Models of Self-Identification of Russian Bulgarians in Siberia: The Example of the Bulgarians of the Tyumen Region

Key words
Bulgarians, descendants of interethnic marriages, ethnic identity, self-identification, labor migration
Marina P. Klyaus, Galin Georgiev
About the Author
Marina P. Klyaus
E-mail: Tel.: +7 (495) 938-17-44
32a, Leninskii ave., Moscow, 119334, Russian Federation
PhD in History, Researcher, N. N. Miklukho-Maklai Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Galin Georgiev
E-mail: Tel.: +359 (87) 912-43-35
6a, Moskovska str., Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
PhD, Chief Assistant, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies and Ethnographic Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Date of publication

M. P. Klyaus’s research is supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project No. 19–59–18003 “Bulgarians of the Urals and Siberia in the 20th — ​21st Centuries: History, Culture, Identity.”

G. Georgiev’s research is supported by the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum, the Bulgarian Academy of Science, project KP‑06-RUSIA‑2/27.09.2019 “Bulgarians of the Urals and Siberia in the 20th — ​21st Centuries: History, Culture, Identity,” in the framework of bilateral cooperation between Bulgaria and Russia (2018–2019).


This article examines the ideas of the Bulgarian population of the Tyumen Region about its ethnic identity and proposes models of self-identification among Russian Bulgarians. Interviews with Bulgarians from Tyumen and Nizhnevartovsk were the source base. A qualitative analysis of the interviews revealed the problem of ethnic self-identification of the offspring of interethnic marriages; specifics of respondents’ experience in choosing ethnicity; and the nature of interethnic interaction in everyday life, including linguistic and cultural interaction. The article also considers public organizations of Bulgarians, social platforms and virtual ethnic groups. The authors conclude that the Bulgarians living in the Tyumen Region, despite their small number and geographic dispersion, retain their ethnic identity, successfully integrating into the socio-economic, political and cultural space of this West Siberian region.


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For citation

Klyaus M. P., Georgiev G. Models of Self-Identification of Russian Bulgarians in Siberia: The Example of the Bulgarians of the Tyumen Region. Traditional Culture. 2021. Vol. 22. No. 2. Pp. 111–121. In Russian.