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Old 28th March 2012, 08:10 PM
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Ukrainian and Russian to be made official languages

http://rt.com/news/line/2012-03-19/#id28177

Ukrainian and Russian to be made official languages – Yanukovich

­Ukraine is going to pass a bill shortly that would make both Ukrainian and Russian official state languages, the eastern-European country's President Viktor Yanukovich told Russia’s Itar-Tass news agency. “Ukraine is interested in that, and people, the population speaking generally two tongues – Ukrainian and Russian – is interested in that,” he said. He admitted that earlier there were “periods of time in the country” when there was certain misbalance in terms of languages. However, now there is no longer such a problem in Ukraine, he added, stressing that the issue should be regulated on a legislative level. He referred to a number of European countries having two or three official languages that “live normally, in peace.” During the presidency of Viktor Yushchenko, the official fight against the Russian language was widespread in Ukraine. The language was banned from all government institutions. Things started to change with Yanukovich, who advocated the idea of improving the country’s ties with Russia after winning the election in 2010. However, a year ago the Venice Commission of the European Council insisted that accepting the Russian language as the second official language in Ukraine would be a violation of Ukraine’s constitution. According to the draft bill On Languages, while more than 60 per cent of Ukraine’s population are ethnic Ukrainians, more than 60 per cent of the population use Russian for everyday communication; the country was expected to become officially bilingual. The bill, put forward in 2010, was hotly debated in Ukraine, and was then sent for examination to the Venice Commission.
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Re: Ukrainian and Russian to be made official languages

Interesting. Thanks for posting
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Re: Ukrainian and Russian to be made official languages

Interesting.

Here is the document from the Venice Commission: http://www.venice.coe.int/docs/2011/...2011)047-e.pdf. Domainers may be interested to note that this document is at coe.int, which is under the fairly unusual .int gTLD.

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66. As previously noted in this Opinion, the question remains whether, having regard to the specific situation in Ukraine, there are sufficient guarantees, in the current Draft Law, for the consolidation of the Ukrainian language as the sole State language, and of the role it has to play in the Ukrainian multilinguistic society. The Venice Commission can only reiterate its call, in its previous Opinion, for a fair balance between the protection of the rights of minorities, on the one hand, and the preservation of the State language as a tool for integration within society, on the other hand. It ultimately is for the Ukrainian legislator to decide on this important matter.
The Venice Commission would like Russian to be treated like any other minority language in Ukraine, while Ukrainian remains the sole State language.

The Venice commission's comments, by the way, are based on Ukraine's draft law as of last August.

Thanks for posting this news!

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Re: Ukrainian and Russian to be made official languages

this is very very good news.

that's 2 countries this year made the attempt to allow Russian, 1 succeeded. I think the next 5 years are going to be interesting.
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Old 29th March 2012, 05:03 AM
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Re: Ukrainian and Russian to be made official languages

also this news was published recently,


Russia wants to see Russian become official or regional language in European Union

http://www.pagef30.com/2012/03/russi...an-become.html


long live RUNET. .eu may get their chance at a russian tld soon.

OFF TOPIC:

just a warning of things to come for those who are buying into Russian names in Gay/Lesbian or whatever related categories.

http://www.care2.com/causes/russian-...-gag-rule.html

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Re: Ukrainian and Russian to be made official languages

Meanwhile, in Georgia:

Georgian students opting for English in foreign language test.

This is a big change from two years ago, when about half the students opted to be tested in Russian.

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