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Council Of Europe Wants Estonia To Respect Rights Of Russian Speakers

Posted by Info on 10/07/2011

Estonian authorities are expected to react to a set of “secret recommendations” which have been reportedly proposed by the Council of Europe.
The confidential recommendations include granting citizenship to all residents without the state language exams and permitting non-citizens to become members of political parties.

Russian speakers should also have the right to write their patronymic names in official documents. It also recommends that the local authorities in Estonia use the Cyrillic alphabet on street signs.

Russian-speaking residents make up about 30 percent of the Estonian population. Estonia has approximately 100,000 stateless people, those with no registered citizenship or nationality – around 10 percent of the total population.

It is not the first time that the Council of Europe is sending proposals to the Estonian authorities. The contents of the new 175 recommendations may be published next year, but state officials are already under pressure to react to them. At the same time, the recommendations are non-binding.

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