Posts By Manuela

Week 115 – September 20 to September 27

Kyoko Kasuya

Sit back and relax (toward myself)September 2022.

I quit my part time job to make a living at the end of August finally. I worked at a school for 3 years and 3 months. I got over the hard covid time. I made a decision to become a full time artist since September. Let’s see how it goes.

Valeria Troubina

Охота за месяцемHunting the Month 56 х 41cm watercolour, gouache, ink on paper, August 2022

Kasia Ozga

Greenhouse, Digital Photograph, 2021.

Alisa Berger

First day.

Anne Brunswic

From my window, Paris, September 2022

La permanence 9. Matilda.

Les deux examinateurs derrière la table habituelle.

Une femme assez petite au visage très rond, cuivré. Cheveux teints en blond châtain retenus par un élastique. Matilda. Scène en espagnol et français.

– C’est ici pour le dossier Ofpra ? C’est pour écrire mon histoire. J’ai rendez-vous.

L’examinatrice : – Vous êtes Matilda ? Vous avez commencé à écrire votre histoire  comme je vous l’ai demandé ?

Matilda : – C’est en espagnol. Je sais pas si c’est bien. (Elle sort d’un joli sac à main une feuille de papier cadrillé arrachée à un cahier d’écolier.)

L’examinatrice : – On le traduira au fur et à mesure. (L’examinatrice lit à voix haute et traduit pour l’examinateur) : « J‘avais un petit commerce à D. dans le village. »

L’examinateur : – D., c’est près de Bogotá ?

Matilda : -Pas tellement.

L’examinatrice : Vous écrivez : « Dans la région, il y a des bandes de terroristes. » Vous voulez parler de la guérilla des FARC ?

Matilda : – Non, c’est pas pareil.

L’examinateur : – Des paramilitaires ? Des narco-trafiquants ?

Matilda : – C’est des bandes de criminels.

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SE Barnet

Empire of Distribution, 2022
HD video  4’15”

Manuela Morgaine

The Resistance of Myths, Agrigente Sicily, September 2022.

Natacha Nisic

Ruth Maclennan

Reporting from London – The Lying in State18 September 2022

Dettie Flynn

Feuilleton of spinning swinging wishing Girls XXXIII 
Tenacious give and take
Tenace donnant-donnant

Liveful performance with camera –  50 sec.

STOP INVASION OF UKRAINE July 26 to August 2

Kyung-hwa Choi-ahoi

April 3, 2022

Natalia and Sergey

Yesterday we rang the bell at the guest apartment where they have found a place to live with our construction community for the past week.

Natalia opened the apartment door and faced us. We met for the first time. Wordlessly, we handed her a bag of wheat flour. After handing it to her, we ran the text translated into Ukrainian in the audio from the cell phone.

Because we can’t speak Ukrainian or Russian, we prepared in google translator for it, so that we can communicate with Natalia and Sergey why we visited them.

The artificial machine voice from the cell phone was running:

This is Kyung-hwa from Korea and Niko from Greece. We heard that you need the wheat flour and sunflower oil. Here is wheat flour. Tomorrow we will bring you sunflower oil.

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Alisa Berger

Alexey Shmurak – return.

Anne Brunswic

From my window. Paris, July 2022.

La Permanence 8. Malika.

Même décor. C’est l’été. La lumière est filtrée par des rideaux rouges. Les examinateurs s’éventent de temps en temps.

Entre une Africaine longiligne vêtue d’un long voile noir qui la couvre jusqu’aux pieds chaussés de tongs. Sous le voile noir, un autre plus clair enserre son visage très fin. Elle tient un nourrisson contre sa poitrine et, de temps en temps, entrebâille son voile pour lui donner le sein. Malika vient de Mauritanie.

Malika : – L’avocat, j’appelle, il répond pas. C’est dans douze jours, je sais pas quoi faire.

Les examinateurs : – Il faut qu’on regarde ensemble la décision de rejet de l’Ofpra. (Ils lisent). A l’Ofpra, ils n’ont pas cru que vous avez subi un mariage forcé. Ils n’ont pas cru aux violences de votre mari. Ils ont pensé que vous êtes partie parce qu’il a pris une seconde épouse mais pas parce qu’il vous maltraitait. Ils rejettent tout ce que vous avez dit.

