“Zhiguli” on avenues, “Volga” on streets 14.04.2021Soviet cars are greeted with welcoming car klaxons honking on the streets of New York, Berlin or Tokyo. It's a long time since German students bought Zhiguli cars, and French farmers acquired Lada Niva. As of today, collectors are chasing Volga, Pobeda (Victory) and Moskvich (Muscovite), which are exhibited in museums and in public squares. For many foreigners, Soviet cars are curiosity and novelty, but for Russian compatriots they symbolize nostalgia and connection with their homeland.
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Lavrov: Joint schools in Estonia infringe Russian children’s rights
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Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov described Tallinn’s suggestion about joint schools for Russian- and Estonian-speaking children as unacceptable. In his opinion, this idea is not in the interest of Russian-speaking minority, Narodnye Novosti website reports. Foreign Minister is convinced that Estonian authorities thus try to incorporate the national minority into Estonian linguistic area.
Note, last month the authors of the draft law, which suggests a complete elimination of Russian-language education, submitted it to the Parliament of Estonia again.
For the first time, the law was not adopted with one vote difference. According to the document, all primary and secondary schools that teach in Russian should be transferred to Estonian.
Estonian politicians bring up the issue about the position of Russian language in Estonian educational system during the election campaign traditionally. The majority of political forces wants to reduce the range of its application, especially in education. This has already affected higher education, since Russian language has been turned down as the main teaching language at the state universities, and most classes in Russian gymnasiums are already being taught in Estonian.
Sergei Lavrov noted that the situation with Russian language in Estonia does not suit the European Union. He is hoping that the Estonian authorities are able to solve this problem.
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