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After the peace between Russia and Sweden in 1617 gave much of the
Kexholm / Käkisalmi province to Sweden, several thousands Orthodox
Karelians left to be resettled in the Tver province northwest of Moscow. The
1926 census put the number of Tver Karelians to 140,000. In the 1930s a
separate Tver Karelian language was established. A national area was set up
in July 1937, but as the Soviet authorities changed their mind about the Tver
Karelians, the national area was abolished in early 1939. A dramatic
reduction in the population followed, and in the 1989 there were only 23,000
Tver Karelians left. I am not aware of any flags for the Tver Karelians.
Jan Oskar Engene, 29 May 1997, quoting Seppo Lallukka: “The breakdown of Tver’ Karelian demographic continuity” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 19-2, 1996: 316-338
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