[EDLING:85] Russian language in retreat in Ukraine
Francis M. Hult
fmhult at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Fri May 4 03:26:09 UTC 2007
The New Hope Courier
Russian language in retreat in Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine - The fidgeting, wide-eyed girls and boys squeezed around a table
in Elizaveta Moklyaks kindergarten class are helping lead a cultural and
Sixteen years after shrugging off Moscows rule, Ukraine is reclaiming a
language that like scores of other local languages across the former
U.S.S.R. the Soviet leadership once disdained as inferior to Russian.
Just two years ago, some Russian speaking regions in eastern Ukraine talked of
secession, fearing dominance by Ukrainian-speakers in the west. The language
debate was one of the most divisive of the 2004 Orange Revolution, which helped
oust Ukraines pro-Moscow leadership.
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