#Commentary of Olga Makeyeva on Russian language reinforcing status of official language

Today, a draft law “On languages in the Donetsk People’s Republic” was registered on the International Day of Native Language in the People’s Council. A language issue was politicized both in the USSR and Ukraine, it was constantly being used for manipulations and propaganda.

Initially, we, in the Donetsk People’s Republic, took a course to put an end to the Ukrainian discourse, in which the language issue was used to divide and incite hatred. Thus, the Constitution of the DPR stipulates that we have two state languages – the Russian and Ukrainian languages. However, there is no legislative regulation of some issues concerning the language policy of the Republic, which can again become a reason for manipulation at the moment.

During five years that have passed since the establishment of our state, there is a situation where the Russian language has become common in an official dialogue. We fix the situation by adopting this draft law, introduce such notions as “official language”, “foreign language”, “native language” and “ethnic language” in the legislative field.

The Russian language reinforcing status of an official language implies, among other things, the strengthening of the ties of the Donetsk People’s Republic’s citizens with their compatriots, who reside in the states that were formerly members of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, primarily in the Russian Federation.

I am certain that the adoption of this draft law will make integration processes with Russia more effective, and will be another step towards strengthening our cultural and historical ties.

Olga Makeyeva, the Deputy Chairman of the DPR’s People’s Council

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