[lg policy] Russian language loses its regional status in Mykolaiv region

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Fri Aug 3 13:47:36 EDT 2018


 Russian language loses its regional status in Mykolaiv region
By *Interfax-Ukraine* <https://www.kyivpost.com/author/interfax-ukraine>.
Published Aug. 1 at 11:50 am
People in front of Mykolaiv City Council which is said to be built as a
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Mykolaiv District Administrative Court has satisfied a lawsuit lodged by
the regional prosecutor’s office to invalidate the decision made by
Mykolaiv Regional Council in 2012 to grant Russian the status of a regional
language.

“Mykolaiv District Administrative Court satisfied a lawsuit filed by the
first deputy prosecutor of Mykolaiv region on recognizing as unlawful and
invalid the Mykolaiv Regional Council decision No. 4 of September 7, 2012,
on the implementation of the requirements of the law of Ukraine on the
foundations of the state language policy in Mykolaiv region,” the press
service of the prosecutor’s office reported on July 31.

The regional prosecutor’s office recalled that by its decision the regional
council recognized in 2012 that in Mykolaiv region, along with Ukrainian as
a state language, Russian is used as a regional language, and measures
aimed at using regional languages are applied to it.

At the same time, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine in February this year
recognized this law as being not in accordance with the main law of the
country, and the decisions and conclusions of the Constitutional Court are
binding and final. In accordance with Article 10 of the Constitution of
Ukraine, Ukrainian is the state language in Ukraine.

“Since the regional council did not take measures independently to bring
the decision into line with the current legislation, the first deputy
regional prosecutor appealed to the court to invalidate the decision of the
regional council to grant Russian the status of a regional language. The
court agreed with the prosecutor’s arguments, recognizing Mykolaiv Regional
Council’s decision as unlawful and invalid,” the report says.


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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/

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