Malika : – Mais j’ai dit la vérité !

L’examinateur : – Quand votre père vous a annoncé que vous alliez être mariée avec votre cousin Soleiman, qu’est-ce que vous avez dit ? Comment vous avez réagi ?

Malika : – J’ai rien dit. La fille doit obéir. Une fille qui n’obéit pas, c’est le déshonneur. C’était décidé depuis que j’avais 5 ans. Mon père et mon oncle étaient d’accord.

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Emma Woffenden

The Mother of the Soldier. Sculpture, glass and mixed media, a work in progress.

Katja Stuke

A Tree in Tehran
(Google Street View 2018) Jul 24., 2022.

»Putin, in Tehran, gets strong support from Iran over Ukraine; Russian President Vladimir Putin met Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Saadabad palace, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, July 19, 2022.» Washington Post

 

Aurelia Mihai

The Black Square, Video (still),Video, 2022, 5’42

The Black Square is an iconic painting by Kazimir Malevich from 1915. Part of the collection of the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.

“Roskomnadzor, the Russian service for supervision in the field of communication, information technology and mass communication, explicitly warned against the use of symbols that could be “ambiguous” – flags of foreign nations (for example, blue-yellow), birds (for example, the white dove) or black squares – after the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

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Manuela Morgaine

RAONI – Lips of the world.

Brazilian Indian chef Raoni for forty years he has been fighting to defend the lungs of his land: the Amazon rainforest. Today our forests are burning and I can see his face I met a few years ago in Paris, his face and his labret lip which says that we alone are bearers and that we can change the world. When he was 15, Raoni started wearing a labret, an ornamental disk which warriors wear on their lower lip when they want to show they are ready to die for their land.

Natacha Nisic

How to play ?

SE Barnet

The Sleep of Violence, 2022
HD video  2’44”

Catalina Swinburn

Woven paper from vintage documentation on astro-archeaology from studies of celestial bodies, stars and cosmical risings, related to the orientación of the ancient Egyptian and Greek stellar temples.

WOMEN’S WEEK-END FACTORY

June 21 to June 28

 

Emma Woffenden

World – Lets – Go

Womens Factory Weekend, a sample.

The intention was to gather those of us who have utilised the Crown Letter, as many as possible, together in one space at one time. This ex bobbin making factory/storage space/design and sculpture studio in rural France is a place I have occupied for 18 years and this is most likely to soon end. The building needed to see a last gathering within this era, a last party, a last burst of creativity, of laughter, of music, voices, conversation and dancing, to be drawn, filmed and photographed to show off its beautiful brutal structure. We made it echo and shake, and we melted in the heat, we also had to submit to it. In this way I saw the Crown Letter carry me again.

Catherine Radosa

Women’s Art Factory Occupation (digital photograph).

Luise Schröder

Anne Brunswic

16-19 juin 2022, Bourg Argental, France

En chair et en os

Il fait chaud on étouffe descendons au ruisseau

les pieds dans l’eau glacée

le cul

ça gêne quelqu’un si j’enlève mon soutif

je vais chercher mon maillot de bains je ne me sens pas prête à me montrer nue demain peut-être

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Manuela Morgaine

Table of contents.

Liza Dimbleby

Drawings from the bobbin factory, after lunch, Bourg-Argental, June 17th 2022.

Anne Dubos

Doing Art with Lilu

Michelle Deignan

Something Blue, Something White and Something Red
Digital photographs, Bourg Argental, France, 2022.

Kasia Ozga

Goddesses, Digital Photograph, 2022.

Ruth Maclennan

Dancing to the Goddesses
Video, 1’ 43” 2022

SE Barnet

The Model, 2022
HD video  1’44”

Natacha Nisic

« Optics » serait la nouvelle religion de la marche du monde.

