Will Putin Attend World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples?

2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages
1988 October 9: Latvijas Tautas fronte, Popular Front of Latvia, Founded
1911 October 10: National Day of the Republic of China, Taiwan
1492 October 12: Indigenous Peoples’ Day
October 14: Defender of Ukraine Day
2008 October 15: International Parliamentarians for West Papua launches at the British Parliament in Westminster
1991 October 18: Azerbaijan Independence Day
1984 October 19: Murder of Polish priest Jerzy Popiełuszko by security service
1953 October 22: Laos Independence Day
1956 October 23 – November 10: Hungarian Uprising
1955 October 26: Austrian National Day
2014 October 26: Hong Kong Umbrella Movement begins
2017 October 27: Catalan Declaration of Independence
1918 October 28: Independent Czechoslovak State Day

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