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Svoboda leader: 'Lytvyn sold out his native language'

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Aug. 1, 2012, 2:28 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Svoboda Party leader Oleh Tiahnybok
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Svoboda Party leader Oleh Tiahnybok has said that by signing the law on the principles of state language policy, Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn has legitimized the occupation regime in Ukraine, the party's press service reported on Tuesday.

"By signing the language law of Ukrainophobs [Vadym] Kolesnichenko and [Serhiy] Kivalov, Speaker Lytvyn has legitimized the occupation regime in Ukraine. He consecrated the gangster methods of making decisions in parliament. The constitution and laws are no longer working, and it's not necessary to observe any laws or procedures," he said.

Tiahnybok said that "the illusions of some citizens about honest people being in power have completely dissipated."

"Lytvyn, … has sold his parents, the language of his grandparents and the future of his compatriots… There will be no positive changes in the country without lustration and without a radical cleaning of power," he said.

The party's press service said the behavior of the government and its methods of destroying all Ukrainian values suggested that this autumn, instead of elections in Ukraine, there would be a "war for Ukraine and for the preservation of national dignity, traditions, and ultimately, Ukrainian identity."

As reported, Lytvyn signed the bill on the principles of the state language policy on July 31. The document has been sent to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych for signature.

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