Dettie Flynn

Woman’s Weekend Factory
Emma Woffenden’s studio Bourg Argentail, France, June 202

Liveful performance with camera
XXXI mins. ; a tad long but every bit worth it

Ivana Vollaro

Special Crown Letter Zoom Salon from Bourg Argental in Emma Woffenden’s studio, June 19 (with Aurelia Mihai, Ivana Vollaro & Women’s week-end Factory)

Aurelia Mihai

Digital Presence-Absence – Zoom (a collective art work), video, 0’34, 2022

STOP INVASION OF UKRAINE

June 14 to June 21

Catherine Radosa

Plantes résistantes II(Resistant plants II)
(Triangle de Gonesse, participatory happening and photographic series)

Aurelia Mihai

Traces
From the photographic series: Materie I ( Materie Prima) Prima Metter, 2022

 

Alisa Berger

Alexey Merkel.

Katja Stuke

A Tree in Pokrowsk
(Google Street View Feb 2022) Jun 7, 2022

Manuela Morgaine

Invariably the sun rises and saves us from the night.  Music: Cyril Hernandez/ La Truc. https://www.latruc.org/fr/traversee

STOP INVASION OF UKRAINE

JUNE 7 TO JUNE 14

Ruth Mclennan

Ouroboros

Anne Brunswic

From my window, Paris, June 2022.

La permanence 6.1

Même décor. Deux examinateurs. Sur des bancs, attendant, des Africains, hommes seuls, femmes seules ou avec enfants dans des poussettes.

  1. Entre une dame africaine plantureuse, cheveux courts défrisés teints en blond. Appelons-la Maïmouna.

Maïmouna : – C’est à cause de la convocation. C’est le tribunal.

Les examinateurs (chaussant leurs lunettes, en duo) : – Annulation de la filiation. Vous avez eu un enfant en 2018, un garçon. Monsieur Alfa Kazo, de nationalité française, a reconnu l’enfant. Un mois plus tard, il a reconnu un autre enfant. Il est accusé de « reconnaissance frauduleuse de paternité. » Le juge demande l’annulation de la reconnaissance de paternité de votre fils.

Maïmouna : – C’est quoi ?

L’examinateur : – M. Kazo est accusé d’avoir menti. Ce n’est pas le vrai père.

Maïmouna : – Mais si, c’est lui, le père.

L’examinateur : – Quand on l’a interrogé sur vous, il a déformé votre nom. On lui a demandé des détails sur votre relation, il a été très flou. Vous avez vécu ensemble ?

Maïmouna : – Non, on s’est connus juste comme ça.

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Katja Stuke

A tree in Besljudiwka
(Google Street View 2015) Jun 6, 2022

 

Alisa Berger

Olesia No legs.

 

Manuela Morgaine

Sky Lullaby
Traditional Ukrainian lullaby Ой, у вишневому саду live and a cappella, in tribute to Wassyl Slipak who died on June 29, 2016 in Donbass.

STOP INVASION OF UKRAINE

MAY 24 TO MAY 31

Aurelia Mihai

W103, 24.05.2022

Katja Stuke

No Tree, A Glitch in Mariupol (Google Street View 2015) Apr 14, 2022
»Trees in Ukraine« inspired Jerry Gordon, musician in Osaka: Listen to his tracks »»

 

 

 

Catherine Radosa


Plantes résistantes II
 (Resistant plants II)
(8/5/2022, Triangle de Gonesse, participatory happening and photographic series)

Ruth Maclennan

Duir, Dodona, Dub

These two saplings sprouted from acorns I collected in the park last year, or the year before. They’ll need more room soon, so I’ll plant them out together. They grow slowly and could live for four hundred years or more. These are common oak – English oak, Pedunculate, Quercus Robur. In England however, many of the oak groves were cut down to build ships to fight Napoleon and have never fully recovered. The oak is also the most common tree in Ukraine, Dub. The D is important – Dodona was an ancient Greek city, loved by Zeus, appointed to be his oracle, where doves lived in the hollow of an oak. A place for prophecies and prophetesses.

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Valeria Troubina

Lilacs.

