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Ukraine’s 2012 Language Law to Stay Until New Bill Ready – Turchynov

Topic: Turbulence in Ukraine

Ukraine’s acting president Oleksandr Turchynov
23:52 03/03/2014
Tags: bill, Russian language, Oleksandr Turchynov, Ukraine

KIEV, March 3 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine’s acting president Oleksandr Turchynov said Monday that he would not approve the parliament’s decision to repeal the 2012 law allowing more than one official language until there is legislation to replace it.

“Although the [2012] language law was unbalanced, I will not sign into law the parliament’s decision to repeal it until a new bill to protect all languages is passed,” he said.

Ukraine is split between the largely Ukrainian-speaking West and mostly Russian-speaking East, although many speak both or a mixture of the two known as “surzhyk.”

The parliament in Kiev voted last month to repeal the law that allowed regions to adopt more than one language for official purposes if they were spoken by at least 10 percent of the local population. For the Russian language, just under half of Ukrainian regions meet this standard.

The decision to revoke the law drew condemnation from Russia and sparked protests in several Russian-speaking Ukrainian regions.

 

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  • bielecTurchynov is wasting his time
    06:11, 04/03/2014
    If he is lucky enough to remain in office - (his whole "government" is unconstitutional), then he will most likely introduce his language laws to Western Ukraine only - the rest will have a referendum and will form a separate state or join Russia. There will be no Russian speakers left in Western Ukraine.

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