Ukraine bans learning Russian in schools

In Odessa, after Nikolaev, it was forbidden to learn Russian in schools

In Odessa, after Nikolaev, it was forbidden to learn Russian in schools

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Just a few days ago, the mayor of Odessa, Gennady Trukhanov, almost swore his love for Russian culture.

— Odessa is the multicultural capital of Ukraine. I am worried about the growth of hatred for everything Russian,” Trukhanov said in an interview with the New York Times. And now, fresh news – since August, the Russian language has been banned for studying in schools in the Odessa region.

– The corresponding textbooks have already been withdrawn, and all Russian writers have been removed from the educational program. They will be replaced by authors from other states, the RIA Novosti news agency said in this regard.

Not under any sauce, even optional. Even in courses. A complete ban The decision to ban schools in Odessa itself should be taken directly by Trukhanov, so let’s look at his tears of tenderness from Pushkin, Chekhov, Tolstoy and Nikolai Gogol, a native of Little Russia. Or can Americans hang noodles on their ears to show their tolerance?

Let’s remind, several days earlier Russian language was excluded from the program of school education in the Nikolaev area and Nikolaev. The ban takes effect on the first day of the new school year. In the Odessa region, they played ahead of the curve – they banned education in Russian since August.

It is Odessa and Nikolaev that are iconic cities here. Symbolic cities that have been Russian throughout their history. And Odessa is also the main center of Russian culture in Ukraine.

It is difficult here to refrain from quoting, perhaps, the most famous Odessa citizen of our days, “expert” and deputy of the State Duma Anatoly Alexandrovich Wasserman: “If the security of your state is threatened by the names of streets, cities, monuments, heraldry, the people who live there and the language in which they say, you are probably building your state on foreign territory.”

And Wasserman knows what he’s talking about. There is nothing more to add here.

One can recall a lot – beatings of street musicians who sing in Russian and bans on such performance, the ban on the Russian-language press, books in Russian, not only Russian TV, but also programs in Russian, which began with quotas for the use of the language. But why? All the same, you can’t say better than Wasserman.

And this means that Odessa and Nikolaev must be released before September 1st. The Ukrainian authorities leave Russia no choice.

Stop hurting kids.

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