Twenty years after the Soviet Union’s collapse, Russia retains significant political and economic clout in Central Asia. Culturally speaking, however, Russian influence is slipping at an alarming rate.
The cultural erosion is most noticeable in the language sphere. Each year, more and more citizens in the five Central Asian states – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – are losing touch with Russian. Demographic data indicates that younger generations, especially those living outside the five capitals, can barely speak the language at all.
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Rachel van Horn is an editorial assistant at EurasiaNet.
Central Asia: Russian Language Experiencing Rapid Decline