The Tatar national movement underwent a profound crisis at the turn of the twenty-first century. Its ascendancy between 1989 and 1991 was quickly followed by a period of stagnation. Various Tatar social movements and parties existed, but the political significance of their activity was minimal. More recently, President Putin’s measures to restore a vertical power structure, have served as a pretext for numerous public pronouncements on the part of Tatar nationalists. These statements, however, have not been innovative in their approach, in their analysis of the causes of the internal crisis of the Tatar national movement or in their search for solutions.