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    Russian-Language School to Open in Syria's Damascus

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    A Russian-language school is to be built soon in the Damascus countryside in Syria, the Russian ambassador to the country said Tuesday.

    DAMASCUS (Sputnik) — "Municipal authorities in Damascus have designated a 2.5-acre parcel of land in Qudsia al-Jadida, in so-called New Damascus, for this project," Alexander Kinshchak told RIA Novosti in an interview.

    The foundation-stone laying ceremony is expected to take place soon, Moscow's envoy to Syria added. It will be attended by representatives of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society, a Russian scientific society that was founded prior to the Russian Revolution.

    Russian language studies were introduced as a compulsory discipline in Syrian schools last year. Russia and Syria have historically strong diplomatic and cultural ties. Thousands of Soviet and later Russian-educated Syrians have held high posts in Syria in politics, business and culture.

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