It would be advisable to include the study of the basics of the Church Slavonic language in the school curriculum in Russia, said the press secretary of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, priest Alexander Volkov. “It would be nice to study at school, at least, the basics of the Church Slavonic language - just for the general cultural level. Even if a person never crosses the threshold of a temple in his life, it is still such an important component. This is important even from the point of view of the general cultural, intellectual development of a young person,”said Mr. Volkov on the air of the Vesti FM radio station (quoted by RIA Novosti).
Russian presidential aide Andrei Fursenko believes that the Church Slavonic language is unlikely to become a compulsory subject in Russian schools. “In terms of a compulsory subject, I think it’s unlikely, given the tightness of our schedule, I don’t think this is possible,” he said. At the same time, Mr. Fursenko admitted that "if some school wants to study this, then, probably, it is not necessary to interfere with them."
Earlier, the rector of Belgorod State University, Oleg Polukhin, said that it was necessary to introduce compulsory study of the Church Slavonic language into the school curriculum. According to Mr. Polukhin, this can help "the ideological and moral strengthening of society." He praised the Orthodox gymnasiums in Belgorod, where Church Slavonic is taught to children. “I myself regret that I was deprived of the opportunity to speak the language spoken by our ancestors. Maybe we should come up with such an initiative, and this could become the choice of the majority of Belgorod residents and our fellow citizens throughout the country, "Kommersant-Chernozemye quotes him as saying.
Earlier, the statement of the Minister of Culture of Russia Vladimir Medinsky that the Russian and Church Slavonic languages "were practically the same" was repeatedly criticized by some historians. He repeated it on June 9 at a scientific conference dedicated to the diplomat Sigismund Herberstein - it was his works that the minister analyzed in his dissertation, which sparked accusations of unscientific nature. In an interview with Kommersant, Mr. Medinsky said that he does not yet know whether his working schedule will allow him to attend a meeting of the dissertation council on the history of Belgorod State University, where they plan to consider claims to his scientific work.