March 01, 2003

Unofficially Speaking

“Article 6: When using the Russian language as the State Language of the Russian Federation, it is forbidden to use common, insulting, or borrowed words and expressions, or foreign words for which the Russian language has analogs in wide usage.”


Law on the State Language. Passed by a vote of 248-37 (with 1 abstention), by the Russian State Duma on February 5, 2003. On February 12, sent back for revisions by the Federation Council, because it lacked certain normative elements, and could not be executed in its present form. Current status, at press time: pending.

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