Multinational Russia is now in Parma

Multinational Russia is now in Parma

On November 4, Antonio Carluccio, lecturer at the Department of Russian Language and Teaching Methods, gave a lecture at the University of Parma (Italy) on the multinational nature of the Russian Federation and the role of the Russian language in the former Soviet Republics.

The lecture is included in a series of Master’s courses in International Economics and Inter-Ethnic Cooperation. This program is conducted entirely in English, and this year attracted students not only from Italy, but from 18 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Antonio Carluccio explained to the foreign students that the territory of the Russian Federation unites many peoples of different cultures, religions and languages. Russia’s multinationality is reflected in the status of the languages of the Republics that make up the country. The Federal subjects of the Russia can establish their own state languages. The RUDN lecturer cited the example of the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, where Russian, Abaza, Karachay, Nogai and Cherkess have the status of the state language. Most people in Russia speak Russian, but there are dialects widespread throughout the country in which Russian words are either intertwined with the national language or pronounced in a special way.

“Unfortunately, not everyone knows that Russia is a multinational country. People in European countries, including Italians, have somewhat stereotypical ideas about Russia and its inhabitants.” — notes Antonio Carluccio.

The RUDN lecturer emphasized in his report that the Russian language acts as a unifying factor not only among the peoples of Russia, but also among the peoples of the former Soviet Republics. In Belarus, for example, Russian has the status of the state language, while in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan it is the co-official language. In addition, Russian language has a high economic importance: it is the predominant language of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the working language of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Antonio Carluccio was invited by Professor Giancarlo Anello, author of a course on the Law, Economy, and Culture of the world’s most influential countries at the University of Parma.

General information:

University of Parma (ital. Università di Parma) was established in 1601. However, there are sources that confirm the existence of a Higher school of Legal Sciences since 962. The University of Parma, together with the University of Bologna, is considered one of the first Higher Education Institutions in Europe.

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