Language bill signed, passed to president for signature

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July 31, 2012, 4:41 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Volodymyr Lytvyn has signed the bill on principles of state language policy and the document has been sent to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych for signature.
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Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn has signed the bill on principles of state language policy that expands the sphere of use of Russian language in the regions.

A posting on the Web site of the Ukrainian parliament reads that the document has been sent to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych for signature.

As reported, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine passed the bill on the principles of state language policy initiated by the Regions Party on July 3. The document significantly expands the sphere of use of Russian and languages of other national minorities in the regions where they are used by at least 10% of population. Members of the Regions Party parliamentary faction Vadym Kolesnichenko and Serhiy Kivalov are the authors of the bill.

The approval of the document by the parliament triggered a number of protests across the country. In particular, a hunger strike and a mass protest were staged near the Ukrainian House in Kyiv following the vote.

Lytvyn refused to sign the document and tendered his resignation, but the Verkhovna Rada rejected it.

The bill will take effect as soon as the president of Ukraine signs it into law. On July 7, Yanukovych instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to consider amendments to the language bill. The president also said that he would make a decision in the bill as soon as experts announce their conclusions on it.

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harley July 31, 2012, 5:39 p.m.    

Did the speaker know, that in reality, the Rada cannot stop him from resigning? What a hypocriticaL little worm he is; if he was sincere in saying the bill had been originally passed improperly, then he needs to really resign, not now sign the bill. I wonder what promises were made to get him to sign it now?

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Roman Dawydiak Aug. 4, 2012, 8:47 a.m.    

It is entirely within the realm of probabilities that a huge payout in instant cash via a Swiss bank account appeared from nowhere. Afterall, Lytvyn is fighting for his political life in Ukrainian speaking Zhytomyr and something for a comfortable retirement would be nice. Perhaps a multi-million Euro chalet in Switzerland with a deck overlooking the Alps. From there he could glorify himself and listen to his echoes of praise since no one else will join him.

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AL BALA July 31, 2012, 7:10 p.m.    

Russification of Ukraine and my family

As in Russian patriot of our country, I speak against the law Kivalov-Kolesnichenko in its current wording, because it is a repetition of Soviet methods.

But the choice at that time was not: not knowing the Russian language, it was impossible to enter the university, and it served as a means of Russification.

In Kiev, my father was faced with the fact that the Ukrainian people felt as though second rate.

So it happened that I was born in Russian-language family.

Year after year, spending school holidays in Chernihiv region, I always heard the Ukrainian language and learned to speak. Important educational role in my life have played the story grandparents about their ancestors. They are always with a special dignity mentioned that both come with liberation Cossacks. Their parents were good masters, lived prosperous, and therefore were dispossessed by the Bolsheviks.

Then came the collapse of the USSR and Ukraine finally became a separate state. My parents, like real intellectuals, many have read during the "perestroika" of historical truth, which opened to discuss it in the kitchen, and we children listened. Therefore, Ukraine's independence we all perceived as being logical and fair.

Taking the example of my parents and the love of gaining knowledge, I finished school with honors. For this reason, and yet that liked to read books, I know equally well as Russian and Ukrainian. As well has both languages ​​and my brother Sergei, who also graduated from the same school with a gold medal. But my other Russian-speaking cousin who barely graduated from high school to three, can neither speak nor write correctly in Ukrainian. However, he and Russian without error can not write (I write this not to insult him, just stating fact). I think the reason why some people cry out in support of "law-Kivalov Kolesnichenko," who do not want to learn Ukrainian, banal: they simply too lazy to learn, they do not respect Ukrainian and Ukraine (about love and I do not say) .

This seems to be increasing propaganda "Russkogo world" of the ROC and false historical articles pro-Russian media. And for example I have the same conscious Russian friends who went to speak in Ukrainian. I know my peers and those who do everything they can to their children grown, unlike themselves, Ukrainian speakers.

As in Russian patriot of Ukraine, I speak against the law Kivalov Kolesnichenko, in its current edition, for this recurrence of the Soviet methods of Russification. If people will not have to know the Ukrainian language to work in state agencies, for admission to university and study, they it never will be taught how to not learn a foreign language, yet they do not need it, because people by nature - lazy.

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IvanovPetrovSidorov July 31, 2012, 7:17 p.m.    

"Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious." (Oscar Wilde)

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Roman Dawydiak Aug. 1, 2012, 4:09 p.m.    

Is this in reference to Vladimir Putin or Dmitry Medvedev?

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Eugene Al Gagins Aug. 1, 2012, 1:10 a.m.    

Very good initiative that protects the right of millions Russian speakers in Ukraine.

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