Russian Vs. 'languages of Small-Numbered Peoples': New Developments, Old Approaches?
The adopted laws played their purely symbolic role, and, since the time of their adoption, there have been hardly any activities detected on the part of governmental organizations. The situation with ‘languages of small-numbered peoples’ has even changed for the worse - the centralized policy of limited support was replaced by a complete indifference and lack of funding. At the same time, the last decade saw an unprecedented flow of official acts in support of the Russian language as a marker of Russian national identity.
One of the first public meetings held by the newly-established Governmental Agency for Nationalities Affairs in 2015 was devoted to language planning and policy, with a special emphasis on ‘small’ languages. The proposed presentation looks into the reasons and hypothesizes about the consequences of new initiatives in official language policy and into new developments and attitudes among national elites.