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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

09.06.2021

Address by the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation to international parliamentary organisations, parliaments and the public of foreign states in connection with the increase in cases of violation of the right to use the native language

On the eve of Russian Language Day, which is marked in the Russian Federation annually on June 6 and is timed to coincide with the birthday of Alexander Pushkin, the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, noting the importance of the Russian language for the development of international relations and intercultural dialogue, addresses international parliamentary organisations, parliaments and the public of foreign states with a call to respect and encourage the right of any person to use their native language, including to receive education in it.

The Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation states that the Russian Federation, being a multi-ethnic and multi-faith state, has an invaluable tool for interethnic communication - the Russian language. It is recognised as one of the official and working languages at many international organisations, including the official language of the United Nations (UN). Millions of people around the world speak Russian. Alexander Pushkin, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov and other great writers who belong not only to Russian, but also world culture, wrote in it.

In the Russian Federation, the right of any individual to use their native language, to freely choose their language of communication, education, training and creativity is guaranteed by the Constitution of the Russian Federation. In our country, 277 languages and dialects are used; 105 languages are used in the state education system, of which 24 are used as the language of instruction and 81 as an academic subject.

The native language is the core of national identity and self-awareness. Restricting the right to use it, including communication and receiving education in it, is a form of cultural genocide. It provokes ethnic conflicts, and in certain cases poses a threat to international security.

The right to use the native language is enshrined in many international documents in the field of the protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms, including the Convention of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation against Discrimination in Education of December 14, 1960, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of December 16, 1966, the Convention on the Rights of the Child of November 20, 1989, the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe of August 1, 1975, the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 18, 1992, and others. The preamble to the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities of February 1, 1995 states that “a pluralist and genuinely democratic society should not only respect the ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious identity of each person belonging to a national minority, but also create appropriate conditions enabling them to express, preserve and develop this identity.”

The Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation notes with concern that the right of people to communicate and to receive education in their native language is grossly violated in a number of states. In Latvia, Estonia and Ukraine, laws have been adopted and remain in force which are limiting people’s right to use their native language. Unfortunately, these facts do not evoke a proper response from European and international organisations, including non-governmental human rights organisations.

The developments in Ukraine in recent years directly stem from the desire, encouraged by the authorities, of radical nationalists and politicians who align with them to assert Ukrainian statehood by trampling on the legal rights of other ethnicities, primarily Russians, who are the indigenous people of that country.

Today, in a number of states, the denial of the right to use native language is often accompanied by the rewriting of history, the glorification of Nazism, Nazis and their accomplices.

The senators of the Russian Federation are convinced that in the face of modern challenges and threats, when old conflicts are aggravated and new conflicts arise, it is important to consolidate the efforts of the entire international community in order to normalise international relations. Strict observance by states of the right of any person to use their native language is an indispensable condition for this.

The Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation calls on international parliamentary organisations, parliaments and the public of foreign states to uphold the right to use the native language and strongly condemn any attempts to violate it.




LATEST EVENTS

24.08.2021 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on the meeting of the so-called Crimea Platform in Kiev

We have taken note of an event that was held in Kiev on August 23 and was entitled a “Crimea Platform Summit.” The stated aim of this political project, developed with active involvement of government experts from the United States, the UK and the European Union and funded by the United States Agency for International Development, is “the de-occupation of Crimea and its reintegration with Ukraine.” The participants involved are just right for this goal – mainly being NATO countries and some international organisations sharing a common delusion that the Crimean Peninsula should be part of the current Ukrainian state and that it can be torn away from the Russian Federation by increasing political and economic pressure on Russia.


21.08.2021 - Embassy comment on new sanctions imposed by UK

We took notice of the new personal sanctions imposed by the UK on the Russian nationals for what is claimed to be ‘their direct responsibility for the poisoning of Alexey Navalny’. It is indicative indeed that sanctions are being rubber-stamped in a process which is completely detached from actual facts and looks like a formality, a way to ‘mark anniversaries’.


20.08.2021 - Press release on the anniversary of “Alexey Navalny case”

August 20 marks one year since the emergency hospitalisation of Russian blogger Alexey Navalny in Omsk - an incident which, through the purposeful efforts of a group of Western states, was raised to the level of an international event, which led to the bringing of unsubstantiated charges against Russia for allegedly using a “chemical warfare agent” on its territory. At the same time, the actions taken by the FRG authorities and their allies over the past 12 months clearly show that that a pre-planned provocation was carried out against our country to discredit the Russian Federation in the eyes of the international community and to damage its national interests.


19.08.2021 - Human rights situation in the United Kingdom. Report by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Moscow, 2021

The United Kingdom positions itself as the benchmark in promotion and protection of human rights while neglecting principles of sovereign equality of States and non-interference in their internal affairs. Teaching others how to behave and repeating trite age-old clichés, London tries to disguise its own problems, including comfortable existence of organizations with neoNazi ideologies, increase in racist acts, discrimination of ethnic minorities in many areas of public life, abuse of powers and use of torture by law enforcement officials. This list is far from exhaustive. Besides, crimes of British soldiers against civilians during military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq remain unpunished.


17.08.2021 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s answers to media questions following a visit to the Kaliningrad Region, Kaliningrad, August 17, 2021

Question: You had a meeting with freight carriers today. What is the status of the Dubki-Rambinas checkpoint, when will it become operational and, in general, what problems did the carriers share with you? How can you help them? Sergey Lavrov: I discussed the state of affairs with the Governor and the President of the Association of International Road Carriers {ASMAP). Many issues under review were highly specific and purely technical. As we reiterated today, they are being considered by a special government commission chaired by First Deputy Prime Minister Andrey Belousov. The next meeting will be held in September. Today's meeting, which made it possible to sum up all our concerns, was quite timely. In a joint effort with our colleagues from the Kaliningrad Region Government and ASMAP, we will summarise these suggestions for further consideration by this commission.


14.08.2021 - Russia's MFA Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on the situation concerning BBC Moscow correspondent Sarah Rainsford.

The official London, as represented by Minister for European Neighbourhood and the Americas Wendy Morton and the UK’s diplomatic mission in Moscow, have chosen to link the non-renewal of the Russian visa and accreditation for BBC Moscow correspondent Sarah Rainsford with “the deteriorating situation with media freedom in Russia,” cynically turning the whole situation on its head. We have to state that these assertions are false.


29.06.2021 - Joint Statement of the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China on the Twentieth Anniversary of the Treaty of Good Neighbourliness and Friendly Cooperation between the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China, 28 June 2021

On the eve of the twentieth anniversary of the Treaty of Good Neighbourliness and Friendly Cooperation between the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China, signed on 16 July 2001, the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China, hereinafter referred to as the Parties, in order to continue the dynamic development of comprehensive partnership and strategic interaction in a new era, in accordance with the spirit and letter of the Treaty, declare as follows:


24.06.2021 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the 9th Moscow Conference on International Security, Moscow, June 24, 2021

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the 9th Moscow Conference on International Security in Moscow.


18.06.2021 - The Visa Centre in Manchester will resume its operation

Due to considerable number of requests of foreign nationals living far away from London the Visa Application Centre in Manchester will reopen on 23 June.


17.06.2021 - President Putin's news conference following Russia-US talks, June 16, 2021

President Putin's news conference following Russia-US talks in Geneva.



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