Popov: No demand for Russian schools in Kyiv

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Aug. 27, 2012, 1:06 p.m. | Kyiv — by Interfax-Ukraine

Supporters of the Ukrainian opposition hold up the Ukrainian national flag during a protest in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, July 30, 2012. Ukrainian lawmakers refused to re-consider a controversial language bill that upgrades the status of the Russian language.
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An issue of increasing the number of Russian schools in Kyiv is not on the agenda of the capital's authorities today, as there are no relevant proposals from Kyiv residents, Head of Kyiv City State Administration Oleksandr Popov has said.

"We did not discuss the issue at the meeting of the city council as we did not have reasons for that. We don't see any active initiatives of Kyiv residents today… If there is a proposal, the authorities react to it. If there are no proposals, how can the authorities respond?" he said at a press briefing following a meeting of Kyiv City State Administration in Kyiv on Monday, Aug. 27.

He stressed that there should be demand for increased number of Russian schools in Kyiv so that the authorities could work on the issue.

"There should be demand and the authorities will do everything to satisfy it. It doesn't matter what language we are speaking about – Russian, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese," Popov said.

He added that some business structures are ready to invest in creation of schools with profound Russian and French languages.

"There is no rush. There are some projects. I've mentioned them – these are French and Russian initiatives," Popov said.

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AL BALA Aug. 27, 2012, 4:09 p.m.    

Popov also said: "I hope that a Russian-language school will appear next year."

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AL BALA Aug. 27, 2012, 4:49 p.m.    

In Kiev, at the request of the Russian-built gymnasium Tabachnik

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AL BALA Aug. 27, 2012, 5:13 p.m.    

Russia is ready to help Ukrainian schools in implementing the "tongue"

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Eugene Al Gagins Sept. 5, 2012, 10:20 a.m.    

In the democratic state each and every person is equally respected and valued. Each person has the same right. Happy future of Ukraine is composed of the happy destiny of each of its citizens. I am not into politics since I firmly believe that all current political parties are not to defend the rights of people of Ukraine but to get power and use it in favor of their own iterests. So, my comments about langauge are not political but cultural. Russian is the native language of millions of Ukrainian citizens. It is our native language, our treasure, pride... When Ukraine can treasure all its native languages then Ukraine becomes truely democratic state respecting, equally repecting the rights of minorities to promote their languages. Russian is the treasure of Ukraine.

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Eugene Al Gagins Sept. 5, 2012, 10:22 a.m.    

My native language is Russian and it belongs to me at the same degree as it belongs to other people whose native language is Russian. I am not less Russian than someone who is Russian from Tiraspol, Minsk or Moscow. But that does not mean that I have similar political views, background, goals... to those of Russian people in Tiraspol, Minsk, or Moscow. I love my country and want to build up prosperous Ukraine. I want to build Ukraine as multi-language and multi-cultural society. My position is different from the position of people who want to have Ukraine where only Ukrainian is official and where eventually all become ethnic Ukrainians speaking Ukrainian. It is my point of view which is as important as the point of other people. My point of view is shared by millions of other citizens of Ukraine whose native language is Russian.

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