Tag: languages

Including the Crimean Tatars in Russia ‘Changes Russia’s Linguistic Map’ More than Moscow Plans, Daghestani Says

October 15, 2014

Staunton, October 11 Vladimir Putin’s Anschluss of Crimea has had many unintended consequences but one that may ultimately prove to be especially important is the way in which the illegal inclusion of the Crimean Tatars inside the Russian Federation has affected that country’s “linguistic map,” something likely to have political consequences as well. In a […]

Non-Russians Should Study Russian More; Russians Should Study Foreign Languages Less, Russian Culture Minister Says

July 7, 2014

Staunton, July 6 – In a declaration that may play to the current nationalist upsurge among Russians and appears to enjoy the backing of Vladimir Putin but seriously threatens their country’s future in two ways, Russia’s minister of culture says that non-Russians should study Russian more and Russians should study foreign languages less. Speaking to […]

Internet Helping to Save Non-Russian Languages But Hurting Russian

May 5, 2014

Staunton, May 5 – Because Russian is the Russian Federation’s state language, because educational examinations are given only in Russian, and because Russian is the most widely used language in that country, many non-Russian parents want their children to study in Russian rather than in their native language. At the same time, many non-Russians are […]