Staunton, March 9 – Thirty of the 46 numerically smallest nationalities of the Russian Federation declined in size between the 2002 and 2010 censuses, with one disappearing altogether and others threatened with extinction in the coming years, according to an analysis published in Tuva’s “Tsentr Asii” newspaper.
According to Nadezhda Antufyeva, the total population of these 46 small indigenous nationalities increased overall by 9567 during the inter-censal period to 316,011, and these groups ranged in size from the Nentsy with a total population of 44,640 to the Vod, who had one of only 64 (centerasia.ru/issue/2013/8/4532-korennie-malochislennie-narodi-rossii.html
With regard to the 46 smallest nationalities by declaration, she provides a table which shows that over the inter-censal period, only 16 of the 46 smallest nationalities increased in size: the Abaza, Dolgans, Itelmens, Mansi, Nentsy, Setu, Soyots, Telengits, Tubalars, Khanty, Chelkans, Chukchis, Shapsugs, Evenks, Evens, and Yukagirs.
The other 30 declined in size with one, the Alyutortsy, a subgroup of the Koryaks who live on the Kamchata peninsula, disappearing altogether. Twelve people declared themselves to be members of that group in 2002 but not one did so in 2010, even though some did tell census-takers even in that latter year that Alyutor was their native language.