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Jan. 7, 2012, 10:22 a.m. | Op-ed — by Alexander J. Motyl

Alexander J. Motyl

Alexander J. Motyl is professor of political science at Rutgers University-Newark, as well as a writer and painter. He served as associate director of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University from 1992 to 1998. A specialist on Ukraine, Russia, and the USSR, and on nationalism, revolutions, empires, and theory, he is the author of Pidsumky imperii; Puti imperii; Imperial Ends: The Decay, Collapse, and Revival of Empires; Revolutions, Nations, Empires: Conceptual Limits and Theoretical Possibilities; Dilemmas of Independence: Ukraine after Totalitarianism; Sovietology, Rationality, Nationality: Coming to Grips with Nationalism in the USSR; Will the Non‑Russians Rebel? State, Ethnicity, and Stability in the USSR; The Turn to the Right: The Ideological Origins and Development of Ukrainian Nationalism, 1919–1929; and the editor of more than ten volumes, including The Encyclopedia of Nationalism. Motyl’s novels include Whiskey Priest; Who Killed Andrei Warhol; Flippancy; The Jew Who Was Ukrainian; and a work in progress, My Orchidia. His poems have appeared in Counterexample Poetics, Istanbul Literary Review, and New York Quarterly (forthcoming). He has done performances of his fiction at the Cornelia Street Café, the Bowery Poetry Club, and the Ukrainian Museum in New York. Motyl’s artwork has been shown in solo and group shows in New York, Philadelphia, and Toronto; his art is represented by The Tori Collection.

The Ukrainian language is back in the news. The Venice Commission, the Council of Europe’s advisory body on constitutional matters, recently ruled on the Regionnaire-proposed draft law, On Principles of the State Language Policy of Ukraine: “the question remains whether … there are sufficient guarantees … for the consolidation of the Ukrainian language as the sole State language, and of the role it has to play in the Ukrainian multilinguistic society” (article 66).

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Anonymous Jan. 7, 2012, 1:14 p.m.    

Why does there need to be one state language. Is Ukraine to follow in the footsteps of England, where local languages were prohibited and banned. This is the sought of policy that Yushchenko tried to impose on Ukraine. A policies of dictatorship. Policies demanding that all films be dubbed into Ukrainian, even when the quality of the dub was very poor. (Nothing worst then hearing the original language in ten background and another heard over it.

Yes teach Ukrainian in the schools and ensure that its use is not discriminated against, BUT also allow other languages, cultures and beliefs to flourish. It is the diversity of culture that makes Ukraine.

what about the Hungarians, Polish, Tartas, Hutzels and Russians. They all have a right to coexist. It is in Ukraine's best interests to promote multiple languages.

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Anonymous Jan. 7, 2012, 11:23 p.m.    

They do flourish they are not banned or ignored as they are in Russia ,the state language in Russia is Russian minority languages such as Ukrainian,Georgian are totally ignored in Russia-Russian minority have more language rights in Ukraine than Ukrainians in Russia and this is a fact ...Comrad Tabachnyk

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Anonymous Jan. 7, 2012, 4:23 p.m.    

I am not sure you understand the situation in Ukraine, or the point of the article. People in support of the Ukrainian language are not against use of the Russian language, they are against the effort by the POR to stamp out the Ukrainian language. A further russification of Ukraine.

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Anonymous Jan. 7, 2012, 3:39 p.m.    

Good comment pollygot.

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Anonymous Jan. 10, 2012, 8:56 p.m.    

Sarkozy's interior minister added that he wants thousands more expelled this year, along with fewer foreigners legally living in France. Anyone who wants to stay, he added, must shed the traditions that contradict French values.

Read more:

http://www.kyivpost.com/news/world/detail/120276/#ixzz1j5CBT0y1

PS Hutzels are Ukrainian.

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Anonymous Jan. 7, 2012, 1:19 p.m.    

The Venice Commission has had the occasion to examine a previous draft law pertaining to the protection of languages in Ukraine, the “Draft Law on Languages in Ukraine”. This draft was dealt with by the Commission in the Opinion adopted at is 86th Plenary Session (CDL-AD (2011)008).

