Mongolians forced to generate surnames


Jun 3, 2003
Mongolians forced to generate surnames
The Australian |
"Mongolians have been ordered to invent their own surnames, after generations of living with just one name on the orders of their former Soviet masters... When communism crumbled in 1990 the ban on family names was lifted but many nomadic herders who roam between Siberia and the Gobi desert continue to refer to each other only by single names. Now, to fight incest and make official records more intelligible, the Government has set a deadline of June 27 for all 2.5 million Mongolians to choose a family name on pain of a fine equivalent to several months' salary."

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