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Badma-Khanda-Buryat Singer from Inner Mongolia

I have decided to dedicate few topics to the status of minorities within the Russian Federation. One can argue that I should not be concerned with the status of minorities within the federation. I strongly believe that the linguistic minorities demonstrate to us rich viable alternative aspects that were somehow relatively marginalized during the periods of Soviet preeminence.
Today, I want to introduce my readers to a Buryat singer called Badma-Khanda. Badma Khanda was born in 1979 in Inner Mongolia, China, into a Buryat family. Her grandparents had fled from the Communist regime of the Soviet Union in the early 1930s and had preserved their language, traditions, and ethnic self-esteem.

Her songs are traditional Buryat songs, forgotten by Buryats in Russia after years of governmental suppression, but preserved by Buryats in Inner Mongolia in their original purity. Now repatriated to Russia, Badma Khanda is a star in her homeland. A prolific artist, she sings ethno-pop music, popular …

мэдэгма доржиева

мэдэгма доржиева, Medegma Dorzhieva is one of my favorite artists from Buryatia. I am posting a link to her wonderful songs in Buryat and Russian languages. Any biographical information of this artist will be highly appreciated. I had never heard Buryat songs before. I must admit that Medegma sings beautifully.

Here is a brief information on Buryat language that I extracted from
Buriat, Russia
A language of Russia (Asia)
ISO 639-3: bxr

Population 318,000 (1990 National Geographic). Ethnic population: 422,000.
Region East of Lake Baikal, Siberia, bordering on Mongolia. Ulan Ude is the capital.
Alternate names Buryat, Buriat-Mongolian, Northern Mongolian
Dialects Ekhirit, Unga, Ninzne-Udinsk, Barguzin, Tunka, Oka, Alar, Bohaan (Bokhan), Bulagat. The Buriat in newspapers is that of the area around Irkutsk, west of Lake Baikal. The Buriat east of the lake is less influenced by Russian and is more like that in Mongolia. The literary dialect differs considerably from those …

New Electronic Resources at the UCLA Library

UC campuses now have access to these electronic resources as part of CDL consortial licenses. (Some campuses may have already had access to these titles through previous local campus subscriptions):

C19: The Nineteenth Century Index (Systemwide access via ProQuest on the Chadwyck-Healy platform)

“The most comprehensive and dynamic source for discovering nineteenth-century books, periodicals, official documents, newspapers and archives. The C19 Index draws on the strength of established indexes such as the Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue, The Wellesley Index, Poole's Index and Periodicals Index Online to create integrated bibliographic coverage of over 1.5 million books and official publications, 71,000 archival collections and 16.3 million articles published in over 2,500 journals, magazines and newspapers. C19 Index now provides integrated access to 12 bibliographic indexes, including almost a million records from the ongoing digitization of Br…

New SEEIR Internet Editor-Slavic & Eastern European Information Resources

June 23, 2008

Karen Rodensvedt, the Editor of Slavic and Eastern European Information Resources announced the following to the Slavlibs list-serv.
"I am pleased to announce that SEEIR has a new editor for the column The
Internet: Patricia Thurston. Effective immediately, please send articles
and ideas for articles related to the Internet, Web sites, digitization,
digital applications, etc.,to her. She writes:

Contributors can either email at:
, or send paper to me at:

Sterling Memorial Library
130 Wall Street
P.O. Box 208240
New Haven, CT 06520-8240

The journal's Web site will be updated with this information very soon.
Thanks to everyone who volunteered for the position.

Karen Rondestvedt
Editor, Slavic & East European Information Resources
1112 S. Delaware St.
San Mateo, CA 94402
phone: 650-725-1052
fax: 650-725-1068

UCLA and Worldcat

The University of California (UC) Libraries have launched a pilot version of a replacement for the current Melvyl Catalog, which contains records for holdings at all ten UC campuses. Users are encouraged to test the pilot, called Next-Generation Melvyl, and offer feedback on how well it meets their needs. The UCLA version is available at

The pilot features a single interface that searches holdings in all UC Libraries, those of libraries around the world, and UC books digitized by Google. It also searches for article references in education (from journals indexed in ERIC), medicine and health (from journals indexed in Medline), U.S. government publications (from journals indexed in GPO), and general topics (from journals indexed in ArticleFirst). UC-eLinks can then be used to access the full text or print-copy information for journals to which there is a UC subscription.

Because the process of loading records into the pilot database is extremely complex, m…

UCLA Library: Russian Sources Online

Russian Resources Online

American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies (ABSEES)
Covers North American scholarship since the late 1980s on Eastern Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet Union. Indexes journal articles, books, book chapters, book reviews, dissertations, and selected government publications.
Resource type(s): Article Databases; Bibliographies; Book Reviews
via University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library Access restricted to UCLA

Center for Research Libraries Foreign Newspapers Database
A directory of over 6,000 newspaper titles published outside the United States available at the Center for Research Libraries.
Resource type(s): Library Catalogs; News & Newspapers

Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL)
C.E.E.O.L. is an online archive which provides access to full-text PDF articles from 316 humanities and social science journals and re-digitized documents pertaining to Central, E…

Zemfira: Russian Rock Star

I love Zemfira's new song "my razbivaemsia". I have loved her creativity eversince, I heard sing "Do Svidaniya". Here are the lyrics of both songs.

Her official website is

The image is copyright of Zemfira. It is being used only for educational purposes. До Свидания Луна убывает, такое бывает
Я иду стричься.
Меня убивают и замки стреляют
В левую мышцу.
И не попадают, что тоже бывает
Сбиты прицелы.
А я улыбаюсь, живу и не старюсь
Четырнадцать целых лет.

До свиданья,
Мой любимый город
Я почти попала в хроники твои.
Ожиданье - самый скучный повод
Нам с тобой так мало надо для двоих.

Потухли все звезды совсем от мороза
Всё потемнели
Пожухли те розы
Вызвали слезы
И надоели
Ненужная проза из-за мороза
Будет ли белой
А я улыбаюсь, живу и стараюсь
И волосы целые

До свиданья, мой любимый город
Я почти попала
В хроники твои
Ожиданье - самый скучный повод
Нам с тобой так мало
Надо для двоих

До свиданья, мой любимый город
Я почти попала
В хроники твои
Ожиданье - самый скучный повод