20 Sep 2017 13:52

Kremlin has not received requests from Tatarstan about help in preserving Tatar-language learning - Peskov

MOSCOW. Sept 20 (Interfax) - The Kremlin has not received any letters from the parents of Tatarstan schoolchildren in defense of the Tatar language, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

"No, we haven't [gotten them]. We know nothing about it," Peskov said when asked whether the Kremlin had received the open letter to Putin.

A group of parents from the Republic of Tatarstan has written an open letter to the Russian president requesting to check how the law on the native language has been observed in the republic. Some had called for abandoning compulsory Tatar classes; the authors of the open letter are asking Putin to intervene and preserve the teaching of the Tatar language as a state language in Tatarstan.