Speaking Friday at a press-conference in RIA Novosti, he said that half of the population in Ukraine speak Russian as their native tongue and therefore making Russian an official language in the republic is quite natural from the humanitarian point of view.
In the opinion of the expert, the language the Ukrainians speak today is a colloquial one while the lacking official status for the Russian language leads to an ever lower intellectual potential of Ukraine.
Russian has been recently ousted from higher educational establishments and from professional endeavour, claimed Igrunov. At the same time, seventy percent of the republic's book market are Russian-language literature.
"A qualified teaching of Russian at schools is obviously required," concluded Igrunov.