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  •  Direct attacks by Russia (2+ / 0-)
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    Eternal Hope, KenBee

    Russia has been the source of virtually constant attempts to take down the Estonian infrastructure which is heavily dependent on the internet and e-commerce (so much is the country dependent on IT, it is sometimes nicknamed E-stonia)

    The ethnic Russians often refuse or are unable to learn Estonian which is a requirement of citizenship (others refuse to take out papers because they consider themselves still Soviet citizens). They are however able to use Russian because of the EU's policy on minority languages which gives them more rights than, say, Tartars or Ukrainian speakers in Russia.

    "Come to Sochi, visit the gay clubs and play with the bears" - NOT a Russian advertising slogan.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Sat Apr 05, 2014 at 09:48:21 AM PDT

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    •  Where did you learn (0+ / 0-)

      about EU policy on minority languages? as far as I know all European states suppressed minority languages be it Corsican in France, Slavic in Germany, Welsh, Scot etc etc.

      Disenfranchise Russians on linguistic ground is grave human rights abuse, which is so easily overlooked by West.

      As for Russian minorities they have much more rights and opportunities than in Europe let alone US indigenous minorities. Many small nations like Tatars have autonomy with elements of state, their languages declared official (even judicial process is conducted in their languages), minority ethnic schools (where education conducted in minority language) exist in Russia everywhere, not only in ethnic republics etc etc. They all get state funds, as well as state (federal and region) allot funds to literature, textbooks, theatre etc in minority languages.

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