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(self-designation: Vepsa, Bepsa, Ludinkau), people related to the Karelians. They live in small groups among the Russian population in a number of raions of the Leningrad and Vologda oblasts of the RSFSR and the Karelian ASSR. Population, 16,000 (1959 census). The language is Veps (a Finno-Ugric language), although Russian is also spoken. The Veps are descendants of the Ves’, an ancient Finnic tribe. Most of the Veps are engaged in agriculture.
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Pimenov, V. V. Vepsy. Moscow-Leningrad, 1965.