Vladislav Berdichevsky: Law on exclusivity of Ukrainian language contradicts Constitution of Ukraine and norms of European law

The Deputy of the DPR’s People’s Council Vladislav Berdichevsky commented on the provisions of the law, which ensures the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the official state one and was adopted on April 25, 2019, in an interview to the Donetsk News Agency.

According to the deputy, the law does not establish the legal status of the Russian language, which is spoken by a large part of the Ukrainian population.

ʺThe linguistic norm of the information environment, education and culture is enshrined in the law. Public officials will have to speak only Ukrainian in all multi-ethnic regions of Ukraine. The Ukrainian language should be used even in the service sector.

The Russian language is not recognized as the language used by the national minority and, despite the fact, at least half of the population of Ukraine is Russian-speaking population. Now people can use it exclusively for personal communication. The law discriminates against this very section of the population, however the issues of anti-constitutionality of its provisions are of the least concern to those who stand at the centre of power in Ukraine,ʺ the deputy said.

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