AFP GENYA SAVILOV
Ukrainian politician, leader of the “libertarian” party, Gennady Balashuf, strongly criticized the policy of his country’s government for its recent decision on the Russian language, noting that he used it in his speeches constantly.
He said in a statement to the local TV channel “Nash”, that he “always uses the Russian language in public speeches, as he considers it his right to use his mother tongue,” noting that there are 20 million people who speak Ukrainian and 300 million who speak Russian.
He added, “Culture in the Ukrainian language will not develop, because there is no place to promote it, and there is no one who uses it internationally,” stressing that “people have the right to communicate in the language spoken by their families.”
A Ukrainian plan “to guarantee the Ukrainian language as an official language”, and the final transition to use in the service sector in Ukraine, came into effect as of Saturday.
The law imposes on all service providers in the country, regardless of their form of ownership, the obligation to serve consumers and provide information about goods and services, exclusively in the Ukrainian language, while fines will be imposed on violators.
Services can be provided to clients, if they request it personally, in another language acceptable to both parties, including Russian.