Starting from the next school year, the first virtual school of Russian language for foreigners will be opened in Russia. The project will operate on the basis of the Pushkin State institute of Russian language in Moscow. In the future, similar centers will appear in other Russian cities as well.
According to the Russian ministry of education and science, over twenty Russian schools have joined the project, and by the end of February there will be over fifty. Each college will undertake its segment of the program.
In the next few months the ministry of education and science plans to start an information campaign, which will tell foreigners about the opportunity to learn Russian in the new center.
In the end of 2012 a new law went into force in Russia, which forces labor migrants who work in housing and public utilities, commercial sector and services to prove their knowledge of basic level of Russian. Starting with this year migrants will be taking a simplified version of the school Unified national exam.