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Thursday, 3 September 2015

LNR Schools Will Offer Courses in Ukrainian Language and Literature



Alla Podtynnaya, Director of the Lugansk Grammar School №60 told us that schools in the LNR would offer courses in Ukrainian language and literature, saying, “The new curricula for LNR secondary schools in the current academic year is very complete and comprehensive. One evidence of this is that we offer the chance to study the Ukrainian language and its literature. Recently, the Ukraine has dropped classes in Russian. They just removed it from the curriculum. Instead, they introduced the study of two foreign languages ​​and gave the children a choice, first, for example, English, and the second, if you like, German, French, or Russian. That is, the subject of “Russian language [and literature]”, as such, just doesn’t exist. They only study Russian literature in a fragmentary form. They teach a subject called “world literature” and the highest percentage of it are works of foreign writers. Yes, they’re good writers. However, they’ve cut the number of hours devoted to the works of Russian writers (they try to read all of world literature and study Russian on top of that) drastically. The LNR refuses to follow the lead of the Ukraine. We didn’t shut down a single Ukrainian class in the LNR. No recommended that we do so. Children who want to learn the Ukrainian language have every right to do so. We define this right in all the documents about education in the LNR. Our children will learn Russian and Ukrainian; and Russian, Ukrainian, and world literature. I believe that it’s key to the character formation of decent and educated citizens, which is what our Republic really needs today.

2 September 2015

LITs Lugansk information Centre



The use of “Ukrainian” (the semi-Polonised Galician Creole) is going to die out in the Crimea and the Peoples Republics, but they aren’t going to ban it. That’s asinine and weak… that tells you much about the junta, doesn’t it? Russian is a world language, culture, and literature. “Ukrainian” is NOT, emphatically not. People all over the world know of Pushkin… rightfully so… no Ukrainian writer has even one percent of his dissemination. People all over the world know of Tchaikovsky, Repin, the Bolshoi, Tolstoy, and Dostoyevsky. “Ukrainian” “culture” simply doesn’t simply have the same high sophisticated level that Russian culture has… which is why most “Ukrainians” readily adopted Russian… there’s simply more available and of higher quality. Actually, I think that this present artificial cultural state in the “Ukraine” will collapse. In the end, Russian culture will win, not through force, not through violence, not through state diktat, but through its “soft power”. Little girls will always want to dance at the Bolshoi… there’s nothing of comparable stature in the “Ukraine”. May the present interregnum be short… the peoples living on the territory of the Fascist “Ukrainian” state deserve better.


3 September 2015. No Comment Necessary Department… It was First Bell for EVERY Kid in the Rodina…

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They’re all our kids… or none of ’em are our kids. ‘Nuff said. The Good Lord made ALL of us… NO exceptions…


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

2 September 2015. First Bell in Lugansk…

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It was First Bell in Lugansk yesterday… the Day of Knowledge… the first day of school (traditionally, on 1 September, except if it falls on the weekend). Here is one of the KPU Obkom* members with his wife and two granddaughters. Note that the girl who looks like the respective grandparent stands in front of them. I wonder… do their temperaments match their looks? Do people say, “You can tell that she’s X’s granddaughter… the apple sure didn’t fall far from the tree!” Perspirin’ minds wanna know.

  • Obkom: Oblast Committee of the Communist Party


Tuesday, 1 September 2015

DNR Head of Government A V Zakharchenko Took Part in the Solemn Opening of School №4

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On 1 September, Chairman of the DNR Government A V Zakharchenko visited Donetsk Comprehensive School №4, where he studied himself. He greeted the first-graders and other students on the Day of Knowledge:

I want to greet you, my dear first-graders. You’ve now started a new life. Today is the first day that you sit behind your desks and meet new friends. Today, you became older. I wish that you never meet in your path sorrow nor adversity, may you always smile and be happy. Educators and teachers! Your profession deserves much honour and respect. Thanks to your work, we become decent people.

Also in attendance at the event was head of Kalinin Raion administration Vladimir Mesha and DNR Minister of Education and Science of the DNI Larisa Polyakova. Polyakova said, “Contrary to all those who tried to prevent it, today we begin a new school year in the DNR. I congratulate you on this. Let this new life be full of peaks for you to conquer, let it be full of accomplishments and achievements. Fill the pages of your new life only with new knowledge”.

Following tradition, they rang the First Bell. For the invited guests, the students put on a concert programme… they sang songs and recited poems. A special feature was a “flash-mob”, where students of all grades held doves as symbols of peace, showing that the people of Donetsk don’t want war. Today, the school has 204 students. The principal-headmistress, Emma Lavrush, talked about Chairman Zakharchenko’s school years, “Aleksandr Vladimirovich was a good student. He took part in competitions in geography and history, and he won prizes”.

1 September 2015

DNR Online

Official website DNR Council of Ministers and DNR Peoples Soviet


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