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Russian becomes regional language in Kherson

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Aug. 21, 2012 19:06
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An opposition member of the Ukrainian parliament sits next to huge Ukrainian flags decorating the sits of the opposition deputies who left the parliament session to protest against the vote of a highly polarising bill increasing the role of the Russian language in linguistically-divided Ukraine in Kiev on June 5, 2012. The Ukrainian parliament backed a controversial bill making Russian the country's de-facto second national language as several thousand protesters rallied in the city centre.
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 Kherson City Council has declared Russian a regional language at a special sitting on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Some 47 deputies supported this decision and six deputies voted against it, according to the Khersonska Pravda local newspaper.

Oppositionists held a picket outside the building of the city council during the special sitting.

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