In its Opinion, the Venice Commission found that the draft was unbalanced, as its provisions were disproportionately strengthening the position of the Russian language, without taking appropriate measures to confirm the role of Ukrainian as the state language, and without duly ensuring protection of other regional and minority languages. The Commission moreover drew attention to some restrictions to the individual freedom to use the language of one’s vchoice in private and social life.

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As in its previous Opinion, the Venice Commission “wishes to underline from the outset that the use and the protection of languages has been and remains a complex and highly sensitive issue in Ukraine, which has repeatedly become one of the main issues in different election campaigns and continues to be subject of debate - and sometimes to raise tensions - within the Ukrainian society”. The Commission further notes that “[T]he balance between regional and/or minority language protection and the protection of Ukrainian as the state language, including the specific situation of the Russian language, continues to be a serious challenge for the authorities of Ukraine

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Anonymous Jan. 7, 2012, 1:23 p.m.    

What is amusing is that the assessment of the Venice commission is based on an English version of the law provided by the Ukrainian Authorities. Maybe English should become an official language.

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Anonymous Jan. 7, 2012, 5:19 p.m.    

What is even more amusing is people in Ukraine who butcher the English language - which includes hosts of political TV shows like Kiselyev and Shuster - but they won't speak Ukrainian.

Well, Shuster tries it sometimes.

спасибо жителям Донбаасссаааааа......

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Anonymous Jan. 7, 2012, 8:51 p.m.    

Venice Commission doesn't understand Russification is needed to restore unity and social harmony.While Ukrainian should be legal Russian is needed for work of gov't and the economy.Russian was the official language in Ukraine during both tsarist and soviet periods so naturally it should be language of Ukraine today.

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Anonymous Jan. 7, 2012, 9:11 p.m.    

Russian should be banned in the Ukrainian government. Although Russian is based on Ukrainian, it is a second rate language. English should be taught in Ukraine - the real world business language.

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Anonymous Jan. 7, 2012, 10 p.m.    

Add German to the list. It is still widely spoken/understood in Eastern Europe, and Germany is the most important and strongest economic power in Europe. So for business purposes at least it is extremely important.

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Anonymous Jan. 7, 2012, 11:40 p.m.    

German would go well with the love of all things Nazi in Western Ukraine - Bandera, UPA, SS Galitsia, Svoboda, etc.

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Anonymous Jan. 8, 2012, 12:51 a.m.    

Russian is the language of the Holodomor murderers.

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Anonymous Jan. 8, 2012, 6:31 a.m.    

Be progressive, make the second language English.

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Anonymous Jan. 7, 2012, 6:23 p.m.    

Why would anyone want to speak Russian? It's so crude and vulgar. It's the Klingon of Slavic languages, only spoken by barbarians from the North. Ukrainian is 10 times better.

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Anonymous Jan. 7, 2012, 7 p.m.    

Підкажіть, будь ласка, де Донбас Арена?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Er-XU-zf5_A&amp;feature=watch_response

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Anonymous Jan. 7, 2012, 10:27 p.m.    

Russian language is not a BEAUTY LANGUAGE.

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Anonymous Jan. 8, 2012, 12:18 a.m.    

Ukrainian language is not a CITY LANGUAGE.

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Anonymous Jan. 7, 2012, 11:18 p.m.    

Shame on all of you! There is absolutely no reason why Ukrainian is not the language of business but purely laziness and greed. If it is possible to conduct business in Russian then it can be just as easy to conduct business in Ukrainian. Just because this was not done in Czarist times and Soviet times does not mean it cannot be changed. Come on you lazy people. Urainian is a beautiful language and I wince when I hear people mix Russian or English in when we have a proper Ukrainian word meaning the same thing. This is sloppy linguistics and it shows a lack of education and refinement. Not to mention patriotism.

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Anonymous Jan. 8, 2012, 12:52 a.m.    

It is said that Ukrainian is the language of country bumpkins from the destitute Western Ukrainian farmers

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Anonymous Jan. 10, 2012, 1:36 a.m.    

I was amazed when I found out that during Yaroslav Mudry’s rule there was a girls’ school in Kyiv!

Later, during the Middle Ages the Syrian monk Paul Allepo wrote after visiting our country that in Ukraine even children and elderly people can write whereas in Europe it was the privilege of priests only.

