Thu, 24 Oct 2019

Following the self-immolation of an ethnic Udmurt scholar and activist in protest against Russia's language policies, Human Rights Watch (HRW) is urging the government to address the 'deep-rooted problems' facing ethnic and linguistic minorities in the country.

Russia 'should reassess its language policies, with a view to eliminating direct or indirect discrimination and reverse policies that are sweeping away linguistic diversity,' HRW said in a statement on September 12.

'The Russian government has spared no efforts to express concern about the language rights of Russian speakers in the Baltic countries and Ukraine. At home, the Russian government seems to play by different rules,' the New York-based human rights watchdog added.

Two days earlier, Albert Razin died in hospital after he lit himself on fire outside the regional parliament in the capital of the Volga region of Udmurtia, Izhevsk.

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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