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The Mordvins (Mordva) are a people who speak languages of the Finno-Permic branch of the Finno-Ugric language family.
Less than one third of Mordvins live in the autonomous republic of Mordovia, Russian Federation, in the basin of the Volga River. The rest are scattered over the Russian oblasts of Samara, Penza, Orenburg and Nizhni Novgorod, as well as Tatarstan, Central Asia and Siberia.
The Mordvins consist of two groups: Erzya Mordvins, who speak Erzya, and 'Moksha Mordvins, who speak Moksha. Both prefer to call themselves Moksha and Erzš, usually don't recognize Mordva term, appologize themselves as different peoples.
Another Mordva group (Teryukhan), living in Nizhni Novgorod Oblast of Russia speak pure Russian since 19th century.
Both of this group recognize Mordva term for themselves.
- List of Mordvins
- Library of Congress: Mordvins, the initial text is based on this reference
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