Court confirms unlawfulness of ruling on use of Russian as regional language in Donetsk region

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Aug. 18, 2010, 12:01 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
The ruling by Donetsk regional council of May 18, 2006 on the creation of conditions for the development of Russian language has been declared illegal, head of Donetsk regional organization of the Congress of Ukrainian Nationalists, deputy leader of the Prosvita all-Ukrainian association Maria Oliynyk has said. Oliynyk told Interfax-Ukraine that Donetsk Administrative Court of Appeals on July 16, 2010 left in effect the ruling by Voroshylivsky district court on the recognition as illegal of clauses one and two of the above motioned ruling by Donetsk regional council.

Clause one of the ruling envisages that "the Russian language is a regional language on the territory of Donetsk region in line with the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages."

Clause two of the ruling establishes that "on the territory of Donetsk region the Russian language can be used as the language of work, business correspondence, documentation and in the relations of population, state, public agencies, enterprises, establishments and organizations, as well as education, science and culture along with the national language, Ukrainian."

Oliynyk also sent a letter to Head of Donetsk Regional State Administration Anatoliy Blyzniuk. In the letter Oliynyk noted that following the appointment of Blyzniuk the head of administration the press service of the administration "started using only a non-national language in its reports, the national language of a neighboring state."

"I am calling for urgent halt of violations of the Constitution of Ukraine and providing information, as earlier, in the Ukrainian language or in two languages," reads a report, the text of which was sent to Interfax-Ukraine.
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Anonymous Aug. 18, 2010, 4:27 p.m.    

ukranianlanguage in schools government bussiness only. ather languages can be used at home private gatherings and street gatherings

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Anonymous Aug. 18, 2010, 8:49 p.m.    

Private freedom does mean freedom of choice...

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Anonymous Aug. 18, 2010, 7:46 p.m.    

A pleasant surprise indeed... perhaps all is not lost re: Ukraine's judicial system... We'll see.

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Anonymous Aug. 18, 2010, 8:13 p.m.    

Learn Ukrainian please!!! It is a richer, and far more beautiful language than Russsian. In the diaspora, when Russians hear us speak... they are full of wonder at the lyrical nature of our tongue, and immediately recognise the ancient roots of their own pedestrian tongue... they see the poetic value of Ukrainian... When they hear the Liturgy sung in Ukrainian, (a better fit than Russian) ... they are amazed.

Ukrainians... be proud of your mother tongue... preserve and def

end it with all your might... it is beautiful and majestic.

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Anonymous Aug. 18, 2010, 10:43 p.m.    

How far more beautiful?

A few kilometers more beautiful...

Or simply the space between your own ears more beautiful?

De gustibus non disputandum.

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Anonymous Aug. 19, 2010, 12:20 a.m.    

I will confine my comments to linguistics nd not nationalism for the sake of crooked nose above...

Spoken Ukrainian has a less harsh sound thn spoken Russian... this is because Ukrainian uses a broader variety of letters in its alphabet to construct words... g and h being one example of this. But also, spoken Ukrainian does not change the pronunciation of key vowels like o, into a as Russians do.

In addition to this, Ukrainian often dispenses with superflous suffixes eg: voskres rather than voskrese... making for a more succinct expression verbally.

Russian vocabulary is also limited compared to Ukrainian. Russians employ many archaic forms of nouns - like kistka (bone) for pen, and many central asian forms like karandash (pencil). Ukrainian does not employ archaic, or central asian forms so much. It relies more upon modernisations, often based upon greek, french, latin, or even english... this provides a broader vocab to choose from.

I could continue for the benefit of our crooked nosed little friend, but I doubt he is interested in linguistics so much as nationalism - Russian nationalism that is...

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Anonymous Aug. 20, 2010, 12:38 a.m.    

I take it that the comments you set out to make on linguistics are coming in some later installment — but thank you for the window onto your personal taste.

I've sought out the elusive &quot;harshness scale&quot;, the even rarer &quot;euphonymeter&quot;, and the all but unheard-of &quot;verbal expression succinct-o-tron&quot; among linguist colleagues — who assure me that one or two of these (but definitely not all three) Edgar Glaesser models MAY be tucked somewhere in the back of the warehouse by the phrenology display.

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Anonymous Aug. 18, 2010, 8:16 p.m.    

&gt;&gt; 1895 Ban {BY THE KREMLIN} on children’s books in Ukrainian.

Read more:

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Anonymous Aug. 19, 2010, 7:31 a.m.    

In honor of Ukraine’s Independence day, Russians sing the Ukrainian anthem in the Russian language. :)

Captions in Ukrainian. :)

Гімн України російською мовою;feature=player_embedded

Read more:

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Anonymous Aug. 19, 2010, 11:25 a.m.    

the magnificent 13 commentators

sickness comes sooner or later

except for

the guys below

mental deteriation has excelerated SIGNIFICANTLY

god's punishment, i suppose.

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