The first books were printed here in the 15th century. The first tram in the Russian Empire was launched in Kyiv in 1892! The first illuminated street in the Russian Empire was Khreshchatyk! Who knows about this in Europe?

http://www.day.kiev.ua/215211

Read more:

http://www.kyivpost.com/news/opinion/op_ed/detail/109063/50/page/1/#comments#ixzz1ikCmMozz

Read more:

http://www.kyivpost.com/news/opinion/op_ed/detail/119768/50/page/1/#comments#ixzz1j0UzJ1RB

PS 500 years ago, the preferred language of the boyars in Moscow was Tatar.

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Anonymous Jan. 8, 2012, 8:59 a.m.    

Hopefully the opposition has LEARNED how to implement the laws of the nation from the their PoR teachers. I pray that the opposition will apply laws to PoR and apply them WELL in their turn. Ukraine should hire Latvians, Estonians, Lithuanians to implement and enforce the national language laws- unemployment and jail for those extremists that do not abide.

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Anonymous Jan. 8, 2012, 7:10 p.m.    

The only two languages that should predominate on Ukrainian soil are Ukrainian and English.

Everything else is a sideshow.

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AL BALA Jan. 22, 2012, 8:13 p.m.    

The Ukrainian nation was killed, yet not to the last, devastated, yet not totally crushed. They took away Ukrainians’ land, their language, history, freedom, life itself.

They rooted out the Ukrainian intelligentsia, the Ukrainian elite, imprisoning and executing them. They destroyed the flower of the Ukrainian nation, the Ukrainian grain farmers.

They were exiled to Siberia, starved to death. It was an act of genocide. Those who today dare to deny that Holodomor 1932-1933 was an act of genocide against the Ukrainian nation neither fear God, nor know Him. They know and fear only thugs and killers. . They’re lackeys. “Slaves, sycophants, Moscow’s dirt”.

They’re not Ukrainians, but Ukrainian devilish parodies. Progeny of people killers. With those who deny that Holodomor was genocide, it is not publicists who should speak, not political scientists or politicians, but Ukrainian investigators (I stress, Ukrainian investigators).

http://www.khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1166022328

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Anonymous Jan. 8, 2012, 9:17 p.m.    

Ukrainians do not know their history so it is understandable that they also do not know their pre-history. Back around 8-10,000 yrs. before our present era (BP) the Sumerians were traders for and in Ukraine. Around the time of the Tri'pilska era (7,000 B.P.) Ukraine traded their wheat, and other resources eastward as far as northern Japan. The Chinese myths spoke of Gods coming from the West (Ukraine) who brought with them wheat, a first for China. Hard evidence of this trading empire which preceded Kyivan 'Rus is the fact that a grave was discovered in the sands of the Gobi Desert which contained the mummified corpse of a young girl with long blonde braids. This grave also contained evidence which after examination showed it came from the TriPilska Culture. These early Ukrainians spoke Ukrainian which was the language of the 'Rus. So when you try to say that because Russian was the language of business and therefore should remain for ever, try to remember that for thousands of years up to and including Kyivan 'Rus the language of business was Ukrainian 'Rus. Now do you understand why it was so important for the accursed tyrant Peter the Great(?) to co-opt Kyivan 'Rus and change the name of his Muscovites to Russians? Stop letting the Muscovites give you a snow job about our history, they and Yanuconvikt are trying hard to wipe it out with their Minister of Education Tabachnyk, who should be shot. Learn from our preHistory and our History, Ukrainians and stand up and defend our beautiful Ukrainian language which has existed for thousands and thousands of years and will do so, God willing and he(or she) had better be willing, or else. Slava Ukraini!

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Anonymous Jan. 9, 2012, 3:17 a.m.    

I must say i disagree slightly. The national language of Ukraine is and should remain to be solely Ukrainian. That being said, people who wish to speak Russian should be allowed to do so without ridicule, providing they can also speak the state language. I find it absurd to think that it would remain acceptable to think low of people speaking the official language, just because some continue to speak Russian.

Russian should be allowed to be spoken in schools, in a bilingual setting, where UP TO 50 or 60% of the day can be instructed in that language, with the remainder in Ukrainian, and Ukrainian is to be officially and explicitly taught to a high standard.

Also, Ukrainian should be solely used in all public broadcasts, and in all government and other official settings. Publicly displayed signs should, if written in Russian, also be required to be stated in Ukrainian, so foreigners who speak Ukrainian can get by, even in areas where this FOREIGN language occurs often in public spaces

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Anonymous Jan. 9, 2012, 2:17 p.m.    

