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Role of Russian language discussed in UN

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Role of Russian language discussed in UN


09.06.2020

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The Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the UN celebrated Russian Language Day, TASS reports. In honor of the holiday, which is dedicated to the birthday of Alexander Pushkin, diplomats held a large-scale flash mob online. Small videos made by UN staff were posted on social networks. They were devoted to  the role of the Russian language in their lives and the UN as a whole.

Representatives of Italy, Argentina, Great Britain, and India also took part in the flash mob.

According to Vasily Nebenzya, the Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN, the project has become one more vivid testimony of how popular the Russian language is, how it brings people together in the discharge of official duties. He spoke about this as part of a speech at a meeting of the UN Russian Book Club, which took place online. Vasily Nebenzya expressed gratitude to everyone who continues to "carry the banner of the Russian language."

Translator Alexander Tubolets from Belarus called Russian as native as Belarusian. He considers it a working tool, a loyal friend and breadwinner. Erlan Bakaev from Kyrgyzstan, who serves in the field office of the UN mission in South Sudan, believes he is lucky since he spoke Russian all his life.

Svetlana Axelrod, who holds the post of director of the organization’s department, spoke about the role of the Russian language in the work of WHO, including the fight against the spread of coronavirus infection.

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