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RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty: Ukrainian police block Russian-language protesters

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Aug. 20, 2012, 5:01 p.m. | Ukraine abroad — by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Police in Ukraine have prevented an attempt by protesters to storm the city council building in the eastern city of Kharkiv to prevent lawmakers there from voting to approve the Russian language as an official regional language.
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Police in Ukraine have prevented an attempt by protesters to storm the city council building in the eastern city of Kharkiv to prevent lawmakers there from voting to approve the Russian language as an official regional language.

Hundreds of protesters chanting "Shame!" and "No to Russification!" were blocked from entering the building.

The Kharkiv City Council voted to implement the new law on state-language policy.

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Eugene Al Gagins Sept. 5, 2012, 1:31 p.m.    

Russification? Russian is spoken by smaller percentage of people in Karkov now (2012) then when I sent to school in Kharkov (1989-1992). Moreover, the proper Russian (proper grammar and reach vocabulary) is also evading since Russian speakers do not have the right access to proper schooling/education in Russian language. People speak native language at home but study in the school in Ukrainian and the result is poor langauge facility (written language, language richness)...

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Eugene Al Gagins Sept. 5, 2012, 1:32 p.m.    

Russification? Russian is spoken by smaller percentage of people in Karkov now (2012) then when I went to school in Kharkov (1989-1992). Moreover, the proper Russian (proper grammar and rich vocabulary) is also evading since Russian speakers do not have the right access to proper schooling/education in Russian language. People speak native language at home but study in the school in Ukrainian and the result is poor langauge facility (written language, language richness)...

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