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  • pwrbarrett@aol.com
    In a message dated 9/1/2000 8:51:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time, nauplion@charm.net writes:
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      In a message dated 9/1/2000 8:51:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
      nauplion@... writes:

      << By The Associated Press

      MOSCOW (AP) -- One of Russia's largest republics marked the
      start of the
      new school year Friday by dropping Cyrillic in favor of the
      Latin alphabet, in
      part because it wants closer ties with Europe.

      Schools in Tatarstan will now use the Latin alphabet for
      written work in the
      local Tatar language, spokeswoman Zukhra Minekhanova said. The

      transition from Cyrillic will take 10 years, she said.

      Tatarstan, located 470 miles east of Moscow, has a population
      of 4 million
      and is better off then most republics because of its
      considerable oil
      deposits. It has been prominent in shirking central control
      from Moscow and
      the adoption of the Latin alphabet will underline the trend.

      President Vladimir Putin has been seeking to restore tight
      central control
      over the republics that make up the Russian federation.

      Minekhanova said the change was necessary because Cyrillic was
      not
      capable of transliterating all the sounds in Tatar and because
      it would make
      European culture more accessible to students.
      >>
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