In an interview to ICTV, the deputy reminded that the language law was passed because his party always promised their constituents to make Russian the second official language.

"We set a goal of making Russian the official language. There were no secrets. We were running with this program in the last elections. In the program we have now we prolonged these intentions. And we are going in this direction step-by-step. If we had the opportunity to resolve the problem on the regional level in complete accordance with the Constitution - we did it. An we did not bend anybody at that", stressed Efremov.

Efremov informed that he has been dealing with the language matter for several years. And after the first bill was proposed and received negative feedback in world institutions he adviced his colleagues to work on it.

"I asked my colleagues to consider all remarks, coordinate with world institutions, including the Venice Commission, and then put it to vote. There are 50 positive findings of various expert institutions that provided corresponding written conclusions (regarding the language bill). Was it a problem for anyone? No. We resolved the matter, voted on it and then there were shouts and complaints", says the deputy.

"And now they say: let's quickly - in one month before the elections - vote for some other law that provides something no one can even say what it is. Do you seriously think that the matter can be resolved in a month before the elections? It is absolutely unacceptable even for beginning politicians. And of course, the people who seriously deal with this clearly understand that you cannot do it like this", emphasized the Regions deputy.