Ukrainians, Belarusians may be declared native speakers of Russian without exam - bill
MOSCOW, October 22 (RAPSI) – Russia’s Cabinet of Ministers has submitted a bill envisages recognition of Ukrainian and Belarusian nationals fluent in Russian language as native speakers without interview passing to the State Duma, according to a statement of the lower house of parliament.
Amendments are proposed to the Law Concerning Russian Citizenship.
The bill stipulates that a commission may recognize citizens of Belarus and Ukraine speaking Russian fluently may as native speakers automatically if they personally filed a corresponding application and if there being cause.
The draft law also authorizes the Russian Interior Ministry to conform with the Ministry of Education “consensus criteria for declaring foreigners or persons without citizenship native speakers of Russian language, a plan of development, use and keeping of tests for a language exam,” the statement reads.