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Saami Assembly in Murmansk Oblast

A Saami Assembly (parliament) was established in Murmansk on December 12th. Kuelnegk Soamet Sobbar (Kola Saami Assembly) consists of 9 representatives, elected by the altogether 73 delegates representing Saami communities in Murmansk Oblast. Valentina Vyacheslavovna Sovkina was elected Chair of the Assembly at its first meeting, following the 2nd Saami Congress.

The first Assembly of the Saami people in Murmansk Oblast, Kuelnegk Soamet Sobbar, was established on December 12th 2010. The 2nd Congress of the Saami people of Murmansk Oblast was held in Murmansk, and 73 delegates of 89 elected ones, representing Saami communities in Murmansk Oblast, elected 9 representatives for the Assembly.

Kuelnegk Soamet Sobbar is established on a preliminary basis, as its prior task is to work out a draft law proposal regarding the Assembly, which is to be dealt with by regional authorities and later adopted as a law.

 The President of the Saami Parliament in Norway, Egil Olli, participated in the Congress, as did Stefan Mikaelsson from the Saami Parliament in Sweden and Erkki Lumisalmi from the Saami Parliament in Finland.

In 2008, the 1st Saami Congress of the Saami people of Murmansk Oblast was held in Olenegorsk, and the Council of Authorized Representatives of the Saami people of Murmansk Oblast (referred to as SUPS MO), which was elected by the 72 delegates,  has been working continuously with the establishment of a democratically elected Saami Assembly in Murmansk Oblast.

Kuelnegk Soamet Sobbar, elected on December 12th 2010, consists of:

Chair Valentina V. Sovkina, Lovozero

Nina E. Afanasyeva, Murmansk

Aleksandra Artieva, Krasnoshelie/Murmansk

Andrey Danilov, Monchegorsk

Alexey Kolosov (Moshnikov), Murmashii

Olga Egorova, Murmansk

Valery Tkachev, Lovozero

Nina Ezhova, Revda

Tatyana Tsmykailo, Jona

Valentina Vyacheslavovna Sovkina (to the left) was unanimously elected Chair of the Assembly at its first meeting immediately after the closing of the Congress. Here together with the youth delegates to the Congress. 

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