Social Democrats courting the Russian vote (3)

Social Democratic leaders Sven Mikser (far left) and Indrek Saar (far right) Photo: Postimees/Scanpix
1/5/2015 12:01 PM
Category: Politics

The Social Democrats have sent out questionnaires only in Russian, asking the Russian-speaking demographic for their opinion on sensitive topics such as Russian-language education and citizenship.

“Understandably we are also asking people about topics they are interested in. The future of Russian-language education and citizenship policy are certainly important among the Russian-speaking demographic,” SDE Secretary General Indrek Saar told Eesti Päevaleht.

“We have already received feedback and the above named topics will feature in the SDE election program as concrete promises,” he said.

Olga Sõtnik, who recently quit the Center Party and will run under the Social Democrats at the March 1 elections, said the process of receiving Estonian citizenship should be made easier, by giving citizenship to those who pass the end of high school Estonian-language and civics exams.

The Russian-speaking electorate have heavily backed the Center Party in the past years, with only the Social Democrats making gains. IRL scored a flat 0 among Russian-speakers in a election poll a few months ago with the Reform Party not faring much better.

J.M. Laats

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