Linguistic changes in the former Soviet Union

The article “Still Fighting Russia, This Time With Words” from the New York Times exposes connections between language, culture, and politics. Russian was the primary language throughout the Soviet Union. Now, former Soviet countries are marginalizing Russian in favor of a language picked by their own government.

Even though the culture in the former Soviet Union is tied to Russia, these countries are reclaiming their modern culture. In learning English as a secondary language to Russian, Georgia is giving its children a chance to look to the future. I am glad that Russian is not being eliminated. The article stated that many older Georgians already know Russian. Therefore, the children will not lose their connection with their parents, history, or culture.


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