How's the weather in Canada these days?

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Anonymous Jan. 10, 2012, 2:57 p.m.    

about the same as in moscow, only less odorous

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Anonymous Jan. 11, 2012, 5:33 a.m.    

So should we go to Moscow and speak Yiddish just because some Jewish people lived in the Russian empire? Makes no sense.... Language of the country keeps a country whole, and provides the majority of solidarity. A split language creates a mess, and no language creates a split people at best, and a very unstable group.

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Anonymous Jan. 11, 2012, 11:16 p.m.    

In a throwback to the church's more expected rhetoric, church spokesman Vsevolod Chaplin also spoke in favor of the protests in comments to Rusnovosti.ru last week, but said they should focus on promoting Russian nationalism.

Read more:

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/church-chimes-in-on-political-crisis/450795.html#ixzz1j6bj5AY4

The Moscow Times

Read more:

http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/120095/20/page/1/#comment-163020#ixzz1jBa8gvNo

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http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/113906/50/page/1/#comment-163155#ixzz1jBc74GKm

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Anonymous Jan. 9, 2012, 2:22 p.m.    

Correct. The successor state of the Kievan Rus is, in fact, Moscovy. Fools like to quote the 1200 year old history of Kiev. What they fail to understand that there were invasions and wars which devastated the city and its population multiple times. That's why the centre of power changed from Kiev to Moscow to Novgorod, back to Moscow, St.Petersburg, then back to Moscow.

The bottom line is that &quot;Ukrainian&quot; is a bastardised mix of West- and East-Slavic languages, and has little to do with the history of Kiev.

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Anonymous Jan. 10, 2012, 12:39 p.m.    

When the Mongols sacked Kyiv in 1240 (and the Ukrainians in Kyiv fought to the last man), the Ukrainians lived in the forests and kept their Slavic bloodline and Ukrainian language.

The Ukrainian-Lithuanian army drove out the Tatars before the Battle of Kulikov. The &quot;Mongol yoke&quot; in Ukraine ended before the victory during the battle of Blue Waters in 1362.

http://www.istpravda.com.ua/articles/2011/12/30/66894/

PS Meanwhile, Alexander Nevsky became a blood brother of the Golden Horde and the barbarians int the north interbreed with Mongols and created Moskali. Then the Muscovites, allied with the Golden Horde, sacked Novgorod and Tver and murdered 10,000 of &quot;Russians&quot;.

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Anonymous Jan. 9, 2012, 8:02 p.m.    

The word Russia comes from the Ukrainian word Rozsiyane, which means scattered. Russians are comprised of all the scattered barbarian garbage that settled around the area known today as Moscow - coming from central Asia, mixing with the locals. The Russians don't have any original culture. Their language, religion, and identity are all based on Ukrainian. Unfortunately, the Russians bastardized the Ukrainian language into the monstrosity that Russian is today, and for 300 years have been trying to destroy Ukraine, the source of their identity.

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Anonymous Jan. 9, 2012, 8:25 p.m.    

That is what the Russians want you to believe.

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Anonymous Jan. 9, 2012, 8:40 p.m.    

Kievan &quot;Rus&quot; and &quot;Rossiya&quot; (Russia) are not the same thing.

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Anonymous Jan. 9, 2012, 8:55 p.m.    

^^ those are words directly from the writer's rectum.

Here's a quote from Wikipedia:

Originally Novgorod was the capital of the Rus until 882 when Oleg transferred the capital to Kiev. From that time and up until 1019-1020 Novgorod was a part of Kievan Rus. Novgorod Princes were appointed by the Grand Prince of Kiev (usually one of the elder sons). Novgorod was sort of a spiritual center as by the legend it was the first city of Rus. Remarkably, to this day Novgorod still possesses the relics of the old traditional beliefs that preceded Christianity and are now part of the long forgotten history.

Novgorod continuously played a key role in the politics of Rus by assisting Vladimir the Great of Kiev, and later playing a key role in placing Yaroslav the Wise on the Kiev throne. One of his first actions as a Grand Prince was to grant loyal Novgorodians (who had helped him to regain the throne) numerous freedoms and privileges. Thus, the foundation for the Novgorod Republic was laid.

