January 3, 2019  |  Updated March 20, 2019

Fake: Ukraine to Punish Speakers who Refuse to Use Ukrainian

By StopFake

Legislation on the use of the Ukrainian language and resolutions or programs aimed at strengthening the use of Ukrainian are fertile fodder for the Russian propaganda machine. After centuries of state enforced Russification and official policy, during Czarist and Communist rule aimed at imposing Russian as the main language in Ukraine, the country is attempting to strengthen the position of Ukrainian as the state language through legislation. Each such attempt however, is greeted with howls of protests from Moscow, and accusations that Kyiv is violating the rights of national minorities and discriminating against the Russian language.

Ukraine’s new language law which is being currently discussed and tweaked by Ukraine’s legislators is no exception. The Kremlin fawning publication Ukraina.ru has outdone itself this time, declaring that Ukrainian MPs have voted to create language inspectors – the sprechen führers – Ukraina.ru calls them, who will monitor what language people speak and punish them accordingly.

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