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TATARSTAN SEEKS RECOGNITION OF LANGUAGE

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Two Tatar youth organisations have called on Moscow to give official status to the Tatar language in Russia. Uzebez (Ourselves) and the Tatar Youth Forum said that they have begun collecting signatures for their proposal and are seeking to have the issue considered in the Russian State Duma. The organisations claim that because Tatars are the second-largest ethnic group in Russia, their native language should be recognised as an official state language alongside Russian. They cite Finland’s recognition of Swedish as an official language even though ethnic Swedes make up just 6 per cent of Finland’s population. Meanwhile, the Azatliq (Liberty) Tatar Youth Union issued a statement saying that Tatarstan’s government is under pressure from Moscow and is unable to maintain the republic’s sovereignty. Azatliq said it will use “all possible means” to protect Tatarstan’s “political and economical sovereignty.”


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