Half of Ukrainians want higher status of Russian language

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Sat Aug 4 13:36:22 UTC 2007


Half of Ukrainians want higher status of Russian language

03.08.2007, 21.10


 DONETSK, August 3 (Itar-Tass) -- Nearly half of Ukrainian citizens think
that the status of the Russian language in Ukraine must be changed, says a
report entitled "Socio-Political Preferences and Electoral Feelings of
Ukrainian Citizens."

The Ukrainian Sociological Service based the report on results of a poll,
which was held nationwide on July 16-25.

Nearly 24% of 26,000 respondents said that the Russian language should
acquire the state status in Ukraine, while another 23% said that the Russian
language should receive the official status in areas compactly populated by
ethnic Russians.

Nearly 46% of the respondents bluntly said no to any changes in the language
policy of the Ukrainian state.

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