. Before, it included 30 peoples, the new list includes 40. The Veps have received this status for the first time, before they comprised the Single List of Indigenous Peoples of the Russian Federation. The peoples of the North are guaranteed more support from the federal authorities. Only they fall under the federal program “Economical and Social Development of Indigenous Peoples of RF till 2011”.
In connection with this decision of the Government of Russia, the Chairman of the Veps Culture Community, Zinaida Strogalshikova, on the meeting of the Head of the Karelia Republic with the leaders of national organizations on 28 April, asked Sergey Katandinov to start the work on preparing necessary decisions of Karelia authorities for implementation of the correspondent legislation related to the Veps, as well as to initiate preparation of the decisions for the Government of Russia about measures on support of the Veps from the funds of the federal program “Economical and Social Development of Indigenous Peoples of RF till 2011”, in cooperation with the leaders of all the territories of the Veps’ residence – Karelia, Leningradskaya Oblast and Vologodskaya Oblast..
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