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Anonymous Jan. 9, 2012, 9:18 p.m.    

Your point is what?

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Anonymous Jan. 10, 2012, 6:16 a.m.    

&quot;Try to know yourself, your own wickedness. Think on the greatness of God and your wretchedness.&quot;.

PS The Russian Empire {AKA: Muscovy} still exists today, and is trying to expand - and consume and enslave its neighbors.

Read more:

http://www.kyivpost.com/news/politics/detail/118802/50/page/2/#comment-156938#ixzz1gmoJNs1V

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http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/118829/50/page/1/#comments#ixzz1goekWPiD

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http://www.kyivpost.com/news/politics/detail/119120/#ixzz1gouCzoLk

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Anonymous Jan. 9, 2012, 9:59 p.m.    

Novohorod was a northern settlement of Kyiv Rus (Ukraine). Anything that has to do with Russian history can not be trusted in Wikipedia because cause Russian extremists, sometimes paid by the Russian government, flood Wikipedia with false history and propaganda. This is why Wikipedia sometimes has had to deny access to make updates.

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Anonymous Jan. 10, 2012, 1:56 a.m.    

Turgenev once wrote that in the hour of hard pondering over the fates of his nation, the only consolation he could find was the Russian language. I find my consolation in ancient Ukrainian carols. It is hard to say what their essence is. Is it their particular beauty, which makes a magic impact on the listener’s soul, or conversely, it is the mysticism of our forefathers’ naive faith that makes koliadky so special and wonderful?

Yet listening to them dispels doubts and gives birth to hope.”

http://www.day.kiev.ua/300276

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyETGQDKP7c&amp;feature=related

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http://www.kyivpost.com/news/politics/detail/118802/50/page/1/#comments#ixzz1j0W37TeM

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Anonymous Jan. 10, 2012, 2:09 a.m.    

Novhorod? Have you been drinkinh, or have you hot somethinh wronh with your keyboard?

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Anonymous Jan. 9, 2012, 11:13 p.m.    

The poor misguided soul who quotes Wikipedia and says novgorod is the centre of the universe should wake up. Wikipedia is not written by scholars, nor based on historical facts, but written by whatever propagandist who feels like spewing disinformation as in this case. What an idiot!

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Anonymous Jan. 9, 2012, 11:19 p.m.    

So, we should trust a third-generation Canadian who thinks he's still Ukrainian?

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Anonymous Jan. 10, 2012, 2:41 a.m.    

Russian is an adulterated form of Ukrainian. Ukrainians tried to teach Moskali Slavic, but the Moskali created a despicable language and are still trying to force their neighbors to speak it. The Ugro-Finnic Moskali are still too ignorant to learn Ukrainian.

There were no schools in Moscow until UKRAINIANS opened one.

Lavrenty Zyzany brought the manuscript of his Catechism to Moscow in 1626 and Kyrylo Tranquilion Stavrovetsky the manuscript of his Instructive Gospel in 1627, and Metropolitan Petro Mohyla sent Ihnaty Starushych in 1640 to propose founding Moscow’s first school by the efforts of the Ukrainian clergy.

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http://www.kyivpost.com/news/politics/detail/118802/50/page/1/#comment-156586#ixzz1i4uP0KrY

PS Why do you hate Russian children so much that you will not tell them the truth?

Slavic lands c. 500-550 AD

{Please note that the Slavic language moved North-Northeast}

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Origins_500A.png

Slavic peoples in 6th century

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d3/Slavic_peoples_6th_century_historical_map.jpg

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http://www.kyivpost.com/news/opinion/op_ed/detail/119768/50/page/1/#comments#ixzz1j0lPsBwy

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Anonymous Jan. 11, 2012, 11:39 p.m.    

In fact, we, Rus, are responsible for almost 1,000 years ago, woke up this genie, who quietly dozing in the Finno-Ugric swamps ...

The vast areas of Oka to the White Sea there are thousands of non-Russian names of towns, villages, rivers and ravines. In the Vladimir region - Arsemaky, Velha, Voynynha, Vorsha, Yneksha, Kyrzhach, Klyazma, Koloksha, Mstera, Moloksha, Motria, Nerli, Peksha, Pychehyno, Soimy, Sudohda, Suzdal, Tumonha, Undol more. In the Moscow region - Vireya, Vorya, Volhusha, Lama, Moscow , Nudol, Pahra, Taldom, Shuhroma, Yahroma more.

