Most of the Russian-speaking
population predates the occupation by the Soviet Union.
The Russian leader "pointed out that the sharp escalation of the crisis is the result of Kiev's irresponsible policy, which disregards the lawful rights and interests of the country's Russian-speaking
citizens." He stressed "the inadmissibility of the current regime's use of armed force to suppress public protests in southeastern Ukraine."
The insurgents, many of them armed, continued occupying government, police and other administrative buildings in nearly 10 cities in the country's Russian-speaking
east of the country, demanding broader autonomy and closer ties with Russia.
DONETSK/LUHANSK, Ukraine, Jumada II 11, 1435, Apr 11, 2014, SPA -- Ukraine's prime minister offered on Friday to boost local powers in the regions in an effort to undercut pro-Russia separatists who have occupied official buildings in Russian-speaking
cities in eastern Europe, Reuters reported.
Troops lacking official insignia but widely understood to be under Russian command have seized key military bases and infrastructure in Ukraine's Russian-speaking
Autonomous Republic of Crimea in recent weeks.
It may surprise you to learn that the World Congress of Russian-speaking
Jewry and the Russian Jewish Congress don't exactly see eye-to-eye on certain issues.
The Russian non-paper is particularly critical of the fact that ethnic Russians in Latvia can no longer receive higher education in Russian since the Government closed the last Russian-speaking
state university in August 1999.Estonian failings highlighted.A similar Russian non-paper drives a similar message home on Estonia, where 28 per cent of the population is of Russian origin.
NNA - Russian Foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov said on Monday Ukraine's Russian-speaking
eastern regions should be involved in drafting a new state structure that Kiev has said may be put to a referendum next month, Reuters reported.
The statement from Viktor Yanukovych, the former Ukrainian leader who fled to Russia last month after three months of protests, raised the threat of further instability in Ukraine's Russian-speaking
eastern provinces, where many resent the new Ukrainian government.
The second grave error -- and this one was entirely unforced -- was the new government's decision to repeal the law giving Russian equal status as an official language in provinces with large Russian-speaking