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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.


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.

01.06.2021 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at a stand-alone meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs/International Relations, Moscow, June 1, 2021

Regrettably, the coronavirus infection has prevented us from holding an in-person meeting. I would like to once again express our solidarity with India and the Indian people. We are ready to continue providing assistance in the fight against the pandemic and to promote cooperation in this sphere. It is only through joint efforts that we will overcome the current crisis to the benefit of our nations.

28.05.2021 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on anti-Russia statements by UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace

Another representative of military officials in the collective West – UK Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace – has made a series of anti-Russia statements naming Moscow as the UK's “number one adversary threat”. The UK’s Defence Secretary is known as one of the most consistent anti-fans of our country in the British government. At the same time, just as before, his assertive anti-Russia rhetoric contains no specificity.

28.05.2021 - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova`s answer to a media question on Dominic Raab`s statement on possible sanctions over Ryanair inciedent in Belarus

Question: UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that London may consider sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 and Yamal-Europe energy pipelines following the Ryanair incident in Belarus, in which Russia could be involved, according to him. What is the Russian Foreign Ministry’s opinion of this statement? Maria Zakharova: We have seen these statements by UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, and we are aware of his views on the incident with the emergency landing of a Ryanair flight in Minsk on May 23.

28.05.2021 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on statements by Western politicians about the Ryanair incident

We have taken note of the fact that our Western partners are talking about “the Russian connection” in their comments on the situation. Barely three days after the incident with Ryanair, our Western partner have presented their conclusions very quickly, unanimously and, as always, without any substantiation, even though the investigation is not over and aviation experts have not offered any explanations yet. I will not repeat our official position right now, but I would like to point out that it is focused on conducting an objective and detailed investigation, unlike our Western partners, who only rely on the “highly likely” principle and are speculating about the non-existent “hand of Moscow.”

13.05.2021 - Embassy Press Officer replies to a media question regarding the speech on the cyber security by the UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab

Question: Speaking at the National Cyber Security Centre’s CYBERUK conference on 12 May 2021, the UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that ‘states like Russia’ have a responsibility to prosecute criminals operating from their territory, ‘not shelter them’. How would you comment on this? Answer: The Embassy has on multiple occasions commented unfounded accusations of numerous ‘sins’ in cyberspace made against our country. It is disappointing that the British authorities keep using Russia as a negative example, while having no actual grounds for this. Over the past few years we have repeatedly suggested to the UK, as well as to the USA and other countries, to develop professional cooperation to tackle the issues arising in this field... The UK prefers resounding speeches and vague ‘sheltering criminals’ insinuations.

12.05.2021 - Embassy reply to a media request from The Guardian

The Embassy has no comment to make on the substance of the allegations against HRH Prince Michael of Kent made in the recent media publications. Prince Michael is well known in Russia as a champion of Russian-British friendship and cooperation. He has immensely contributed to developing human, cultural and economic ties between the two countries, including by serving as the Patron of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce. In this capacity, His Royal Highness has maintained a wide range of contacts with Russian counterparts at various levels.

11.05.2021 - Воок of Condolence for the victims of the tragedy in School №175 in Kazan on 11.05.2021

The Embassy expresses sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the tragic events in School №175 in Kazan on 11 May 2021, and wishes of a speedy recovery to everyone who was injured. A Book of Condolence is open at the Embassy's Consular Section. You can also send your message to: condolences@rusemb.org.uk.

05.05.2021 - Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova’s interview with the RT television channel, May 3, 2021

Question: What impact have the sanctions had on the state of relations between Russia and the West? Maria Zakharova: Unfortunately, the growing use of politically motivated, unilateral restrictive measures by a number of Western countries, primarily the United States, has become a reality of our time. We increasingly view the sanctions against Russia as a “gesture of despair” and a manifestation of the local elites’ inability to accept the new reality, abandon the stereotypes of their bloc-based thinking, and recognise Russia's right to independently determine its path of development and build relationships with its partners.

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