Listening to these names, it is easy to see that once in all this space sounded one language , which belonged to these names. And she kin to those dialects spoken by indigenous people of the current Finnish and Finnish peoples of the Middle Volga - Mordvinians, cheremysy, meschera, moksha, Pechora.

That these nations built on its age-old land their village-gardens: Rostov, Suzdal, Murom and others. Long before Rurik.

Region historical Muscovy our ancestors began to develop in times of Kievan Rus. In X-XI centuries arms Rus princes, making aggressive campaigns on the ground Finno-Ugric tribes, remain there for strengthening power of the Kyiv throne. Later Orthodox missionaries from Kyiv to settle these territories for the purpose of Christianity edge.

In terms of its social development of Finno-Ugric ethnic groups north were not yet ready for public construction and the adoption of the Christian religion.

http://www.pravda.com.ua/columns/2010/10/15/5470776/

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Anonymous Jan. 9, 2012, 11:24 p.m.    

It doesn't take a genius to observe that West Ukrainians look more like a mix of Hungarian and Romanians with West Slavs. Russians and East Ukrainians look quite similar and share a common language. It's clear that West Ukraine and Ukrainian language has nothing to do with Kiev and the Eastern Oblasts.

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Anonymous Jan. 10, 2012, 4:40 a.m.    

You've never been there.

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Anonymous Jan. 9, 2012, 11:39 p.m.    

Agreed. The majority in Western Ukraine don't even look Slavic. Slovaks and some Polish look more similar to Slavic Russians than Western Ukrainians do.

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Anonymous Jan. 15, 2012, 1:10 p.m.    

By 1450, the Tatar language had become fashionable in the court of the Grand Prince of Moscow {AKA : Muscovy}, Vasily II, who was accused of excessive love of the Tatars and their speech, and many Russian noblemen adopted Tatar surnames (for example, a member of the Veliamanov family adopted the Turkic name &quot;Aksak&quot; and his descendents were the Aksakovs)[10] Many Russian boyar (noble) families traced their descent from the Mongols or Tatars, including Veliaminov-Zernov, Godunov, Arseniev, Bakhmetev, Bulgakov (descendents of Bulgak) and Chaadaev (descendents of Genghis Khan's son Jagatay).

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http://www.kyivpost.com/news/ukraine/detail/119907/50/page/2/#comments#ixzz1jWWIqqib

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Anonymous Jan. 10, 2012, 3:43 p.m.    

Why has the EU and free world not imposed

sanctions and visa revocations upon

Yanukovych, his PoR minions and their families

who rob Ukraine have turned Ukraine into a

police state disrespect Ukrainian language and

history but who themselves and their

families live like kings in the EU

and free world.

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Anonymous Jan. 11, 2012, 9:27 p.m.    

I knew that this Ukrainian Christmas carol existed, and I finally found it - &quot;Sad Christmas Eve in Ukraine during 1947!&quot; . {You may have to listen several times - to pick up the words}

I do not not care if you are an atheist, this song will make you cry - unless you are either a commie or a plain old $&amp;#**^% - #*#*^#!# ! ! !

Колядка&quot;Сумний Святий Вечір&quot; Оля Атаманчук

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaKBq_ZdJd8&amp;feature=related

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Anonymous Jan. 14, 2012, 5:52 a.m.    

Meanwhile, what happened to the budget money for the school children in Ukraine?

Learning without textbooks!

When it was time to give the homework for the English class, the children said, that they have no textbooks, so they are unlikely to pursue it. It appeared that in the whole class, only 2 books were bought - both books were bought by the parents, with their own money.

There are not enough school books not only for English classes, but also Ukrainian literature and Ukrainian culture. 4 books cost about 200 Hr, but every rural family can not find such a sum.

http://tsn.ua/ukrayina/u-silskih-shkolah-navit-vchiteli-vimusheni-kupuvati-pidruchniki.html

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Read more:

http://www.kyivpost.com/news/opinion/op_ed/detail/120480/#ixzz1jOgGFsQ6

PS I usually do copy/paste for comments (with google translate}, but this comment, I translated.

