Deaf people in Russia received a late, but very precious Christmas present when Russian Sign Language was formally recognised by the Russian government on the 30th December.
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, who was re-elected last year, formally signed the long-awaited law that will improve the rights of sign language users.
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The breakthrough came after years of campaigning by the All-Russian Society of the Deaf, including their President Valery Rukhledev. The development led to a very special new year's celebration for Deaf people in the country.
The good news from Russia comes nearly ten years after British Sign Language was recognised by the government in this country - in March 2003.
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