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Yefremov: New language law could be adopted after parliamentary elections

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Sept. 3, 2012, 6:16 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

The leader of the Regions Party faction in the Verkhovna Rada, Oleksandr Yefremov, has said that the new Ukrainian parliament could adopt a new language law to replace the current one.
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The leader of the Regions Party faction in the Verkhovna Rada, Oleksandr Yefremov, has said that the new Ukrainian parliament could adopt a new language law to replace the current one.

When asked whether the new parliament will cancel the adopted language law, he said: "As for its cancellation, you don't have to be clever to cancel something. You have to be cleverer to create something."

"If the next parliament is able to offer something more intelligent and constructive to solve the language problem, I think that MPs will react positively to this. If not, then all these are pre-election promises, PR campaigns and nothing more," he added.

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Roman Dawydiak Sept. 4, 2012, 10:28 a.m.    

If the upcoming election is won by the Opposition, Yefremov's speculation on changes to the POR inspired language legislation will become a definite reality. The only problem for the Great Russian chauvinists and their little russian allies will be that it will turn out to be a reversal of their current attempt at russification of Ukraine. Meow, meow and cluck cluck!!

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Eugene Al Gagins Sept. 4, 2012, 8:18 p.m.    

In the democratic state each and every person is equally respected and valued. Each person has the same right. Happy future of Ukraine is composed of the happy destiny of each of its citizens. I am not into politics since I firmly believe that all current political parties are not to defend the rights of people of Ukraine but to get power and use it in favor of their own iterests. So, my comments about langauge are not political but cultural. Russian is the native language of millions of Ukrainian citizens. It is our native language, our treasure, pride... When Ukraine can treasure all its native languages then Ukraine becomes truely democratic state respecting, equally repecting the rights of minorities to promote their languages. Russian is the treasure of Ukraine.

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Eugene Al Gagins Sept. 4, 2012, 8:26 p.m.    

My native language is Russian and it belongs to me at the same degree as it belongs to other people whose native language is Russian. I am not less Russian than someone who is Russian from Tiraspol, Minsk or Moscow. But that does not mean that I have similar political views, background, goals... as those of Russian people in Tiraspol, Minsk, or Moscow. I love my country and want to build up prosperous Ukraine. I want to build Ukraine as multi-language and multi-cultural society. My position is different from the position of people who want to have Ukraine where only Ukrainian is official and where eventually all become ethnic Ukrainians speaking Ukrainian. It is my point of view which is as important as the point of other people. My point of view is shared by millions of other citizens of Ukraine whose native language is Russian.

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stepankom Sept. 5, 2012, 2:35 p.m.    

The current language situation is, in many respects, a reflection of the genocide from the 20s onwards which resulted in the expansion of Russian and temporarily halted the normal development of a Ukrainian state which would have been overwhelmingly Ukrainophone. However painful it may be for Russian speakers to acknowledge this, loyalty to Ukraine requires support for the Ukrainian language and the current language law is a cultural trojan horse. No one, incidentally, seriously perceived that Russian was under threat prior to the law and if anyone wants to take issue with me and suggest that it lacked status prior to the law then I challenge them to quote the clauses in the constitution and the relative figures for language prevalence in the media when doing so. If they defend the law then they can also explain why it can be considered legally adoptedx when only 174 deputies who voted for it were present in the hall.

The "law" was a catastrophic blunder from a failed administration seeking to consolidate its support among chauvinists and people who don't realise that Ukraine is Ukrainian culture in large degree.

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