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Estimates: Language law could cost $2 billion

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July 6, 2012, 3:59 p.m. | Ukraine — by Katya Gorchinskaya

A man symbolically places tape over the mouth of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko's monument during a protest against a language bill in the western city of Lviv on July 6, 2012. Ukraine's fractious parliament adjourned for a summer recess despite failing to resolve a crisis over its rushed passing of a controversial bill elevating the status of Russian'. In its final session, the Verkhovna Rada voted not to even consider whether to accept the resignation of speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn who announced he would quit after not being warned the chamber was preparing to pass the bill. AFP PHOTO/ YURIY DYACHYSHYN
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Katya Gorchinskaya

Katya Gorchinskaya has been the Kyiv Post's deputy chief editor since 2009 and is a contributor to The Wall Street Journal and other publications. Follow her on Twitter @kgorchinskaya.

Politics and ethics aside, the numbers around the new controversial language law look like it's going to cost Ukrainians a lot. More than they can afford, in fact, both in direct and indirect costs.
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