The Nikolaev Regional Council Failed to Collect Enough Votes to “Abolish” the Russian Language

Translated by Ollie Richardson


Deputies of the Nikolaev regional council wasn’t able to gain the necessary number of votes for the cancellation of the Russian language’s status as a regional language.

As Ukrinform reports, 23 deputies out of the 33 needed voted for the draft decision. 19 people’s deputies abstained.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Vyacheslav Kirilenko expressed on Twitter the need to adopt the new law on the language policy.

The law “On the Fundamentals of the State Language Policy” came into force in August, 2012. According to the text of the document, Russian and other languages of ethnic minorities receive the status of regional languages in 13 Ukrainian regions. It practically equates them to a State language. After this a number of regional and city councils of the country made the decision to recognise Russian as a regional language.

In February, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada decided to consider the given law null and void. In the middle of the same year 57 deputies of parliament asked the Constitutional Court of the country to give an assessment of this law.

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