Russian party wants fines on use of foreign words

The ultranationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) has submitted a bill imposing fines of up to 50,000 rubles (about $1,700) on officials for using American and British “loan-words” that have Russian equivalents.

The State Duma press service said the bill seeks to amend the Law on the State Language of the Russian Federation and the Code of Administrative Offenses.

LDPR lawmakers said the use of American and British words, such as “diler” (dealer), “menedzher” (manager), “singl” (single), “seishn” (session), “butik” (boutique) and others should be penalised with fines of 2,000 to 2,500 rubles for individuals, 4,000 to 5,000 rubles for officials and 40,000 to 50,000 rubles for corporate entities.

In the document accompanying the proposed law, the lawmakers argued that there is no other effective way of combating the widespread use of such words, which is detrimental to the Russian language, on TV, in parliament and in the business sphere.

Many Russian organisations unnecessarily include foreign words and expressions into their titles, the party said.

The language law should regulate all use of Russian, including not just by the government and the administration, but also in advertising and in the media.

At present, the law does not stipulate any penalties for “linguistic offences”, they said.

–IANS/RIA Novosti


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