[lg policy] Russian language keeps regional status in Zaporizhia region

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Fri Nov 30 11:14:03 EST 2018


Russian language keeps regional status in Zaporizhia region
The deputies of Zaporizhia City Council did not get enough votes to cancel
the decision made earlier
12:35, 29 November 2018
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Zaporizhia City Council
Zaporizhia City Council <http://zp.gov.ua/ru>

Zaporizhia City Council failed the voting for the cancelation of the
decision to give the Russian language
<https://112.international/article/ukraine-marks-day-of-ukrainian-writing-and-language-33981.html>
a regional status, as UNN reported
<https://www.unn.com.ua/ru/news/1764968-u-zaporizhzhi-ne-zmogli-pozbaviti-rosiysku-movu-statusu-regionalnoyi>
.

November 28, the deputies considered the draft decision “On cancellation of
the decision of Zaporizhia City Council,” which intended to cancel the
following decisions:
*Related: *A word about Hungary-Ukraine language conflict
<https://112.international/opinion/a-word-about-hungary-ukraine-language-conflict-33537.html>

   - “On providing Russian language with a regional status”;
   - “On rebroadcasting Russian TV channels in Zaporizhia cable systems”;
   - “On protection of the rights of Zaporizhia residents for information”
   (2008);
   - “To create the conditions for the further development of Russian
   language in Zaporizhia” (2007);
   - “On carrying out a survey on the regional status of the Russian
   language in Zaporizhia”.

22 deputies supported the draft decision, nobody voted “against”, 19 have
abstained. 33 votes were required to adopt the decision.
*Related: *Army, language, and faith - three pillars of Poroshenko's
pre-election game
<https://112.international/article/army-language-and-faith-three-pillars-of-poroshenkos-pre-election-game-33262.html>

Earlier we reported that the status of Ukraine's state language will be
endorsed
<https://112.international/politics/poroshenko-to-sign-decree-on-endorsing-status-of-ukrainian-language-26398.html>
over
the course of the next ten years when the government implements the
respective program.

On February 28, 2018, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine produced a ruling
in regards to whether the law “On the principles of the state language
policy”
<https://112.international/politics/constitutional-court-decides-on-kolesnychenko-kivalov-language-law-26087.html>
#5029-VI
(the so-called “Kolesnychenko-Kivalov” law).
*Related: *Ukraine's parliament supports draft bill on state language as
basis
<https://112.international/ukraine-top-news/ukraines-parliament-supports-draft-bill-on-state-language-as-basis-32862.html>

The Law "On the Principles of language policy"
<https://112.international/article/the-history-of-ukraines-language-legislation-13452.html>was
submitted to the Verkhovna Rada by MPs Vadym Kolesnichenko and Serhiy
Kivalov. According to the law, the language of the Verkhovna Rada and acts
of public authorities, is Ukrainian. When it comes to the language of
elections, referendums, science, and education - the focus is on the human
right to freely use any language.

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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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