MINELRES: MMCP Newsletter 12 October 2009: Tajikistan Drops Russian As Official Language

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Tajikistan Drops Russian As Official Language 

October 08, 2009 
RFE/RL Headlines, 7 October 2009

DUSHANBE -- A new law on official languages has gone into effect in
Tajikistan that removes Russian as the "language for interethnic
communication," RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

The law was adopted by the Tajik parliament last week and signed by
President Emomali Rahmon on October 6.

The new law states that all official papers and education in the country
should be conducted only in the Tajik language.

However, the law also says that all minority ethnic groups in the
country have the right to choose in which language they want their
children to be educated.

Tajikistan's largest minority is Uzbeks, who make up some 15 percent of
the population.

Ethnic Russians and Kyrgyz each make up about 1 percent of the


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