Siberia in the Memory of Bulgarians of Bessarabia

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Key words
Bessarabia, Bulgarians, Siberia, migration, Stolypin reform, de-kulakization
Author
Elena Vodinchar
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https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0828-1997
E-mail: v_olena@abv.bg 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
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Date of publication
DOI
https://doi.org/10.26158/TK.2021.22.2.008
Acknowledgements

The 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).

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The article analyzes views of Siberia on the part of Bulgarians from Bessarabia. From the end of the 18th to the beginning of the 20th century, Bessarabia was a part of the Russian Empire; then, from 1945 to 1991, it was part of the USSR; and currently it is located on the territory of Ukraine and Moldova. Stories about migration to Siberia during the Stolypin reform of 1906 and at the time of de-kulakization in 1946, recorded from the older generation of Bessarabian Bulgarians born in the first half of the 20th century, reveal two opposing models of perception of Siberia — ​positive and negative. In the view of modern Bulgarians of Bessarabia, there is a significant influence of the second model on the first one.

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For citation

Vodinchar E. Siberia in the Memory of Bulgarians of Bessarabia. Traditional Culture. 2021. Vol. 22. No. 2. Pp. 101–110. In Bulgarian.