Russian MP slams "Ukrainization" of Crimean schools

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MOSCOW, September 6 (RIA Novosti) - The actions of the authorities in the Crimea, a region in southern Ukraine with a majority ethnic-Russian population, do not correspond to European standards of human rights, a senior member of the lower chamber of Russia's parliament said Tuesday.

Andrei Kokoshin, the chairman of the State Duma's committee for CIS affairs, said: "Many State Duma deputies have expressed the most serious concerns about the actions of the Ukrainian authorities on the Ukrainization of schools in the Crimea, which are being implemented in line with the decisions of the new leadership of Crimea."

According to Kokoshin, the actions of the current authorities in Crimea clearly not only clash with the desire of the local population, but also with standards of European human rights for ethnic minorities, especially those living in a small area.

"The supporters of Russian schools in Latvia and Ukraine must be heard in European Union capitals, in many of which double standards are still maintained in relation to the rights of the Russian-speaking population in these post-Soviet states," Kokoshin said.

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