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Anonymous Jan. 16, 2012, 6:48 p.m.    

People's deputies do not know the anthem of Ukraine because &quot;difficult words&quot; (video)

Not all elected representatives in parliament can recall the words of the anthem of Ukraine. Particular difficulties arose in the regionals [Por].

In turn, rehionalka [PoR] Olena Bondarenko also not been tested for knowledge of words national anthem of Ukraine. She tried to read the text of the anthem, but stopped after the third line.

Another representative of the Party of Regions Vladimir Makeyenko believes that the Ukrainian hymn - &quot;difficult words&quot;.

http://tsn.ua/politika/nardepi-ne-znayut-gimn-ukrayini-bo-slova-vazhkuvati.html

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AL BALA Jan. 22, 2012, 7:39 p.m.    

Regions insist on education in Russian in kindergartens

Ukraine, Yesterday, 22:24

Deputies from the Party of Regions again brought to the parliament the draft law &quot;On education of children in their mother tongue &quot;, which is almost completely repeats the draft Education Minister Dmitry Tabachnik , which the Council refused to consider.

The bill &quot;On amending the Law of Ukraine&quot; On Pre-School Education &quot;was registered in the Verkhovna Rada Regions Maxim Lutsk and Vadym Kolesnichenko .

Earlier in the parliament have been registered a similar bill , which was developed by the Ministry of Education, was signed by Tabachnik and submitted to the Council of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov .

http://tsn.ua/ukrayina/regionali-napolyagayut-vihovanni-rosiyskoyu-movoyu-v-ditsadkah.html

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AL BALA Feb. 4, 2012, 12:27 p.m.    

Recall also that the February 1, 2012, Patriarch Kirill met with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Congratulated the Patriarch of the third anniversary of his enthronement, Putin noted that the activities of the Patriarch, &quot;the so-called post-Soviet space&quot; - is &quot; definitely one of the most important elements of our foreign policy . &quot;

Thus, the Russian government publicly acknowledged that the desire of the Patriarch to influence the internal affairs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is part of Russia's foreign policy. We must assume that the recent changes in top management of the UOC of the Moscow come to pass, not without influence. Communications of the current permanent members of the Synod of the UOC of the Russian political establishment becomes even more apparent when we recall a recent speech in support of the Metropolitan Agafangel Putin as a candidate for president of Russia.

In his interview to Regnum news agency, Metropolitan Agafangel branded enemies of Russia and called on Putin to fulfill the mission &quot;entrusted to him the Saviour of the world&quot; .

http://www.religion.in.ua/news/vazhlivo/14436-patriarx-kirill-zayavil-o-nedeesposobnosti-mitropolita-vladimira.html

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AL BALA Feb. 7, 2012, 1:19 a.m.    

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As reported, on the eve of the Epiphany deputies of the Verkhovna Rada registered a draft law № 9690 &quot;On the return of the cultural heritage of religious organizations,&quot; according to which the Cabinet is in charge of the 3-month period to address issues regarding the transmission facilities located in the area Kremenets, Holy Epiphany Convent of Ternopil diocese and Pochayiv Holy Assumption Laura of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), and facilities located in Kiev - the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (Monastery), UOC (MP), without the right of alienation and change of purpose referred to objects.

http://www.interfax.com.ua/rus/main/92490/

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AL BALA Feb. 7, 2012, 1:21 a.m.    

The Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia expressed his support to the Yanukovich’s political program and wished him to be courage and tolerant during the presidential elections.32

Yanukovich’s response was in the end of October 2004, when the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers transferred the St. Vladimir’s Cathedral and the Temple of the Seven Saint martyrs of Khersoness in Kherson to the UOC MP. The Metropolitan of Crimea and Simferopol Lazar admitted that this decision had been a pleasant surprise for him.33

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AL BALA Feb. 7, 2012, 1:25 a.m.    

01/31/2012

&quot;Regionals&quot; [PoR] want to give the Ukrainian Monasteries to the Orthodox &quot;Church&quot; Moscow Patriarchate

Kiev-Pechersk Lavra Monastery and Pochayiv Svyatobohoyavlenskyy monastery (in Kremenets, Ternopil) deputies from Party of Regions wants to transfer the ownership of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Moscow Patriarchate.

http://www.istpravda.com.ua/short/2012/01/31/70876/

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AL BALA Feb. 8, 2012, 2:20 p.m.    

