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About a dozen regional legislatures in Russian-speaking regions of Ukraine have granted it official status as a “regional” language since President Viktor Yanukovych on Aug. 8 signed controversial language legislation into law.

The legislation was drafted and pushed swiftly, with limited debate, through parliament this summer by Yanukovych’s Party of Regions.

Russian is now sanctioned for broader use by public officials, regional government, in education and business in regions of Ukraine were it was given status as a “regional” language.

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