№ 4, 2015
The article discusses the role of the Russian language in the Central Asia – the region of the former Soviet Union. Carefully analyzing the use of the Russian language as a means of everyday communication and lingua franca, its popularity in the fields of culture, science and media, the accessibility and prestige of the Russian-language education, D.Letnyakov shows that, despite the policy of “nationalization” of the language sphere that is in one way or another conducted by all states in the region, the Russian language still plays an important role in the Central Asian societies. At the same time, according to his opinion, the current state of the Russian language and the Russian culture is largely the inertia of the Soviet period, the effect of which will gradually fade, and if Russia fails to develop and implement a clear strategy of “soft power”, it will soon lose its benefits in the Central Asia, and the latter will be really lost for Russia.
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