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In Krasnodar, city councillors banned business signs in foreign languages

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The Krasnodar City Duma has banned the use of foreign words on business signs in the city. This was reported by the 93.ru publication.

Krasnodar City Duma made the decision to ban foreign-language signs on May 29. City businesses and organizations will now be able to use signs only in the languages of the peoples of Russia. The only exception is made for companies which have registered a foreign name as a trademark.

Authorities have given organizations one year to replace signs. The new rules will take effect on September 1, 2023, with the transitional period until September 2024.

The idea to “translate” English-language signs, was suggested by the mayor of Krasnodar, Yevgeny Naumov, in March. The official called their use “unpatriotic.”

In February 2023, the State Duma passed a bill that has banned using foreign words in official paperwork. According to the law, the ban applies to government institutions, as well as public and private businesses. The only exception was made for those words, which "do not have their commonly used analogues in Russian, and the list of which is contained in regulatory dictionaries.”


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