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    TEL AVIV, June 29 (RIA Novosti, Ratmir Orestov) - Israel's Ministry of Education reneged on its decision to stop financing Russian classes in Israeli schools under public pressure inspired by Chairman of the Democratic Choice party Roman Bronfman.

    The member of Israel's parliament, the Knesset, turned to Minister of Education Limor Livnat with a demand to revoke what he called a precipitate and wrong decision.

    "The ministry's response is that it will continue financing Russian classes next year. Part of the funds will be allotted from the ministry's fund for the absorption of immigrant teachers and immigrant students. This means that the Israeli authorities will sustain jobs for 140 teachers of the Russian language and some 10,000 students will be able to continue studying Russian as a second foreign language," a party spokesperson said.

    "Unfortunately, we have to press to continue the funding of such an important subject like Russian every year," Bronfman said.

    "Experts proved that studying [your] native language helps master other subjects. I am satisfied that this year the public made the authorities reverse their decision," Bronfman said.

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