Russian language declines by 50 million speakers in only 25 years


November 4, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos

Moscow, Russia – Vyacheslav Nikonov, chairman of the education and science committee of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house and chairman of the board of the Russian World foundation, said on Friday at the 11th Russian World Assembly.], that the number of Russian speakers has decreased by 50 million in the past 25 years, mostly from former Soviet republics and former communist states.

“The older Russian-speaking generation in the former Soviet republics and former socialist countries, where Russian was taught at school, has practically gone over the past 25 years. The younger generation in these countries does not speak Russian, and this is a serious problem,” he said.

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However, he did reveal that Russian is now being taught in countries where it previously never was.

“Serious interest to the Russian language is seen in China, with more and more people studying it. And China is the world’s biggest nation,” he said. “We are doing our best to ensure possibility of studying Russian everywhere, even in those countries where it has never been studied, such as Indonesia or Nicaragua. Now Russian classes are offered there too.”

“We have a program of Russian language classes. These are small Russian centers operating in more than 160 educational establishments worldwide. We have a large-scale scholarship program, with ten to fifteen events conducted every day in various corners of the world,” Nikonov said.

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