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The United States called Ukraine’s refusal of Russian literature absurd


Philologists from US universities called Ukraine’s refusal of Russian literature absurd. On Friday, June 24, RBC reports.

According to them, Russian literature is no more difficult to understand than any other classic. American teachers advised those who cannot understand it to work on replenishing their vocabulary.

Konstantin Muravnik, senior lecturer at the Department of Slavic Languages ​​and Literature at Yale University, noted that Russian literature is much smaller in volume than French, English or Spanish classics due to a relatively short period of existence: from the end of the 18th century to the present day.

He stressed that many works of Russian writers have been translated into almost all languages ​​of the world. Despite the fact that the majority of students of foreign universities are not native Russian speakers, they successfully study Russian literature.

Muravnik also wondered how Ukrainian youth can cope with Flaubert, Milton or Cervantes if Tolstoy and Dostoevsky are beyond their power. He suggested that Ukrainian schoolchildren do not meet world standards, since even American students study Russian, and many of them manage to read the works of the classics in the original.

Earlier, on June 22, the director of the regional department of education and science, Alexander Lonchak, said that from August 1, Russian language and literature would no longer be taught in the Odessa region.

At the same time, in Odessa itself, the decision regarding the teaching of the Russian language remains with the head of the city, Gennady Trukhanov, who was previously worried about the growth of hatred for everything Russian.

Prior to that, on June 20, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Andriy Vitrenko proposed to exclude Russian literature from the school curriculum. He substantiated the need for this by the “heaviness” of the works for understanding by Ukrainians. Even earlier, on June 7, Vitrenko announced the exclusion from the school curriculum of the novel “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy. He noted that this work sings of the Russian troops.

On June 19, the Verkhovna Rada imposed restrictions on Russian literature. The Parliament banned the import and distribution of books and other publishing products from Russia, the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, Belarus, as well as from Russian-controlled territories of Ukraine.


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