The Ukrainian constitutional court will continue to review the law on the use of the Russian language 19 Jan

KIEV, January 13. /TASS/. The constitutional court of Ukraine on 19 January once again considered the law “On principles of state language policy”, which regulates the scope of application of the Russian language and other languages of national minorities in the country. This is stated on the court’s website.


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“The continuation of the proceedings on the constitutional representation 57 people’s deputies of Ukraine concerning compliance of the Constitution of Ukraine (constitutionality) of the law of Ukraine “On principles of state language policy” (closed part of the plenary session). Beginning at 12:00 (Kyiv local time or 13:00 MSK)” – said in the message .

In December discussing this issue during the two-day plenary meetings in the form of oral hearings, most speakers called for the repeal of the law. The witnesses in this case assert that the document was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada with violation of regulations, and some articles of the law contradict the Constitution.

The court also considered this question in the closed mode, however, no decision on the outcome of the meeting was not made public.

Russian language received the regional status

The law “On principles of state language policy”, which is called the law of Kivalov-Kolesnichenko (MPs from the Party of regions), the Verkhovna Rada adopted on 3 June 2012. His statement was accompanied by protests of nationalists, blocking of the parliamentary rostrum and fights in a sessional hall. The nationalists argued that the document is aimed at the Russification of Ukraine, threatens the state and is a step towards implementation of the official status of the Russian language.

In accordance with the document, Russian language received the regional status where it is native at least for 10 percent of the population. According to official data, the Russian language was to receive the status regional in 13 of 27 areas.

August 8, President Viktor Yanukovych signed the law and instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to establish a working group to develop proposals to improve legislation on the use of languages in Ukraine. The law came into force on 10 August.

In 2012, the Odessa regional and city councils, Kharkiv, Kherson, Mykolaiv, Zaporizhia, Sevastopol, Dnipropetrovsk and Luhansk city councils, Krasnyi Luch city Council (Luhansk region), Zaporizhia, Donetsk, Kherson, Mykolaiv and Dnipropetrovsk regional councils made the decision on the recognition of the Russian language regional.

However, on 24 February 2014, immediately after the state coup, the Verkhovna Rada at the initiative of deputies from the nationalist party “Svoboda” voted for the abolition of the law “On principles of state language policy”. However, the law remained unsigned by the President. Performing at the time acting President, Verkhovna Rada Chairman Oleksandr Turchynov refused to sign the new law as long as Parliament does not pass a new law on languages. Thus, the abolition of the language law has not entered into force.

In July 2014 57 deputies of the Verkhovna Rada sent to the constitutional court representation about cancellation. They asked to cancel the law “in connection with discrepancy to the provisions of the Constitution of Ukraine”.

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