Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said that the Russian-speaking population in Ukraine and some other former Soviet republics is subjected to oppression. She said that Russia will not " look at this quietly ", reports "RIA Novosti".
"The Russian people, Russian culture has become an object of oppression and persecution. One can bring a lot of examples of infringement of lawful interests of the Russian people abroad in the field of language, culture and education. We know what's going on in this area in Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, in a number of other states, "- said Matviyenko.
She noted that Russia "as supported earlier, will support in future its compatriots abroad."
According to the Federation Council speaker, Russian compatriots outside Russia "should be able to maintain ties with their historical homeland, to study Russian language and culture and feel themselves Russian people."