President Viktor Yanukovich’s Party of the Regions rushed
the bill through parliament earlier this 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 Kiev and
brawls in parliament. The chamber went into recess until
September, leaving the bill in limbo, but last week parliament
said it would reconvene for an extra session on Monday.
Arseny Yatseniuk, leader of the opposition Front of Change
party, described the bill as a “crime against Ukraine and the
Ukrainian state” during the special session on Monday.