VLADIKAVKAZ (QHA) -

August 10, Tamerlan Kambolov, professor of the North Ossetian State University named after Khetagurov, applied to the UN on with a request to protect the native languages of the peoples of Russia.

The appeal he sent to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, notes that discriminatory amendments to the law of the Russian Federation aroused serious concern of the public in the national regions of the Russian Federation already at the stage of discussion of the draft law.

"Their implementation would seriously undermine the prospects of preserving and developing hundreds of minority languages in Russia," the professor said.

He noted that giving the Russian language the status of a mother tongue assumes an even greater increase in the time for its studying, which will consist of studying the Russian language as state and Russian as a native language. Kambolov explained that such an increase in the position of the Russian language in the education system, coupled with the simultaneous introduction of the right to choose a native language, will lead the languages and cultures of the non-Russian peoples of the country to a catastrophe.

“This is due to the fact that the features of the educational system of the Russian Federation will inevitably encourage many parents of non-Russian nationalities to declare Russian language as their mother tongue, since this will allow increasing the time volume for the study of the Russian language by their children and, as a result, increase their chances to quality education and to effective social self-realization in the future," he noted.

Kambolov also drew attention to the fact that the consolidation in the adopted law of the provision for voluntary study of the state languages of the republics within the Russian Federation directly contradicts the Basic Law of the country.

“Under the Constitution of the Russian Federation (Article 68, part 2), a republic "has the right to establish its own state languages." This provision is confirmed by federal laws "On the Languages of the Peoples of the Russian Federation" and "On Education". At the same time, the last document noted (Chapter 1, Article 6, paragraph 6) that "the issues of studying the state languages of the republics within the Russian Federation are regulated by the legislation of these republics," he explained.

Earlier it was reported that the Caucasian leaders in exile condemned the discriminatory law on languages in the Russian Federation.

At the past forum in Turkey, the Federation of Caucasian Associations decided to jointly resist the Kremlin's assimilation policy.

Reference: on July 25, the State Duma of the Russian Federation approved the final version of the amendment to the law "On Education" regarding the study of the native language from among the languages of the peoples of the country and the official languages of the republics that are part of the Russian Federation.
According to the amendments, the study of the national language in the autonomous republics and regions of the Russian Federation became unnecessary.

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