The Ternopol Region of Ukraine Banned the Public Use of the Russian Language

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


On November 6th the regional council of the Ternopol region, following in the footsteps of Lvov and Zhytomyr, imposed a moratorium on the use of the “Russian-speaking cultural product”. In addition, in accordance with the decision of the regional council, 2019 will be announced as the year of the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists in connection with the 90th anniversary of the date of the creation of this organisation.

As a reminder, on September 18th and on October 25th representatives of the local government established a ban on the public use of the Russian-speaking cultural product in the Lvov and Zhytomyr regions respectively.

On the official website of the Ternopol regional council it is emphasised that the decision to establish a moratorium on the public use of the Russian-speaking cultural product applies to any of its forms and will operate on the territory of the region “until the complete cessation of the occupation of the territory of Ukraine”.

Earlier the lawyers of Uspishna Varta noted that the decisions of local authorities to ban the “Russian-speaking cultural product” contradict Article 10 of the Constitution of Ukraine, where it is specified that the free development, use, and protection of Russian and other languages of national minorities in Ukraine is guaranteed, and also do not correspond to the Law “On Culture”.

Also, human rights activists emphasised that draft laws on the ban of the “Russian world” – No. 9200 and No. 9139, which suggest to make changes to the Law of Ukraine “On the Condemnation of the Communist and National-Socialist (Nazi) Totalitarian Regimes in Ukraine and the prohibition of the propaganda of their symbols” – contradict the norms of national and international law.

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