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Tatarstan Drops Cyrillic Alphabet

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  • SabirzyanB@aol.com
    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
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      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.

      AP-NY-09-01-00 0824EDT
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