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Latvia May Restrict Russian

Latvia, a former member of the Soviet Union that shares a border with Russia, could move to restrict the Russian language in workplaces, according to the country’s deputy prime minister. Jānis Bordāns, who also serves...

Estonia Moves to End Russian-Medium Schools

Estonian member of parliament Urmas Reinsalu of the Isamaa party recently announced that the coalition government had reached an agreement that the transition to Estonian-language education at all levels must be set out in...

Russian and French Media Blocked

Last month, Russia blocked access to the websites of Radio France Internationale and the Russian-language service of The Moscow Times in the latest restrictions on media since Russia invaded Ukraine. The Moscow Times, whose English-language...

Belarus Restricts Lithuanian Education

According to Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Belarus will no longer allow students in its two Lithuanian-language schools to study in their native language. Instead, they’ll study in either Belarusian or Russian, with Lithuanian...

Hearts and Minds

As the Russian army proceeds with its invasion of Ukraine, our natural inclination to defend the weaker, younger, more democratic nation against its aggressive, giant, authoritarian neighbor is suppressed by the fear that any...
black front page of Russian newspaper

Russian Newspaper Defiantly Publishes in Ukrainian

Russian newspaper editor, Dmitry Muratov who won the Nobel Peace Prize last year, is publishing Friday's edition in Ukrainian as a show of solidarity against Putin's invasion. The editor-in-chief of Moscow-based newspaper Novaya Gazeta spoke defiantly...

What Does It Mean to Ask ‘How Does Ukrainian Compare with Russian?’

To ask “How does Ukrainian compare to Russian?” is to admit that you’ve heard of Russian but didn’t realize that Ukrainian was even a language. It is not your own fault, it’s a consequence...
Parliament of Moldova in Chisinau. Chisinau, Moldova.

Moldova to Relax Restrictions on Russian

Andrew Warner reports on moves to bolster the status of the Russian language in Moldova Parliament of Moldova in Chisinau. Chisinau, Moldova. The outgoing president of Moldova, Igor Dodon is expected to sign a bill to...

Russia Criticizes Uzbek Language Policy

The Russian Foreign Ministry said this month that supporters of the Uzbekistan government’s plan to enforce the use of Uzbek in the civil service were “obviously in the minority.” Moscow also urged that the former...

Ukrainian President-Elect Unlikely to Lift Russian Status

After actor and comedian Volodymyr Zelensky's landslide victory in Ukraine’s presidential elections, his campaign spokesperson, Dmytro Razumkov, said that the only official language in Ukraine is Ukrainian, according to the news outlet, Ukrainian Pravda....
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