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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tatars Ditch Cyrillic

KIEV () -- In a step toward shedding the painful legacy of the Soviet era, Crimean Tatars have won passage of legislation changing the official alphabet of their language from Cyrillic to Latin.

Parliament on Ukraine's Crimean peninsula approved a resolution Wednesday calling for the Turkic language of a quarter-million Crimean Tatars to be written with Latin letters rather than Russian-style ones.

The gradual shift is not slated to be complete until September 2002, but the decision marks a move away from a chief symbol of the suffering and humiliation at the hands of the Soviet Union.