The Factors of Existence of the Ruthenian National Community in Serbia Cover Image

Фактори опстанка русинске националне заједнице у Србији
The Factors of Existence of the Ruthenian National Community in Serbia

Author(s): Mihajlo Fejsa
Subject(s): Nationalism Studies, Ethnic Minorities Studies, Politics and Identity
Published by: Матица српска
Keywords: Ruthenians in Serbia; Ruthenian language; educational vertical; Greek Catholic Church; culture; national communities /minorities

Summary/Abstract: This article analyzes the factors which contribute to the existence of a small population of conscious Ruthenians in Serbia. According to the author, the factors that undoubtly influence and improve the life conditions of the Ruthenian national community in Serbia / Vojvodina at the beginning of the 21st century are: Ruthenian language educational vertical; Apostolic Exarchate for Greek Catholics in Serbia and Montenegro; National Council of the Rusyn National Minority; Institute for Culture of the Vojvodinian Ruthenians; Ruthenian National Theatre Petro Riznič Djadja; diverse publishing activity; electronic media; new cultural organizations and manifestations; revolutionary changes in the Carpathian area; favourable international conditions. The Bačka-Srem Ruthenians present a kind of proof that long-lasting existence of a community small in number is quite possible only if a state creates suitable conditions. Since the Serbian / Vojvodinian authorities do their best to implement international conventions it may be said that there is much hope for the Ruthenians in Serbia to preserve their culture and national identity in the future, especially in Europe without borders.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 165
  • Page Range: 17-29
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Serbian