Language law in Ukraine 2012/8/1 23:49:59

Kryvonis: “The Ukrainian language was suppressed for far too long to be generous now to the people whose government was so brutal in suppressing the Ukrainian language for generations. Russians in Ukraine do not want to be regarded as a 'minority,' but they are.”

Jesep: “…President Barack Obama’s Administration, as evidenced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s outspoken comments, has never missed an opportunity to highlight Ukraine’s rapid slide toward authoritarianism.  Her remarks have helped to keep the spotlight on the corrupt dust settling over Ukraine.”

“Bishop Jesep’s article is scientifically and morally correct on all points.”

“Any time there are restrictions on someone else’s liberties then everyone’s freedom is under threat.  Suppression of freedom starts incrementally.  It begins with suppressing minorities the majority doesn’t understand.  Tsars and Communists thought Ukrainians were a minority and suppressed the culture and language and attempted to suffocate the country’s national identity.”

Impeach Yanukovych? 2012/7/16 22:27:51

Bishop Jesep: “Viktor Fedorovych has attempted to bring about authoritarianism in Ukraine comparable to his friend in Muscovy.  Yet the impeachment initiative underscores that despite efforts to suppress political competitiveness, Ukraine still has a strong, diverse opposition fighting for reform and fundamental democratic principles.”

 

The Yanukovych regime’s handling of the language law “is a classic example of its utter hypocrisy.”

Noted political expert says that after the major scandals that have damaged Ukraine’s reputation internationally, the Yanukovych administration will attempt to use the elections as a means of rehabilitation

 

The commentary below by Svitlana Kononchuk, Head, Politics Department of the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research (UCIPR), seeks to bring clarity to some of the options in the upcoming Ukrainian parliamentary elections. 

In a new report on Ukraine, Freedom House says “problems have grown considerably worse, especially in the area of selective prosecution of opposition figures and corruption.”

“Language, in this case Ukrainian, should be used to unite the country as one people. Encouraging the use of Russian in judicial and governmental activities in the East and Crimea will further a social and cultural divide.  Your job as a national leader is to bring people together, not play them off of one another.”

 

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