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Moscow expresses concern for Russians in Estonia
« on: March 19, 2014, 01:42:59 pm »
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Russia signaled concern on Wednesday at Estonia's treatment of its large ethnic Russian minority, comparing language policy in the Baltic state with what it said was a call in Ukraine to prevent the use of Russian. Russia fully supported the protection of the rights of linguistic minorities, a Moscow diplomat told the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, according to a summary of the session issued by the U.N.'s information department. "Language should not be used to segregate and isolate groups," the diplomat was reported as saying. Russia was "concerned by steps taken in this regard in Estonia as well as in Ukraine," the Moscow envoy was said to have added.

The text of the Russian remarks, echoing long-standing complaints over Estonia's insistence that the large Russian minority in the east of the country should be able to speak Estonian, was not immediately available.

source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/19/us-russia-estonia-idUSBREA2I1J620140319

sounds awfully familiar, don't you think?

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Re: Moscow expresses concern for Russians in Estonia
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2014, 06:00:40 pm »
Estonia is a member of NATO, you're good.

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Re: Moscow expresses concern for Russians in Estonia
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2014, 08:23:38 am »
about that "Language should not be used to segregate and isolate groups,"

many russians refuse to learn Estonian and no one really knows why, most of the older (30+) russians and about a third of the younger generation are like that

on the other hand i do have many russian friends who speak perfect estonian and we have mandatory russian classes from the 4th grade until graduation in many schools, everything available in Estonian is also available in Russian and its impossible to get a job in places like stores and catering without being fluent in Estonian, Russian and English

the only thing is that unlike Estonian, Russian isnt an official language
« Last Edit: March 20, 2014, 08:26:52 am by Evoke »

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Re: Moscow expresses concern for Russians in Estonia
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2014, 08:20:34 am »
besides that language thing, many russians in estonia dont like living here but after the 2007 bronze night riots putin offered free relocation, jobs and new nationality to the russians here and only about 10 people left for that offer because even though they dont like Estonia, they all agree that it's still way better here than it is in Russia.. the pay's better and it's generally safer


so i dont think that they want to be "saved"

*fixed a double negative
« Last Edit: March 21, 2014, 02:30:56 pm by Evoke »

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Re: Moscow expresses concern for Russians in Estonia
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2014, 02:25:34 pm »
I promise to sponsor you entry in the US if Russia invades.   :)

Or come fight!

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Re: Moscow expresses concern for Russians in Estonia
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2014, 07:20:05 pm »
I'd be down to go fight some russians.  :P