Institute of Humanities director sets himself on fire and dies to raise awareness about dying Udmurt tongue
Albert Razin was hospitalized in a critical condition.
Albert Razin, the director of Udmurt State University’s Institute of Humanities, set himself on fire outside the State Council building in Izhevsk this morning. The scholar got out onto the square with a banner that said, “If tomorrow they forget my tongue, I can die today.” Several people came out calling to make more efforts to preserve the Udmurt language, according to local media.
Firefighters tried to extinguish the activist's body. When an ambulance drove up, Albert Razin was still alive. According to eyewitnesses, his whole body was burned.
According to the Siloviki Telegram channel, Razin was hospitalized in a critical condition and could not be saved.