Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference commented on the so-called language conflict in a number of national republics of the Russian Federation, where after his speech in Yoshkar-Ola was abolished the compulsory study of indigenous languages.
photo: Natalia Gubernatorova
“I believe that we have no sharpness in the field of national, as you put it, of the question”, – said Putin in response to the question of the journalist from Tatarstan.
The President of Russia reminded that in the Republic of Tatarstan, according to him, lives only half of the Tatars. Thus, according to him, it is important to preserve the possibility of studying their languages and national minorities.
At the same time, Putin stressed, the study of national languages should not come at the expense of learning the Russian language of interethnic communication in the country, which teach in the leading universities of the country.
Note that asking the President a question the journalist was holding a poster with the words “bogeyman Putin.” The President mistakenly read it as “bye-Bye (“bye” in English – “MK”), which, in fact, attracted his attention. Note that the “bogeyman” in translation from the Tatar – “grandpa.”
Recall, this summer in Yoshkar-Ola Putin stated the inadmissibility of compulsory study of the national languages in the republics of the Russian Federation. Shortly after that, in national regions began the campaign to eliminate the compulsory study of indigenous languages.
Most acutely this process took in Tatarstan, where the issue has split society into two parts (mainly on a national basis).