Manuela Morgaine

Icaros & Profetes – Tribute to Vangelis Βαγγέλης Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou – Agría March 29 1943- Paris May 17 2022. 

STOP INVASION OF UKRAINE

MAY 3 TO MAY 10

Aurelia Mihai

Orthodox Easter, 24.04.2022
Video, 1`03 

Katja Stuke

A Tree in Huta-Mezhyhirs’ka
(Google street view 2018) Apr 21 2022.

Emma Woffenden

Photo of a glass mural from 1963

Last Thursday evening I arrived in Kingston upon Hull, and as I walked along through this port city I was struck by an architectural mosaic on a run-down building. It is vast, over a million pieces of Italian glass mosaic. My brother tells me they are going to demolish it and I want to save it, later in a bar a local tells us it’s been saved for now and listed.

It had been the front façade of the Co-op shop, it represents the fishing trawlers that along with transport vessels once filled the harbours in more plentiful times. Across the centre “the success of industry” is written and the masts by chance spell out HULL.

I see some beautiful Victorian architecture and find myself in a stunning Minster hosting a beer festival, but I’m told much of the cities architecture had been bombed. Later I read an overview of this heavily bombed city, 95% of houses damaged 5,000 destroyed, 14 schools or hospitals, 8 cinemas, 27 churches, 42 pubs, several oil and flour mills, 280,000 square metres of factories, 1,200 people killed. I think about Mariupol the film footage we see and wonder what it’s ‘overview’ will turn out to be.

Alisa Berger

Cheap Gas.

Manuela Morgaine

If he could reach you.

“We were one day on an intelligence mission in Boutcha, and a soldier dressed in the Ukrainian uniform stopped our car. My friend Ihor saw a Russian army T-shirt sticking out of the soldier’s collar, and he opened fire. The man collapsed but the Russians were ambushed in three or four different places and they fired in turn. Ihor was shot, I was injured in the arm but it is thanks to him that we survived, “says Sacha, 27, a volunteer alongside Yuri, after leaving his job as a mason and the city of Khmelnytskyi.

Anne Brunswic

From my window, Paris, May 2022.

La permanence 4 (2).

Latifa revient avec une femme voilée de noir portant un masque chirurgical. Pieds nus dans des sandales en plastique.

Latifa : ­ Elle veut demander l’asile. Elle sait pas comment.

L’examinateur : – On va vous aider, ce n’est pas très compliqué. Vous êtes en France depuis combien de temps ? (Conciliabule en bambara.)

Latifa traduit. – Elle est là depuis pas longtemps.

L’examinateur (agacé) : – Pas longtemps, c’est un mois ? un an ?

Latifa traduit. – Un mois ou deux.

L’examinateur : – Vous avez quitté le Mali quand ?

Latifa traduit. – Elle dit cette année, fin du 2e mois.

L’examinateur : – Ça fait fin février. Et du Mali, elle est allée où ? En Algérie ? en Libye ?

Latifa traduit. – Non, à Bamako elle a rencontré un monsieur, il l’a aidée et il l’a emmenée en Turquie.

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Liza Dimbleby

Time to sow, Glasgow, April 2022.

STOP INVASION OF UKRAINE

APRIL 26 TO MAY 3

Valeria Troubina

From the depths, oil on canvas, 175 cm х 150 cm, 2015

Из размышлений на тему собственного положения … и наблюдения за всем происходящим со стороны. У меня тогда в 14м году в Луганске было именно такое ощущение, я вроде бы ни при чем, и даже в безопасности, но глубоко под водой и нечем дышать, а мимо, на поверхности проплывет лодка жизни, которая похожа одновременно и на пулю по конфигурации и на гроб … и даже думаешь что можно вынырнуть на свет, но зрелище завораживает как сон!

This is a reflection on my own situation … and my observation of everything that is happening from the outside. In 2014, in Lugansk, I felt like I wasn’t involved, that I was safe, but that I was somehow deep underwater and couldn’t breathe, and that life, like a boat, floated by on the surface. Here it looks like a bullet or a coffin… and it seems like you could swim up into the light, it is like a vision in a dream!

Michelle Deignan

It’s refocus time.

