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New York Times: Political maneuvering stalls language bill in Ukraine

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Jul. 07, 2012 09:47
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Opposition protesters shout slogans and beat the drums during the march in central Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, July 5, 2012. About 1,000 opposition activists were rallying in the capital of Ukraine on Thursday to protest legislation upgrading the status of the Russian language. The Ukrainian parliament passed the bill Tuesday that would allow the use of Russian in courts, education and other government institutions in Russian-speaking regions of the country. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
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MOSCOW — The Ukrainian Parliament refused on Friday to accept the resignation of its leader and instead adjourned for the summer, leaving uncertain the fate of a contentious bill that would allow local and regional governments to grant official status to Russian and other languages, in addition to Ukrainian.

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