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The law was designed by the pro-presidential Party of Regions to upgrade the status of Russian language in Ukraine on the eve of the parliamentary election. But there is no reason why we can’t use it to our advantage and upgrade the status of English in at least one region – Ukraine’s capital city.

In a nutshell, I suggest launching a campaign to grant English official status if the minority language law signed into law by President Viktor Yanukovych. This law states that people in Ukraine are allowed to choose their language of communication. Under this law, they are generously granted the right to use any language in their social and private lives. We might as well use this right for English.

There is more! The law claims that the state facilitates the development of multi-linguism, learning the languages of international communication – particularly those which are official in the United Nations and other international organizations. Of course, English is one of them.

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