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Mansi people

Total population
12,500 (rising – 8,500 in 1989)
Regions with significant populations
Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug (Russia)
 Russia 12,269 (2010)[1]
 Ukraine 43 (2001)[2]
Russian, Mansi
Shamanism, Russian Orthodoxy

Mansi (obsolete: Voguls) are an indigenous people living in Khanty–Mansia, an autonomous okrug within Tyumen Oblast in Russia. In Khanty–Mansia, the Khanty and Mansi languages have co-official status with Russian. The Mansi language is one of the postulated Ugric languages of the Uralic family.

Together with the Perestroika of the late 1980s. This organisation was among the first regional indigenous associations in Russia.

Mansi population according to 2002 census
Total Men Women
Total 11,432 5,167 6,265
Tyumen Oblast 10,561 4,786 5,775
*Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug 9,894 4,510 5,384
Sverdlovsk Oblast 259 130 129
Komi Republic 11 8 3

According to the 2010 census, there were 12,269 Mansi in Russia.


  • History 1
  • Marginalisation 2
  • Prominent Mansis 3
  • External links 4
  • References 5


The ancestors of Mansi people populated the areas west of the Urals.[3] Mansi findings have been unearthed in the vicinity of Perm.[3]

In the first millennium BC, they migrated to Western Siberia where they assimilated with the native inhabitants.[3] According to others they are originated from the south Ural steppe and moved into their current location about 500 AD.[4]

The Mansi have been in contact with the Russian state at least since the 16th century when most of western Siberia was brought under Russian control by Yermak Timofeyevich. Due to their higher exposure to Russian and Soviet control, they are generally more assimilated than their northern neighbours, the Khanty.


In the 1960s, exploitation of the rich oil deposits of Khanty–Mansi Autonomous Okrug began, causing the Soviet Union's largest internal migration wave since the Second World War. This led to a dramatic marginalisation of the Mansi and Khanty who today constitute slightly more than one percent of the district's population.

Voguls delivering tribute to Yermak Timofeyevich.

As for most other Northern indigenous peoples of Russia, the Soviet state ordered the creation of a "national literature" for the Mansi people which consisted mostly of works hailing the enlightenment and progress brought to the Mansi by Lenin's revolution. The most prominent Mansi representative of this genre was the writer Yuvan Shestalov, who after the breakup of the Soviet Union converted to shamanism. Since then he claimed that the Mansi are in fact the descendants of the ancient Sumerians, an assertion shared by few.

Prominent Mansis

One of the prominent Mansis is former World Boxing Organization Light Welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov.

External links

  • The Mansis
  • Dr Gabor Szekely's 1st visit to the Mansis
  • Dr Gabor Szekely's 2nd visit to the Mansis
  • The History of the Mansi


  1. ^ Официальный сайт Всероссийской переписи населения 2010 года. Информационные материалы об окончательных итогах Всероссийской переписи населения 2010 года [Official site of the National Population Census 2010. Informational materials about the final outcome Russian Census 2010] (in Русский).  
  2. ^ "National composition of population". Census (in Українська).  
  3. ^ a b c "The Mansis". The Peoples of the Red Book. EE: EKI. 
  4. ^ "Khanty & Mansi".  
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