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You're reading: In their ‘Russian world,’ there is no room for Ukrainians

I heard this bitter remark at the end of last year from a Ukrainian resident of the Voronezh region of Russia, during my visit as part of a delegation from the Ukrainian World Coordination Council.

In Voronezh, according to official Russian statistics, a third of the population are ethnic Ukrainians – we, the members of the delegation, were unable to find a single Ukrainian Sunday school, even though the Azeri, the Armenian and the Jewish communities all have their schools there.

A very similar situation exists in Saint-Petersburg, where since 2003there is no longer a Ukrainian school.

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