100th anniversary of the TASSR
Tatarstan will mark the 100th anniversary of the Tatar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic in just a few months. It is likely that guests of our Republic or people who do not particularly understand modern history will probably have questions. For example:
- What does the 100th anniversary have to do with Tatarstan?
- TASSR and Tatarstan - is it the same thing?
-What did Vladimir Lenin mean for the TASSR?
Let's start with the first: the Republic of Tatarstan is the TASSR. Just in certain and very recent historical circumstances, the republic ceased to be an Autonomous Soviet and Socialist, and remained just a Tatar republic.
Few people knew on August 30, 1990 that the Tatar Soviet Socialist Republic and Tatarstan were one and the same. It turns out that this year we will celebrate the centenary of modern Tatarstan, as the main ideas were laid almost 100 years ago.
In May 1920, Vladimir Lenin, went down in the history of the Tatar people, as one of the founders of modern Tatar statehood, putting his signature on the decree on the creation of the Tatar Republic.
“We must create an autonomous Tatar republic,” said Lenin in February 1920. “And we continue the same policy with respect to all the eastern peoples.”
The founding of the TASSR is a fundamental step towards the creation of a modern Republic; therefore, it is worthwhile to be especially interested and courteous about its 100th anniversary!