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Yanukovych signs contentious Russian language law into force

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Aug. 8, 2012, 6:36 p.m. | Ukraine — by Reuters, Kyiv Post Staff

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Aug. 8 signed into law a bill which will make Russian the official language in parts of the former Soviet republic, ignoring opponents who have warned it risks splitting the country.
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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Wednesday signed into law a bill which will make Russian the official language in parts of the former Soviet republic, ignoring opponents who have warned it risks splitting the country. 

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blueriver Aug. 8, 2012, 7:42 p.m.    

I HAVE SAID MANY TIMES Y A N U K O V Y C H IS CONTROLLED BY PUTIN. AFTER YANUKOVYCH GAVE SEVESTOPOL TO RUSSIA AS A THANK YOU PROMISE FOR PUTINS INFLUANCE IN THE 2010 ELECTION WIN , THIS LANGUAGE LAW IS PROOF THAT YANUKOVYCH IS CONTROLLED BY RUSSIA , the same as Yanukovych was in 2004.

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AL BALA Aug. 13, 2012, 2:47 p.m.    

claimed that Christ the Savior Cathedral had become a tax haven for a variety of for-profit businesses.

In previous court filings, the watchdog group noted that only 7% of the Cathedral space was used for religious purposes, the other 93% being used for a dizzying array of businesses, including a scientific research center, an employment agency, an auto body shop, political consulting agency, and a seafood market.

http://nftu.net/watchdog-group-nominates-patr-kirill-for-nobel-prize-in-economics/

!!

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blueriver Aug. 8, 2012, 10:58 p.m.    

If all you people love the Party of Regions so Much move to Russia...For me Western Values and the European Union is fine be it with Yulia or whoever chooses that path....

The problem with Yanukovych is no one in Europe like him...all European presidents hate him and his pro Belerus and Russian friends.

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IvanovPetrovSidorov Aug. 9, 2012, 12:10 p.m.    

Yeh, but they all like Russian gas, oil and Russian money.

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AL BALA Aug. 21, 2012, 11:38 p.m.    

According to the statistics published on the RiF agency’s website, 85 percent of Russia’s territory is not suitable for comfortable living, 40 percent of the population is below the poverty line, 53 percent are people of the retirement and pre-retirement age, and 93 out of 127 million people live at budgetary expense, not to mention the fact that the Slavic population of Russia is steadily on the decline, whereas the number of Muslims in the country has risen by 40 percent in the past 15 years.

If this trend continues, there will be nobody to aim the ideas of a Russian World at.

http://www.day.kiev.ua/233635

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Boico Aug. 8, 2012, 11:07 p.m.    

He is only one president in the world who degraded national language, ignores constitution, ignores Ukrainians, promote foreign language to opposition which hate everything what is Ukrainian (in 20 years they did not adopted anything from this country and drag us to bloody solutions). What left for Ukrainians living in russified areas – learn Russian! – That’s discrimination.

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Roman Dawydiak Aug. 9, 2012, 12:14 a.m.    

Vitya made a solemn promise to many of his supporters (Great Russian chauvinists, little russians, communists and of course Vladko and Co. in Moskva) that he would make Russian the second OFFICIAL LANGUAGE in Ukraine. Obviously he could not keep that promise (he is an expert in that field) since the Party of Reprobates do not have a constitutional majority in the Verkhovna Rada. This language law can be just as easily overturned or altered after the October elections with an Opposition victory. In any case this should not be the focal point of the Opposition in their election campaign. Ukrainians in general, regardless of their political views, are far more concerned with the economy, standard of living and their financial well being. This is not a point of any credible argument. It is a fact. Therefore, it is paramount that the Opposition not only hammer the current authorities on these issues but it is equally important that they provide a credible alternative. Everything else should be secondary. Although it can be fully expected that the regionnaires and their Government accomplices will try their best to place serious obstacles to confront the Opposition ( the SBU, the PGO, blocking of telecommunications and transport, lies, corruption aka buying peoples votes, voting fraud vis-a-vis the CEC, etc.) the believers in a true democracy must persevere. It cannot be stressed enough that enough is enough, is enough.

