Who Are the Rusyns?

April 20, 2014

Reconsidering Russia and the Former Soviet Union

In the midst of the ongoing Ukraine crisis, one region of the country has been obscured from the spotlight. This is the westernmost Zakarpattia oblast, a mountainous region that shares four international boundaries with Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania. Located at the center of Europe, its capital is Uzhgorod, a city located literally on the border with Slovakia and which, architecturally, shares much in common with neighboring locales across the border such as Prešov and Košice. The majority of the local population is comprised of a group known as the Rusyns, a distinct East Slavic people. Most significantly, it is through this region that major energy pipelines pass from Russia, through Ukraine, and into the EU.

Location of the Zakarpattia Oblast within Ukraine. Location of the Zakarpattia Oblast within Ukraine.

Language, faith, and identity

Church of Archangel Michael in the wooden style commonly seen in Zakarpattia (Sobory.ru) Church of Archangel Michael in the wooden style commonly seen in Zakarpattia. (Sobory.ru)

The Rusyns derive their name from their self-designation “Rusyni” indicating…

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Thanks to everyone who attended the student opening for the Fall 2009 semester at the Salt Institute. In case you missed it, student work will be featured in the Salt Gallery at 561 Congress Street through January 2010, and written work can be viewed by clicking on the links below. Thanks for visiting, and enjoy!

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