According to the data of 2010 only 550 thousand Mari remained in the world. They are simple and humble people, they do what the authorities want them to do. They have their own republic - Mari El. However a big Mari group (about twenty four thousand
people) lives far from their capital Yoshkar-Ola, they live in the south of the Sverdlovsk region and are called "Ural Mari". Their ancestors migrated to the Urals back in the XVI century trying to avoid forced Christianization.