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On 7/7/07, Geoff Horswood <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> There was a period shortly after Kazakhstan's
> independence when the government was insisting that
> their country be spelt "Qazaqstan" in the Roman
> alphabet, the transliteration from Kazakh.  Everyone
> ignored them, what with /q/ not being a regular sound
> in English, an d Russian transliteration an
> established tradition, and they eventually had to bow
> to reality.

"Kyyiv" doesn't seem particularly popular in English, either, at least
not in my perception.

Cheers,
-- 
Philip Newton <[log in to unmask]>