At LiveJournal there’s a bold new blog called Пĕртанлăх ‘Equality’ consisting of photographs of signage in Chuvashia, which aims to show just how little the Chuvash language is visible in public spaces in spite of its recognition as an official language of the republic. Take, for example, the following photograph of a rubbish bin. The irony is that the park bench next to it has a Chuvash folk motif, showing some kind of ethnic consciousness, but both sides of the bin have
For a clean city written only in Russian:
This post compares a Cheboksary advertisement for 2014 as the Russian Federation Year of Culture, written only in Russian, with an analogous advertisement in Kazan’ which has a Tatar translation as well.
Not all of the photographs are dismal, though. There are a number of photographs of local businesses putting Chuvash words on their signage as at least ethnographic colour. I was extremely surprised to see that the Russian-wide bank Sberbank translated their timetable into Chuvash.