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Writing the names "Russia", "Russian Federation","Moscow", "Moscovia", "Moscow Kingdom", "Russian Empire", "State Duma of the Russian Federation" etc. with a lowercase letter is not a deviation from the norms of the Ukrainian language in texts of an unofficial nature. This is reported by the National Commission on State Language Standards.
“Given the heroic struggle of the Ukrainian people for the Independence of the Ukrainian State, taking into account the appeal on social networks of the Vice-Prime Minister – Minister of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk about writing the name of the aggressor country with a lowercase letter, the National Commission on the standards of the state language at the meeting dated 09/15/2023 (protocol No. 83) discussed this issue and taking into account official letters from the Institute of the Ukrainian Language of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (entry No. 1396/23 of 09/14/2023), the Institute of Linguistics named after O. O Potebny of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (entry No. 1404/23 dated 15.09.2023) reports that the spelling of the names “Russian Federation”, “Russia”, “Moscow”, “Moscow”, “Moscow Kingdom”, “Russian” empire”, “State Duma of the Russian Federation” etc. with a lowercase letter cannot be qualified as a deviation from the norms of the Ukrainian language in texts of an unofficial nature,” the commission said.
On September 8, the Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Oksen Lisovii stated that insists on writing the name of the aggressor state “Russian Federation” in the official documents of his department. with capital letters.
And ordered to correct the name of the aggressor country, if it is written with a small letter in the documents.
"Treason" from the head of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports caused a stir in patriotic circles. Oksen Lisovyi published explanation, where noted that the "spelling "rf" with a capital letter – a mistake, but a requirement of standard design".
Since the beginning of the full-scale war, the mass media and in state structures began to write "Russia", "Russian Federation", "Putin", " “Moscow” with a small letter as a sign of contempt.
Prepared by Serhiy Daga