Financial Times: Ukraine's parliament gives boost to Russian language

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July 3, 2012, 9:22 p.m. | Ukraine abroad — by Kyiv Post

The Financial Times report points out that Ukraine’s opposition received a boost on July 3 “from the European Court of Human Rights, which ruled that the 2010 pre-trial arrest of Yuriy Lutsenko, former interior minister, was “arbitrary and unlawful.” “Apart from ordering Ukraine to pay Mr Lutsenko €15,000 in damages, the ruling raises opposition hopes that lengthy prison sentences currently being served by their leaders – former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko and her ally Mr Lutsenko – could be overturned through appeals to the Strasbourg court,” the report reads.
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President Viktor Yanukovych's ruling majority in Ukraine's parliament on July 3 “adopted controversial legislation that opponents fear will raise the status of Russian while undermining Ukrainian, the official state language,” Roman Olearchyk writes in a Financial Times report.

According to the report, “opposition politicians rushed to question the legality of the unexpected vote on a day that demonstrated how swiftly the nation has swung back towards political confrontation after a month of relative calm during the co-hosting of the Euro 2012 European football championship.”

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