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Crimea Schools Reboot Russian Language and Literature

Sergey Aksenov
Crimea PM Sergey Aksenov

According to news from Crimea, the people of the peninsula are now back on track after a program of "aggressive Ukrainization" marginalized Russian language and literature.  Sergey Aksenov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Crimea, told reporters last week, the full format returned to the school curriculum. 

According to Arksenov, for nearly a quarter of a century the Kiev government was "focused on the expulsion of Russian language and literature education". The Crimea leader informed of the total number of hours devoted to the study of Russian has declined in the Crimean schools to twice a week. He also pointed out,m that Russian literature disappeared as a separate subject, and the fact Ukrainian textbooks couldnot stand up to scrutiny. For many years Crimea teachers secretly used old Soviet textbooks to try and augment the system. 

According to the 2014 Russian census, 84% of Crimean inhabitants named Russian as their native language, while 7.9% chose Crimean Tatar, with 3.7% choosing Tatar; and 3.3% Ukrainian respectively. In February of 2014, a bill repealing a law making Russian an official language of Crime was approved by 232 deputies out of 450. Though the legislation was not signed into law by the actiing Ukraine president, fears of even more intensive "Ukrainization" were largely responsible for the call to Russia to adopt Crimea into the Russian Federation.