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I do not allow giving a special status to the Russian language in Armenia: Ashot Bleyan

The director of the “Mkhitar Sebastatsi”Educomplex Ashot Bleyan is categorically against giving a special status to the Russian language in Armenia. He said about it in his interview given to the “First Armenian News and Analyses”, adding that people declaring such things, have the complex of inferiority.

“There is a mother tongue, and there are foreign languages, which are classified: there are foreign languages which are taught at universities and schools as supplementary subjects, and there is a compulsory foreign language which is taught at all the schools without any exceptions. There are standards of the language competency, the examination, and there is mastering the Russian language.  Now, if Armenian authorities believe their misfortune to be in their insufficient knowledge of Russian, I do not agree about it. Misfortune is in their heads,” emphasized Ashot Bleyan.          

Clarifying his idea he said the following:“Let them leave alone our mother tongue; our tragedy lies in our inability to form clever ideas in our mother tongue, and not stupid ideas in Russian.

I have heard very few clever ideas in Russian; we need clever ideas in our mother tongue. There mustn’t be such a complex of inferiority; if they are inferior it has no connection with the mother tongue; it is a disrespectful attitude towards our mother tongue.”   
As to Ashot Bleyan, foreign languages, and the Russian language among them, are used at work and in business, but the authority should take care of the mother tongue and its status and think about how to see to it that it is used every day in all the spheres.

“I don’t know English, I have sufficient knowledge in Russian, but I have a feeling of a full value, because I can display my talent with my mother tongue,” Ashot Bleyan said.

In answer to the question what the consequences might be if, in any case, the Russian language were given a special status in Armenia, Ashot Bleyan answered: “We mustn’t allow it; Russian is a foreign language. In our town and village schools enough hours are allocated to teaching Russian. If they are dissatisfied with the effectiveness of teaching Russian, I agree, the methodology is very bad, because they continue teaching the Russian language as a mother tongue; this is the Soviet methodology. The text-books have been changed, but unfortunately the methodology has remained the same. Generally speaking, methods of teaching Science and Mathematics are also bad in our country.

As for giving a special status, our interlocutor emphasized once more, “I do not allow; keep your hands away from the mother tongue!”     

Concerning our observation that that opinion had been expressed in our National Assembly by the chairman of the commission of Eurasian integration and relations with compatriots

of the Russian State Duma, and only after that the Minister of the Education and Science declared that Russian could be given a status of working language, Ashot Bleyan answered, “Let them keep their opinions for themselves, our parliament is the National Assembly of our Republic and it its mission is to solve the public problems.”           

To note, Leonid Slutski, chairman of the commission of Eurasian integration and relations with compatriots of the Russian State Duma, during the meeting with the members of the National Assembly of Armenia on Sunday, declared that Russia intends to raise the status of the Russian language in Armenia. And after that declaration the Minister of ES of RA Armen Ashotyan, being received at Konstantin Kosochov’s author program on the Radio Station “The Voice of Russia” , said that it wouldn’t be bad to take the Customs Union’s experience where the language of all the member countries are considered to be official, that is to say, Russian is to be considered the working language, and Armenian remains the official language of the Republic of Armenia.  

The original Armenian text by Mariam Grigoryan, "First News and Analyses"