Tag "language"

Fake: It is Prohibited to Speak Foreign Language in Latvia

January 19, a great number of Russian mass media wrote that the government of Latvia had allegedly forbidden inhabitants of this state to speak any foreign language, including Russian, at work and in public places – in public vehicles, stores, at factories and offices. RT in Russian, Gazeta.ru, Newsru.com, Russian Courier, ridus.ru and many others wrote about this. St. Petersburg Diary went even further and entitled its news “You Cannot

Russia Investigates VKontakte User for Posting Ukraine-Related Content

Russian authorities are investigating a Yekaterinburg woman on charges of “inciting hatred and violence” for posting links to content about Ukrainian Euromaidan protests on the social network VKontakte. Yekaterina Vologzheninova, a resident of Yekaterinburg, got a visit from law enforcement officials from the Russian Investigative committee a few days before the start of the new year. After searching her apartment and confiscating her laptop, a tablet, a digital camera, and

Children in Sloviansk Schools are not Forced to Learn German Instead of Russian

On September 10, Russian Channel One in its news program showed a report about Ukrainian authorities starting to tread on the neck of the Russian language in Sloviansk. “Note that the educational programme in Sloviansk has been changed. Children are no longer allowed to study Russian, as the pupils report, now they are taught German instead. Apparently, it is closer ideologically to the current authorities. And this all is despite

Russian Grade 9 History Textbook Modified to Include Lies about Ukrainian Abolishment of Language Laws

The new textbook for Russian grade 9 students, reprinted by Russian publishing house “Prosveshenie” (English: Enlightenment) upon instruction of Russian president Vladimir Putin, contains this information: one of the first decisions of the new Ukrainian government after Viktor Yanukovych’s escape was deprivation of Russian language’s status; this was the reason for Crimean authorities’ decision to split from Ukraine. “Towards the end of 2013, beginning of the year 2014, the situation

FAKE: Ukrainian state agencies were ordered to delete Russian versions of their official websites.

Russian news agency ITAR-TASS quoted an unknown source related to the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers published “Olexandr Turchinov’s (who was appointed by the Supreme Council of Ukraine “Verkhovna Rada” as an acting president) administration ordered all Ukrainian state agencies to delete Russian versions of their official websites”. They set a deadline as 10th of March 2014. According to ITAR-TASS news agency 14 crucial state institutions have fallen under this order.

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