Russia's State Duma adopts bill on studying minority languages
Russia's State Duma has passed a bill on studying native languages of Russian peoples in the third and final reading.
According to the bill, federal standards of primary school education in Russia now provide an option to be educated in languages spoken by the peoples living in Russia and official state languages of Russia’s federal subjects, including Russian language.
Russian language may be freely chosen as the native language by the family of a student.
The bill now proceeds to the upper chamber of parliament, the Federation Council. If it is approved there, it will go on to Putin for signing before becoming law, RFE/RL reported.