; cf. riaderbent.ru/videokonferentsiya-net-zakonu-protiv-rodnyh-yazykov-obedinila-12-onlajn-ploshhadok.html).
Amil Sarkarov, a Lezgin participant in the video conference, says that in his view, “a transformation in the activity of activists depending their linguistic rights is taking place,” and that this could lead to the formation of “a serious social force” that Moscow could not fail to take into account.
“We must constantly fight for our rights since no laws guarantee that they will be observed,” the activist continued. “We have frequently had occasion to be convinced that the actions of the authorities do not correspond to the legal code of the country. The language question is most clearly indicative of this.”
Consequently, Sarkarov says, “the creation of a powerful, legally formed public movement in support of the languages of the peoples of the Russian Federation is a necessary next step.”
Other participants expressed similar thoughts and argued that requiring instruction in the non-Russian languages is essential to redress the imbalance between Russian and non-Russian that currently exists not only in schools but in the public spaces of the republics.