 

Liza Dimbleby

Long distance call,  Tiree, Hebrides, April 2022

Ruth Maclennan

Observatory.

The following is a letter I wrote to the curator I was working with in 2013.

‘I have decided on a title for the exhibition. The title is ‘The faces they have vanished’. It is inspired by a quote from a film maker in 1937, about the faces that appear in films vanishing, and reappearing, only to vanish again, so evoking the magic of the moving image, and also its spectral quality. For me ‘they have vanished’ suggests the faces of poets and artists, that we know from photographs – who appear so distant in the photographs but whose writings are so immediate and contemporary. It suggests the artists and poets, and many other unknown people, who were ‘disappeared’ during the Soviet period (Mandelshtam et al). ‘The faces’ is somehow impersonal, and yet a face is personal, unique.

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Katja Stuke

A Tree in Charkiw
(Google street view 2015) Apr 20. 2022.

Alisa Berger

Alexey about Kyivan Rus’

Natacha Nisic

Berlin subway, more that two months after the beginning of the invasion.
Ceramic yellow and plastic blue, still fighting

Anne Brunswic

From my window. Paris, April 2022.

La permanence 4.
Même décor. Même bruit de fond. Les masques chirurgicaux des examinateurs pendent sous le nez, ou sous le menton. Entre une jeune femme africaine, longiligne, voile noir, jupe longue noire, anorak noir, masque chirurgical. Elle s’approche timidement de la table, dépose une feuille.

L’examinateur : – Asseyez-vous ! C’est vous, Mme Fatoumata K. ? Vous avez reçu une convocation à l’OFPRA pour le 25 mai à 9 heures. (La jeune femme fait signe qu’elle ne comprend pas.) C’est un entretien où vous expliquez pourquoi vous demandez l’asile.

Fatoumata (à voix basse) : – Pas bien français. Soninké. Bambara.

L’examinatrice sort, revient avec un Africain vêtu d’un costume crème, environ 40 ans. Il se tient debout, à une certaine distance de Fatoumata qui garde les yeux baissés.

Au ton de sa voix et à son attitude, on devine que ce monsieur est ravi de s’acquitter d’une mission de confiance. Explications longues en bambara.

Le monsieur : – Le 5e mois, elle comprend, mais le 25,  elle ne connaît pas bien.

L’examinateur : – C’est dans un mois. Dites-lui bien d’arriver au moins une heure avant le rendez-vous. De notre côté, on va voir si on trouve un bénévole pour l’accompagner. Je note son numéro de téléphone et on va la rappeler.

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Manuela Morgaine

Our Democracy – April 24, 2022, River Seine, Paris.


Nadia Lichtig

Savoir poser des questions exactes, c’est déjà beaucoup.

APRIL 19 to APRIL 26

Alisa Berger

Tripping w/Ukraine – April 2022.

This radio episode, which was made together with @aemlx.global, is focussing on our friends musicians and DJs from Ukraine, and their activities of resistance since the beginning of the war that Russia started against Ukraine.
Artists: Oleh Shpudeiko @heinali , Alexey Shmurak @alexey-shmurak , Emilia Kurylowicz @aeglobal , Olesia Onykiienko @nfnr_music , John Object @johnobject , Anna Khvyl @anna-khvyl

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Katja Stuke

A tree in Obolon (Google street view 2015) Mar 14 2022.

Nadia Lichtig

Pakhad-Dakhaf.

Catalina Swinburn

HATHOR “ Her Magesty of Denderah”
Woven paper from vintage documentation on astro-archeology from studies of the stars and cosmical risings, trelated to the orientation of the Egyptian stellar-temples.

