Rallies in defence of Russian schools are being held in Estonia today. The meetings in Tallinn and Narva have been called by the Russian School of Estonia association.
The participants are protesting against the authorities’ decision to make Russian schools teach in Estonian.
This is in breach of the European Convention for the Protection of National Minority Rights, which authorizes the use of one’s native language, along with the official language, in compact settlement areas.
Russian-speakers account for some 25% of Estonia’s population. Most of them have been denied Estonian citizenship, are subjected to unfair labour practices and discriminated against in the social sphere.