Language law signed. Now what?

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Aug. 9, 2012, 10:41 p.m. | Ukraine — by Katya Gorchinskaya, Yuriy Onyshkiv

People gather near the Verkhovna Rada on July 30 to protest against legislation adopted earlier this month that elevates the status of the Russian language in many of Ukraine’s regions.
© Ganna Bernyk

Katya Gorchinskaya


Yuriy Onyshkiv

Despite signing into law on Aug. 8 a measure that gives the Russian language official regional status in many parts of Ukraine, President Viktor Yanukovych’s administration vows changes to placate critics who fear the legislation threatens use of the Ukrainian language.

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Mykhayl Aug. 11, 2012, 12:01 a.m.    

Слава Ісу~

Now what are the Little Ruc'ians
going to use for a smoke screen?

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Olexander Kravets Aug. 11, 2012, 2:46 a.m.    

You are sick!

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Phill M Aug. 11, 2012, 3:04 a.m.    

"Romanian should become the regional language in Chernivtsi, Hungarian in Zakarpattya and Crimean Tatar in Crimea."

So, that's it? Four languages other than Ukrainian have status, and three of those only in one oblasti each)

Basically, all the other languages listed on the bill get left out, even though they are mentioned in the language bill that was passed. But if you remember Ukraine's ratification of the Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, these languages were suppose to have their language status protected, and with requirements for legal/political/administrative documents to be provided in those language upon request.

So, a step backwards. And thank you KP, for finally letting us know that the law is being applied at an olbasti level (opposed to raion, which would have made more sense, given that the law 'covered' so many languages other than the four mentioned....)

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Phill M Aug. 11, 2012, 3:05 a.m.    

And, in the ratification of the charter, there was not a 10%of population minimal per oblast for the languages to qualify....

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Mykhayl Aug. 12, 2012, 2:12 a.m.    

Where does EU English stand?

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AL BALA Aug. 25, 2012, 3:13 a.m.    

In the Donetsk region nine cable operators disabled TVi

PS At the above link, people are making comments from different parts of Ukraine, about closure of TVi in other parts of of Ukraine to this very day.

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