Moscow Finds Violations of Putin’s Language Policy in All Non-Russian Republics
December 30 – Every single one of the non-Russian republics is violating in one
way or another Vladimir Putin’s insistence that the study of Russian be
compulsory for all and that the study of non-Russian languages be voluntary in
every case, according to a report the Procuracy General has prepared for the
republics where the violations are greatest judged by the number of complaints
from parents are Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Sakha and Chuvashia, according to Kommersant; but there are problems in this
regard everywhere. And Moscow expects those responsible to be punished and the situation
to be changed (kommersant.ru/doc/3482053).
short, this is not the limited “problem” that many in Moscow have talked about
but one that affects more than a fifth of the population of the country and more
than a fifth of the federal subjects, something that means it matters a great
deal more than those within the ring road seem to recognize.
the one hand, this shows that the Kremlin really is committed to its Russianization
and Russificaiton campaign and is willing to mobilize ethnic Russians in the
non-Russian republics to get its way. But on the other, it shows that despite
what many believe the non-Russians remain attached to their languages and will
view this policy as an attack on their rights.
Putin is committed to this policy and is prepared to push it through even
though it violates the Russian constitution and existing Russian law, although
a Kommersant source in the Presidential
Administration says that there is no need to change any law, an implicit
acknowledgement that Putin’s views are now sufficient to override any legal
republic governments are expected to fall in line and to punish those in their
education ministries and schools who have in the past violated what is now
policy.Moscow is unhappy that this
issue arose “before the federal elections” and will do everything it can to
block education becoming a source of conflict in nationality policy.
in fact by overturning the constitution and laws in this area, the Kremlin has
promoted what it says it objects to; and it would be well for its denizens to
remember that those who view their rights as having been taken away often
become more angry than those who never had these rights in the past.