Controversies about annulled law on status of Russian

PPPDA MP Dinu Plîngău, one of the authors of the challenge filed to the Constitutional Court, said the linguistic rights of the ethnic minorities in the Republic of Moldova are not violated and the law that offered a special status to the Russian language was promoted by the PSRM with the aim of creating an artificial criteria for diving society, IPN reports.

“This bill was adopted exclusively for political goals – for stirring things up in society in connection with the eventual snap parliamentary elections. All the rights of the ethnic minorities, including the linguistic ones, are guaranteed by the Constitution. Each citizen speaking Russian or Ukrainian can communicate in any language they want on the territory of the Republic of Moldova,” the MP stated in the talk show “Shadow Cabinet” on Jurnal TV channel.

In the same program, outgoing Minister of Justice Fadei Nagachevski said that as the Republic of Moldova does not offer the ethnic minorities optimal conditions for studying the Romanian language, the state institutions must ensure translation into Russian.

“At the Ministry of Justice, we are permanently besieged with different types of petitions concerning the violation of the rights of Russian speaking-citizens, who do not have access to public services and information of public interest in the language they know,” stated Fadei Nagachevski.

On January 21, the Constitutional Court  ruled that the law on the functioning of languages on the territory of the Republic of Moldova, which offered a special status to Russian alongside the official language, is unconstitutional. The CC judgments are irrevocable and final.

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