Translated by Ollie Richardson
The Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov at a hearing on the case of the overthrown President Viktor Yanukovych refused to speak Ukrainian, and said that he will use the “Slobozhan” dialect, which represents a mixture of the Russian and Ukrainian languages and is mainly used by residents of the southeastern districts of the Sumy and Kharkov region.
The former deputy head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Marina Stavniychuk reported about such a decision by the Minister of Internal Affairs.
“Arsen Avakov made a scientific and linguistic discovery. He said that he ‘in court will use the Slobozhan language, which is still called Russian’,” wrote Stavniychuk on her page on Facebook.
She was indignant that the minister, “who is obliged to know and use the State Ukrainian language”, ignores this rule, and also expressed her puzzlement over the statement about the existence of such a language.
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