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Putin against active use of foreign terminology

November 07, 2013, 18:37 UTC+3

President believes that it is a sign of professional weakness

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NOVO OGAREVO, November 7 (Itar-Tass) - President Vladimir Putin is against the active use of foreign terminology in Russia, which he thinks is a sign of professional weakness.

“The excessive use of foreign terms reminds me in part of excessive advertising in foreign languages. Those who use foreign terms excessively apparently think that this automatically puts them in a higher and more civilised caste, which should lend importance to them and more weight to their ideas and statements,” Putin said at a meeting with the heads of constitution and law departments of Russian universities on Thursday, November 7.

He believes that “this [excessive use of foreign terms] actually means only one thing that one is not confident and capable, professionally as a minimum.”

Putin’s statement followed remarks by Zhanna Ovsepyan, head of the department of state law of Southern Federal University, who had complained about the increasingly growing use of foreign terms in Russia lately, such as “senate,” “senator,” and “impeachment.”

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