Russian becomes regional language in Kherson

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Aug. 21, 2012, 7:06 p.m. | Ukraine | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

An opposition member of the Ukrainian parliament sits next to huge Ukrainian flags decorating the sits of the opposition deputies who left the parliament session to protest against the vote of a highly polarising bill increasing the role of the Russian language in linguistically-divided Ukraine in Kiev on June 5, 2012. The Ukrainian parliament backed a controversial bill making Russian the country's de-facto second national language as several thousand protesters rallied in the city centre.


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 Kherson City Council has declared Russian a regional language at a special sitting on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Some 47 deputies supported this decision and six deputies voted against it, according to the Khersonska Pravda local newspaper.

Oppositionists held a picket outside the building of the city council during the special sitting.

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