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Legal Basis for the Regulation of Language Policy and the Status of the Russian Language in the Post-Soviet States

Student: Oleksandr Nepohodin

Supervisor: Dmitry Kuznetsov

Faculty: School of Law

Educational Programme: Jurisprudence (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2018

This research work is devoted to analysis of the legal basis for the regulation of language policy and the problems of implementing and protecting the language rights of the Russian-speaking population in former Republics of the Soviet Union. The work contains examination of doctrinal concepts of language equality and the prohibition of language discrimination, analysis of the practice of their application, identification of effective legal models of the language policy regulation in modern European states. The main problem of finding a balance between the protection of the official state language and the development of the languages of national minorities on the example of the political and legal status of the Russian language in the Eastern European and Baltic post-Soviet states are examined in present comparative legal research.

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