The determination of the stars to which some of the Egyptian temples, sacred to a known divinity, were directed, opened a way to a study, of the astronomical basis of parts of the Egyptian mythologies. It became obvious  that the mythology was intensely astronomical, and crystallized early ideas suggested by actual observation of the Sun, Moon, and stars.   The excavations revealed that several times in its history the complex had been razed to the ground to be re-erected and expanded on the same spot, yet each time with a slight change of orientation. The orientation of the temples must have been determined by certain stars, whose position in the sky changed over time, and this orientation was so quintessential that the temples of the earlier complexes had to be re-erected several times. It was not dilapidation that motivated the repeated construction work, but a religious necessity to follow the stars in the orientation of the temples. This is explained by the temples having been rebuilt upon old foundations, a thing which can be proved to have occurred. In the case of the Egyptian temples, the stated date of foundation of a temple is almost always long after that at which its lines were laid down in accordance with the astronomical ritual. No wonder, then, that the same thing is noticed in Greece.—From the N.Y.Sun,March,1894.

Anne Brunswic

Paris, April 2022

La permanence (3).

Même décor. Les deux examinateurs.

Entre un couple de Russes, 35 ans environ, jeans, allure artiste, accompagnés d’une fillette blonde portant un nœud rose dans les cheveux. L’enfant gambade dans la salle puis revient en réclamant des câlins à sa mère.

L’examinatrice : – Si vous parlez français ou anglais, ce sera plus commode pour mon collègue.

Lui : En anglais, ça va.

Elle : – Pour moi, c’est mieux en français.

Suite des échanges tantôt en français, tantôt en anglais, tantôt en russe.

L’examinateur : Vous venez d’où ?

Lui : On est de Moscou. On est arrivés il y a deux semaines.

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Maricarmen Merino

Our letters – Maricarmen Merino, Clea Eppelin, Sofía Quirós and Kim Torres.

Facing the recent elections in Costa Rica, in which an authoritarian sexual harasser was elected as president, four women filmmakers made this collective letter in response to the questions and reflections that this political process aroused in us. In our country the wound of abuse is open, but our voices will never be silenced again.

Manuela Morgaine

Demonstration against war rapes in Ukraine in front of the Russian Embassy in Tallin, Estonia on April 13, 2022. ©Oleksandra Matviichuk.

STOP INVASION OF UKRAINE

APRIL 12 TO APRIL 19

 

Esther Shalev-Gerz

Some Blossoms Don’t Flower, 1,2,3, Photography © Esther Shalev-Gerz, 2022.

Aurelia Mihai

Troița din Hobița, Time photografie, 0’49, 2022

 

Liza Dimbleby

Uncertain refugefrom Shelter series, March 2022

 

Nadia Lichtig

Meerdrach.

Taia Galagan- Gershuni

Spring is coming.

Manuela Morgaine

Tribute to Mantas K. (1977-2022) Mariupolis, Mantas Kvedaravicius, 2016.

Mantas Kvedaravicius Ukrainian director has just died in Mariupol with his camera in his hand, while shooting a documentary on the war. He was forty five years old. In 2016 he had already made this documentary MARIUPOLIS at the time of the Donbass war. He was an angel, and a committed poet, until the end, his camera in his hand, over there, testifying for all of us, until the end, over there, his camera in his hand, until the end.

Katja Stuke

A Tree in Slowjansk
(Google Street View 2019) Apr 11, 2022

Valeria Troubina

Blue Steps of Grief.

 

Ruth Maclennan

Railway Station, Feodosia, Crimea 2012

The railway line runs right through the centre of the town, making it easy for holidaymakers to arrive and depart. This is a hot summer day in 2012, in this sleepy town in Crimea. In 1944, the Crimean Tatars were rounded up, accused of collaborating with the German Nazi Occupiers, and forced into exile, in what is known as the Surgun (meaning Exile). They were sent to camps in the Soviet Republic of Uzbekistan by Stalin. Some of them would have left from here; half of them never arrived. It was years later before Crimean Tatars were exonerated and later still before they were allowed to return to live in Crimea, only to find their homes and villages destroyed and the Tatar names erased. In 2012, the Tatar Medjlis, its representative body, was thriving, able to negotiate with the Ukrainian government to assure the rights of Tatars and preserve their heritage and culture. We met with historians in Bakhchysarai where the Tatar archaeological site was being excavated and preserved. Robin made a radio broadcast about it and wrote this article. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19815852

In 2016, the Medjlis was banned by the Russian government.

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