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kpxoxol Aug. 9, 2012, 2:30 a.m.    

Considering the disgusting legacy of the orange mafia thieves and their diaspora sex traffickers and pimps, who caused the worst economy collapse of the Ukraine economy not only in Europe but also amongst the CIS economies, the orange idiots will have very hard dime to convince the Ukraine people about improving the Ukraine economy.

The oranges are complete retards - it is a proven fact.

Compared to the orange ineptitude and mismanagement that led Ukraine to be turned into a cheap sex tourism destination full of children alcoholics and prostitutes, the government of the ONLY democratically elected President in the Ukraine history - mr Yanukovych are financial geniuses.

The oranges are done, they got a foot for good from the Ukraine people in 2009 precisely because of their economy policies fiasco and the same will happen to them in 2012 too, heh, heh, heh :D

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AL BALA Aug. 9, 2012, 3:22 a.m.    

Azarov promised new roads to the doctors

"The next year all of Ukraine from north to south and from west to east you can get just such ways" - he said.

http://tsn.ua/ukrayina/azarov-poobicyav-novi-dorogi-z-likaryami-na-nih.html

PS

Gee ?

Methinks that tis is blatant disinformation ?

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AL BALA Aug. 9, 2012, 3:22 a.m.    

Azarov promised new roads to the doctors

"The next year all of Ukraine from north to south and from west to east you can get just such ways" - he said.

http://tsn.ua/ukrayina/azarov-poobicyav-novi-dorogi-z-likaryami-na-nih.html

PS

Gee ?

Methinks that tis is blatant disinformation ?

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CHRIS BABEOUF Aug. 9, 2012, 12:34 p.m.    

Having followed this law's passage and noted the small size of the the demonstrations against it I would advise the opposition to avoid the issue during the election campaign. Yanuk's strategy is clear. He hopes that Ukrainian nationalists will fill the media with anti Russian sentiments. Then he can use the fear of this tendency in government to mobilise the Russian speaking community. He hopes to use right-wing nationalism to bolster the turnout of his constituency. If the posts on this page are a reflection of his opponents beliefs he is likely to succeed. To use your opponents force against him is almost Judo. I wonder where he got the idea?

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IvanovPetrovSidorov Aug. 9, 2012, 2:51 p.m.    

You are a clever facka! Respect man. You have sussed it out, you raskal :)) Please keep it to yourself though or you will spoil the party for the regions.

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Olexander Kravets Aug. 11, 2012, 2:36 a.m.    

Check your spelling in many of your posts you fucking bastard pig, I hope you choke on your hate of Ukraine!

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Luda Semeniuk Aug. 9, 2012, 2:52 p.m.    

After the insult Yanukovych received from Putin being 4 hours late to a meeting because Putin preferred to meet with Biker Thugs than a leader of Ukraine, why in anyone's right mind sign off on such a bill? This bill leaves the door wide open for Russia to do to Ukraine what Russia did to Georgia. Putin already has his thugs in place in Ukraine. Allowing the russian language any standing in Ukraine let alone equal standing is like Yanukovych shooting himself in the foot and nailing Ukraine to the cross. Russians mentality towards Ukraine is "the problem with Ukraine is she has ethnic Ukrainians" Don't fool yourself to think Russia won't try to commit ethnic cleansing and slavery of Ukrainians again as they have done so many times before, not just in the 1930s. Accept Russians for what they are. A continuous enemy to civilized society.

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IvanovPetrovSidorov Aug. 9, 2012, 5 p.m.    

Where have I read that before? Hmm... Oh, yes, Hitler's Mein Kampf. So is that why your folks began to kill all the jews in 1941?

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IvanovPetrovSidorov Aug. 9, 2012, 5:02 p.m.    

