[lg policy] Russian Supreme Court Orders Tatarstan To Change Language Law

Cengiz Haksoz cengizhaksoz at YAHOO.CO.UK
Tue Sep 22 22:59:30 UTC 2009

Russian Supreme Court Orders Tatarstan To Change Language Law

Original sender: RFE/RL <news at rferl.org> (forwarded from MINELRES list)


September 16, 2009

KAZAN, Tatarstan -- Tatarstan's parliament is considering amendments to
the law on its state languages after the Russian Supreme Court ordered
the Tatar government to harmonize those laws with federal Russian
legislation, RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service reports.

The Supreme Court in Moscow has ordered that not only official
documentation in Tatarstan's state bodies, but also public
announcements, posters, public advertisements, as well as ballot papers,
must be printed in both Tatar and Russian.

If the order is implemented, even promotional posters for purely
Tatar-language oriented cultural events will have to be published in
Tatar and Russian.

Tatar activists have been complaining that such actions show that the
Kremlin is pursuing a policy directed at assimilating the country's many
ethnic minorities.

Moscow also forbid Tatarstan from adapting the Latin alphabet several
years ago after the Tatar government passed legislation on the use of
that script over

Cengiz Haksoz


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