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Estonia publishes first child's primer in Russian

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A presentation of the first Russian-language child's primer published in Estonia was held on Thursday in Tallinn.

A presentation of the first Russian-language child's primer published in Estonia was held on Thursday in Tallinn, the Estonian television reported.

Russian-speaking minorities constitute 25.6% of the country's current population and 58.6% of the native Estonian population is also able to speak Russian.

The Russian language was the second official language in Estonia during the Soviet era, but with the collapse of the Soviet Union Estonian went back to being the only state language in Estonia.

Before the release of the book, Russian-speaking children had to use the primers published in Russia, which introduced the Russian culture, history and geography.

The new book, on the contrary, offers children stories about Estonia, its history, culture, geography, and local folklore.

The Russian-language primer uses the same illustrations and structure as the Estonian one, but its content is mostly original, the TV report said.

 

TALLINN, May 28 (RIA Novosti)