The first days of German occupation of Lviv, Ukraine. The Germans came to the city in June, 30th, 1941. On the same day the party of Bandera proclaimed creation of the independant Ukrainian state. Though the Germans did not support this idea, the people were happy and celebrated in the streets for 3 days. The Germans together with Bandera’s “Ukrainian people’s police” arranged a so-called action of “self-purification”. In fact it was violence against the Jews. People were beaten with stones, drubbed, women were made to undress in public, forced to clean sidewalks, march on knees with their hands up, some people were shot in the backyards. The total number of victims – 4-7 thousand people.

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Dirk Aug. 9, 2012, 7:45 p.m.    

Since your Bolsheviks were generally Jewish, I guess it all makes sense. Regardless if it's Jewish, Hindu, Christian, or Muslim Russians, all Bolsheviks OUT OF UKRAINE! Viva Bandera!!

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IvanovPetrovSidorov Aug. 9, 2012, 8:25 p.m.    

Then you are no better than them. Little russians!

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AL BALA Aug. 16, 2012, 3:35 a.m.    

Furthermore, a large number of documents pertaining to the Crimean population of Karaim were burned during the 1736 Russian invasion of the Tatar Khanate capital of Bakhchisarai (Akhiezer 2003).

Some scholars say that Karaites in Crimea are descendants of Karaite merchants who migrated to Crimea from the Byzantine Empire (Schur 1995), presumably adopting a Turkic language upon their arrival in Crimea. In one particular incidence, migration of Karaites from Istanbul to Crimea is documented following a fire in the Jewish quarter of Istanbul in 1203 (Tsoffar 2006).

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Gee ?

Moskali had programs in the 18th century and the Jews had a holocaust in the 18th century. This was repealed by the Moskali in the Crimea in 1945-6, again.

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Olexander Kravets Aug. 11, 2012, 2:43 a.m.    

The crap you are writing is right from the Putin AntiUkrainian book. Stalin and All Mocow leaders killed millions of Jews! Stop spreading this bullcrap about Ukrainians hating Jews! My ancestors lived side by side with Jews for centuries in BUkovina, and no one killed any Jews. Jews died in World War II because it was the policy of Hitler to do so and he found collaborators in evey nation in Europe: French Polish, Russian, Lithuanian and yes SOME Ukrainian people . But only a stupid fool like you would say that today's Ukrainians have any connection to those events. Those were minorities

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Dirk Aug. 9, 2012, 7:41 p.m.    

Sounds like General-Secretary Putin finally made the phone call to Kommissar Yanu. He's such a good Gauleiter.
Too bad his plan of divide and conquer will bring his downfall one way or the other. Putin's next.....

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blueriver Aug. 10, 2012, 12:02 a.m.    

I HAVE SAID MANY TIMES Y A N U K O V Y C H IS CONTROLLED BY PUTIN. AFTER YANUKOVYCH GAVE SEVESTOPOL TO RUSSIA AS A THANK YOU PROMISE FOR PUTINS INFLUANCE IN THE 2010 ELECTION WIN , THIS LANGUAGE LAW IS PROOF THAT YANUKOVYCH IS CONTROLLED BY RUSSIA , the same as Yanukovych was in 2004.

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blueriver Aug. 10, 2012, 12:02 a.m.    

I HAVE SAID MANY TIMES Y A N U K O V Y C H IS CONTROLLED BY PUTIN. AFTER YANUKOVYCH GAVE SEVESTOPOL TO RUSSIA AS A THANK YOU PROMISE FOR PUTINS INFLUANCE IN THE 2010 ELECTION WIN , THIS LANGUAGE LAW IS PROOF THAT YANUKOVYCH IS CONTROLLED BY RUSSIA , the same as Yanukovych was in 2004.

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Olexander Kravets Aug. 11, 2012, 2:37 a.m.    

I hope this pig Yanukovich dies soon! He sold his country and our language!

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