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Russian language can drive you to Sukhum2011-10-05 14:53
Since taking office the President of Abkhazia, Ankvab first thing decided to give the Russian language official status. While the state language in a natural way is the Abkhaz, the primary means of business and everyday communication is language of Pushkin and Tolstoy. Local media use Russian as well as significant public acts are written in this language. President-elect plans to set the leading role of Russian language in the life of Abkhaz society, giving it a second state. This will once again confirm the strategic line of Sukhum - the alliance with Moscow.
the strategic line of Sukhum - the alliance with Moscow.
On October 6, Ankvab is going to make his first state visit as the leader of Abkhazia. And, of course, the newly-elected President of the Black Sea republic will visit Russia which recognized independent Abkhaz state and made possible its existence. In anticipation of this trip Ankvab announced his remarkable intention. "The question of giving the Russian language status of a second state language is discussed, not so smoothly but there is a strong likelihood that it will get this status. In any case, I believe that the legal status of Russian language should be strengthened" - the Abkhaz leader said in an interview to "Nevsky Time - "Even the main official newspaper "Respublika Abkhazia" is being published in Russian as well as all independent newspapers".
So, there is nothing surprising that Sukhum intends to give Russian language official status. It would be strange if the primary means for everyday and business communication, which is used in educational process and public acts, has not been assigned an official status. Especially when the situation with their own Abkhaz language is extremely uncertain and its resolving needs time". As Abkhazian President stressed in an interview, "there are problems with the material base for teaching in Abkhaz language, and it primarily affect the state of rural schools". In Abkhazia, formation of native language as de facto the main instrument of everyday and formal communication will actually take years.
Also, Ankvab didn't forget to say about the role of the Georgian language, noting that "it is used in Gali district, but Georgian won't become the second official language". In fact, it could not be otherwise.