SOVIET SQUARE in Voronezh no longer looks especially Soviet. Children dart through a dancing fountain. BMX bikers barrel across new tiles. Grassy groves play home to picnicking teens. “It’s practically Spain,” gushes a pensioner.
On June 19, the Russian Duman adopted a bill making education in 34 of Russia’s 35 official languages—every language except Russian—optional, limiting instruction in ethnic-minority languagesto two hours per week