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Azarov: Ukraine not discussing official status for Russian language

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June 26, 2012, 3:13 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Ukraine is currently not discussing giving the Russian language official status, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said.
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Ukraine is currently not discussing giving the Russian language official status, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said.

"We believe we need to proceed according to the situation in the country. We insist on the adoption of a law giving people living in the regions where a specific language is widespread the right to study and turn to public establishments in their native language," he said in an interview with the Russian program Pozner.

"If we have declared an intention to become European-oriented, we need to take the best from Europe. Switzerland has four state languages and Finland has two," he said.

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elmer-елмер June 26, 2012, 5:54 p.m.    

Lookie, lookie here

а ну дивися

The sovok mafia snakes are twisting themselves into knots to find a way to undermine Ukraine and the Ukrainian language.

The zRada, Parliament, is playing around with Rooshan language bills - yet sovok mafioso zArazov says no such thing is going on.

Rather, he claims he's going to find a "European" way - not even the Zookrainian "third way."

4 languages in Zookraine for zArazov

surzhyk
Icelandic
English
Rooshan

радянська зараза Азаров
йому повинні відрізати "язьік"

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carl June 26, 2012, 8:34 p.m.    

The bill submitted in VR complys with EU standards.

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Mykhayl June 27, 2012, 10:56 a.m.    

Слава Icy~

The bill is an excuse, the reason is... what are they trying to hide diverting our attention?

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from eu June 26, 2012, 7:20 p.m.    

dear azarov........maybe you don't know but thousands of ukrainian women are married with italians......so why don't you put italian like official language in ukraine.............stop bullshit,ukraine is a very big country and the ukrainian language should be the only official language,for ex. denmark,norway, finland,albania,slovenia etc. very small countries but they have own language,ukraine is a very big country so everybody that want to live in ukraine must speak ukrainian and second language english that is the world speaking system, when i go to germany,denmark,japan,china south america no problem speaking english

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Mykhayl June 27, 2012, 10:44 a.m.    

Слава Icy~

EXACTLY English would be the best second language, not only for Ukraine but everywhere. Yet did not the Education Minister want to forbid English teaching Universities? KYIV POST Dec 10, 2010 QUOTE "... Kvit said that the ministry does not approve of the rules for the admission ... to cancel teaching in English, contacts with foreign universities, and ......" QUIT QUOTE

By the way "from eu" your use of "bullshit" makes using this article"s comments with young students [children] a problem.

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freedom..... June 26, 2012, 7:59 p.m.    

Every announcements made by yanukrook, azagoon, kolesnkiov, etc etc = the por govt; are full of contradictions and lies.

Thier lying is so pervasive and consistent,,,,they do no know what has already been said.....!!!

This gov't is at the bottom of the sewer pit,,,,and is trying to climb out.

Push them back to the bottom......and return rule of law and our Constitution to Ukraine.

.Apathy will get us more of the same.....

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carl June 26, 2012, 8:37 p.m.    

What contradictions,lies. This gov't has moved forward on pension reform,reform of tax,customs,legal codes. What did dioxin boy and gas girl do besides fight and break word to everyone who supported them.

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Roman Dawydiak June 27, 2012, 7:25 a.m.    

My Dear Carl; There are no contradictions or lies in the accusations levelled against L'viv Oblast' Governor Mykhailo Kostiuk. "Kostiuk was involved in money-laundering centers in Lviv, Kyiv and Dnipropetrovsk with a turn over of UAH 1 billion". He also refused to take questions in this regard from L'viv Oblast' legislators. This hand picked Governor from Vitya's stable should be a poster boy for the POR.

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AL BALA June 27, 2012, 4:01 p.m.    

Azarov said that in twenty years, living in Ukraine, he was accustomed, but his homeland is still Russia.

http://tsn.ua/politika/azarov-rozpoviv-pro-zhinok-brehnyu-ta-svoyu-batkivschinu-rosiyu.html

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AL BALA June 27, 2012, 4:17 p.m.    

In Nikolayev billboards agitating for the Russsian language

Billboards appeared on June 26. At the beginning of the text contains a number that in speaking Russian - 780 000 people. In the end - the rhetorical question: "Do we need Russian?".

PS

The national stock of Mykolaiv region the vast majority of Ukrainian, whose number amounted to 1034.4 thousand persons or 81.9% of the total resident population, Russians - 177.5 thousand people.
Russian language identified as the native population 29.3%
Total number of existing population of Mykolayiv region - 1 million 265 thousand people. 0.293 * 1,265,000 = 370 thousand --------------------------------- -------------------------- lied 2 times PRdurky - {Party of stupid = PoR}

http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2012/06/27/6967586/

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Phill M June 28, 2012, 3 a.m.    

In regards to languages, more state languages does mean 'better state'.
Also, more state languages means that those who govern the state must learn those languages, and speak them well.

As such, once the bill is ratified, anyone is government who cannot speak Ukrainian AND Russian should be removed from office, and persons capable of communicating with all citizens of Ukraine be voted in.

In regards to the EU standards... The EU standards are already ratified. When Ukraine rarified the Charter of Regional and Minority Languages it did not place a minimal (the 10% minimal for a region for a language to be accepted), but instead was inclusive of language groups including Bulgarian, Crimean Tatar, Gagauz, Greek, German, Hungarian, Jewish/Yiddish, Moldavian, Polish, Romanian, Russian and Slovak.

This is what the Charter affords (though Ukraine has done a poor job at informing it) http://conventions.coe.int/treaty/en/Treaties/Html/148.htm

The Bill that is submitted places a 10% minimal per region for those language groups, which would exclude the language rights of many of them because, those they have a substantial population, do not make up 10% in any region due to being wide-spread.

Even if the Bill is passed, unless Ukraine re-nags on its ratification of the charter, or re-writes its application of the charter, the Bill being submitted will find itself superseded by the Charter anyways. The only thing it does is 'fortifying' the position of the Russian language with the 10% per region application.

On the plus side, it makes it absolutely necessary for politicians of all sides to learn and properly speak Ukrainian.

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AL BALA June 28, 2012, 8:03 p.m.    

In Russia for storage or distribution of books about the famine of 1932-33, the archives of the NKVD of the Ukrainian liberation movement and of Ukrainian nationalism can get prison time.

http://www.istpravda.com.ua/articles/2012/06/27/89363/

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