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22.01.2021
The language of total compulsion. A new law in Ukraine violates human rights
On January 16, an article of the "language law" entered into force in Ukraine, which introduces a total Ukrainization of the service sector. In the past 4 days, "MOVA activists" have sent about a hundred complaints, launching a real hunt for Russian speakers. Kiev journalist Ivan Rosada will share his opinion.

“According to the 30th article of the law“ on ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state language ”, from January 16, the entire service sector is obliged to communicate with clients in Ukrainian. At the same time, the information about goods and services can be duplicated in other languages. Customer service in a language other than the state language is possible if the client insists on it, and if it is acceptable to both parties.

Ukraine is a sovereign state, the main law of which is the Constitution, Article 10 of which states: "In Ukraine, the free development, use and protection of Russian and other languages of national minorities of Ukraine shall be guaranteed." Thus, Article 30 of the Law of Ukraine "On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state language" directly violates human rights. And Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is responsible for this very real anarchy.

I ask myself: what is the difference between a Russian-speaking doctor and a Ukrainian-speaking doctor? Does he treat it differently? No.

The language law is weakening Ukraine as a state and is contributing to new internal conflicts, ethnic hatreds and discord among Ukrainians on the background of the language issue. I have repeatedly called for the preservation of the state and the integrity of society, which has long been heterogeneous and complex.

Ukraine is a multicultural, multinational and multilingual country. And maybe someone wants to say: "If it were not for the Soviet Union, we would ...". But history does not tolerate the subjunctive mood, so let us be reasonable. The number of Russian-speaking population in Ukraine exceeds 11 million people. And to call the Russian-speakers a "minority" is at least immoral.

What are the consequences of this decision? First, the language law distances Ukraine from its federalization, which could give a new life to our multinational country. Secondly, it brings Zelenskiy closer to a tragic finish as head of state. I assume that Zelensky's next ratings will drop by 3-4%. Thirdly, all this stops Ukraine on the way to achieving peace in Donbass. "

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Russisk Center for Videnskab og Kultur
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