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Rada not to consider language bill on June 19, says speaker

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June 15, 2012, 9:29 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

A large Ukrainian flag covered the seats of oppositions lawmakers after a vote on a bill of language in the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Ukraine's parliament has given tentative approval to a hotly contested bill that would allow the use of the Russian language alongside Ukrainian in some regions. Defying vehement protests by the opposition, pro-government lawmakers passed the bill in the first of two readings Tuesday.
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Kyiv – Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn has said that the Ukrainian parliament will not consider at second reading the bill on the principles of the government language policy on June 19.

"It is impossible and this will not happen," Lytvyn said during an online conference on Facebook social network on Friday.

June 19 is the deadline for submitting amendments to the bill, Lytvyn said. The speaker said that some 400 amendments had been prepared for the bill so far.

As reported on June 5, the Verkhovna Rada passed at first reading a bill on the principles of state language policy, which strengthens the positions of the Russian language and the languages of national minorities in the regions, if the percentage of their speakers exceeds 10%.

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Roman Dawydiak June 12, 2012, 6:55 p.m.    

There is a high probability that the timing of the language law legislation runs parallel with the President's dealing with the issue of political prisoners (especially Yulia Tymoshenko). Although the matter of dealing with 400+ ammendments to the bill provides a convenient excuse to delaying implementation, this is only part of a larger strategy. The Presidential Administration and its proxies in the Verkhovna Rada may want to wait until after the summer recess (circa September 2012) to enact the legislation thus mollifying its little russian and Great Russian Chauvinist supporters. At roughly the same time the President may decide to provide amnesty in whole or in part to political prisoners just prior to the October elections for a new VR. This would disable individuals such as Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko from running for office and at the same time demonstrate Presidential "benevolence" and open new avenues in dealing with the EU. As for the language legislation, that could become redundant if a new VR controlled by the current Opposition obtains a majority and cancels the controversial bill introduced by the POR. From that point on the real battle for supremacy in the current Ukrainian political battlefield begins.

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elmer-елмер June 12, 2012, 7:48 p.m.    

How about this scenario?

It has been well-documented that PoR did not have enough votes to pass the bill.

Moreover, it has been well-documented that there were not enough members in the zRada to pass the bill.

They had to rely on "piano voting," and part of the deal was that Lytvyn got 95 million hryvnia for "social spending" in the district where he will bu up for election on an individual candidate basis (rather than on the party-list basis - 225 are to be elected on an individual candidate basis, 225 are to be elected on the party-list basis).

On top fo that, seriously - people in Donbass are seriously hurting, while a few sovok mafia thugs parade around with expensive cars and watches.

What difference does it make if they can officially curse yanusvoloch in Russian?

янусволоч янусволоч
янусволоч ананас

хуй хам пидирас
янусволоч не для нас

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Roman Dawydiak June 12, 2012, 8:09 p.m.    

Elmer offers an astute observation in regards to the champion political chameleon of Ukrainian politics. Verkhovna Rada Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn has mastered the technique of being on either side of the fence in the blink of an eye (yak viter viye) with his most recent actions being a prime example. On one hand he declared that his People's Party would vote against the POR sponsored language law (he is running on the single candidates list in the Ukrainian speaking Zhytomyr Oblast) and on the other hand he was instrumental in allowing piano voting enabling the POR to pass their legislation in the first reading (a financial and campaign payoff from the POR was most helpful). This type of immoral activity has not gone unnoticed by the general public and as such it should be stressed by the Opposition in their campaign for the new elections to the Verkhovna Rada this coming October.

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freedom..... June 12, 2012, 11:04 p.m.    

The only reason , these por pigs want russian, is they know when they end up in court, they won't be able to defend themselves in Ukraininian.

What a bunch of disgusting traitors........get the hell back to your beloved russia, traitors.......

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