Written Regions bill, which proposed the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra and Pochayiv withdraw from the state inheritance, and transfer UOC-MP, has caused outrage Filaret .

http://tsn.ua/ukrayina/filaret-zvinuvativ-nastoyatelya-kiyevo-pecherskoyi-lavri-v-nestachi-rozumu.html

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AL BALA Feb. 8, 2012, 2:34 p.m.    

In the UOC-MP coup took place, from Vladimir seized power - media

Ukraine, February 6, 11:33

Authorities in the Moscow Patriarchate has focused control mainly in the hands of the synod.

In the UOC-MP actually occurred revolution - the decision of the Holy Synod, held on January 26 without the participation of Metropolitan Vladimir , in fact involves the removal of him from the church. This writes &quot;Mirror week. Ukraine.&quot;

http://tsn.ua/ukrayina/v-upc-mp-stavsya-perevorot-v-volodimira-vidibrali-vladu-zmi.html

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AL BALA Feb. 8, 2012, 3 p.m.    

Hopefully, Metropolitan Vladimir will become a &quot;born again Christian&quot; and &quot;see the light&quot; !

Metropolitan Volodymyr found &quot;split and confrontation&quot; in the church

Metropolitan Vladimir opposed the decision of the Holy Synod, which held that to recover the primate chair will manage the Kiev governor of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra Metropolitan Paul.

Letter from Metropolitan was his first public reaction to the decision taken in late January, the Holy Synod. Then it was decided to cancel before a commission of three bishops, who during his illness Metropolitan collectively ruled Kievan diocese, and pass this function in the sole of Metropolitan Paul.

http://tsn.ua/ukrayina/mitropolit-volodimir-viznav-rozkol-i-protistoyannya-v-cerkvi.html

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AL BALA Feb. 10, 2012, 2:54 a.m.    

You can see, after all, what’s going on in Russia. They threw off communist and placed Orthodoxy in its place. And when I see former KGB officers standing today with candles in Church, I feel pretty sick. I am a Christian and understand that every person can change and repent. Yet they have not repented.

http://www.khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1200690858

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AL BALA Feb. 14, 2012, 6:32 a.m.    

&quot;Moreover, I do not understand this situation is also due to the fact that last year the reserve was first made about 17 million USD instead of the usual 7. Thus, the team increased the budget of the special accounts for 180%,&quot; - she added.

http://www.interfax.com.ua/rus/main/92490/

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AL BALA Feb. 7, 2012, 7:44 p.m.    

Crimean speaker - annoying Ukrainian language

http://tsn.ua/politika/krimskogo-spikera-dratuye-ukrayinska-mova.html

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AL BALA Feb. 7, 2012, 7:47 p.m.    

The Party of Regions promise by the end of July, to adopt a law on language policy, which will make Russian official in 10 areas.

http://tsn.ua/tsikavinki/regionali-zroblyat-stavku-na-rosiysku-movu.html

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AL BALA Feb. 7, 2012, 7:51 p.m.    

Kivalov assured that Ukrainian dream come true for Russian language (video)

Kivalov said that soon every Ukrainian can watch TV in Russian.

As you know, in the opinion of the Venice Commission on the draft language Kivalov / Kolesnichenko noted that the bill on the basis of the language policy not guarantee the use and protection of the Ukrainian language .

http://tsn.ua/politika/kivalov-zapevniv-scho-mriyi-ukrayinciv-pro-rosiysku-movu-zbuvayutsya.html

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AL BALA Feb. 10, 2012, 9:10 a.m.    

Today, the Anti-Ukrainian &quot;government&quot; in Ukraine wants to give the Ukrainian land that stored the archives of Ukraine - to Moscow {AKA : Muscovy} - after Muscovy burned over one thousand (1,000) years of Ukraine's History {AKA : Heritage} that was stored on the land in the Capital of UKRAINE ! ! ! ! ! ! !

In 1718, Muscovites burned down the archives and library at the Kyiv Caves Monastery, destroying a stock gathered over 700 years.

In 1743, old Ukrainian religious books were gathered from all Ukrainian temples and burned.

http://www.day.kiev.ua/290619?idsource=301075&amp;mainlang=eng

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