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Alaska Home to Rare Russian Dialect

Linguists to compile dictionary from septuagenarian speakers by 2014. A Russian settlement in Alaska that became isolated from the Russian Empire when the U.S. bought the Alaska Territory in 1867 still speaks a rare Russian...
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Support for Russian in Ukraine

Thirty percent of Ukrainians in areas controlled by the Kiev government support granting official status to the Russian language, according to a new survey. The poll, conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, found...

Kiev Affords Russian Recognition but Denies Official Status

In a bid to appease separatists, Ukraine’s parliament has announced agreement on a so-called "Memorandum of Peace and Accord" which gives Russian language some recognition but not "official" status. The parliamentary decree actively recognizes and...

Ukraine Attempts to Appease Russian Speakers

Ukraine's de facto president and prime minister have today offered to strengthen the constitutional right to use the Russian language to try to defuse separatist movements. In a joint televised address, acting President Oleksander Turchinov...

Latvians Reject Proposal for Russian as Official Language

On Saturday, February 18, Latvians rejected a proposal to give Russian status as an official language of the state. According to the Christian Science Monitor, Russian is not only considered the mother tongue of...

Russia to Broadcast New RT Channel in France

Russia’s international network RT will be broadcasting in French next year, the Moscow Times reported. RT—a television network funded by the Russian government—has frequently been called a propaganda outlet for the Russian government, and...

Latvia Drops Russian High Schools

Last month, the Latvian Parliament (Saeima) passed amendments to its education laws according to which ethnic-minority schools will have to transition to Latvian-only secondary education in the 2019/2020 academic year. In passing the amendments,...
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Russian for Chinese Pilots

Chinese fighter pilots will have to learn Russian in order to fly their new, state-of-the-art, Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35 multirole fighter aircraft to be delivered later this year. While the planes will be fitted with...

EU Reacts to Russian Reporting

The European Union’s (EU's) foreign affairs department announced last month that it was launching a rapid-response team to counter what it considers biased Russian media reports. The unit, which will include ten Russian-speakers from EU...

Russian Retreat in Ukraine

The Ukrainian parliament (Verkhovna Rada) has passed a bill requiring that 75% of national television programming and 50% of local broadcasting be in the...