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Yanukovych’s Party of the Regions rushed the bill through parliament last month in what opponents saw as an attempt to rally public support in Russian-speaking regions ahead of an October parliamentary election.

The move led to street protests in the capital Kyiv and brawls in parliament as the opposition, which fears it will lead to the status of Ukrainian as the state language being eroded, fought to block it.

But Yanukovych, who is on holiday in Crimea, took advantage of the lack of political activity in the summer lull to sign it into law.

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