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Representatives of Kyiv City Council advocate the exclusive use of the Ukrainian state language on the territory of the city and propose to ban Russian completely.

Summary of Disinformation

Representatives of Kyiv City Council advocate the exclusive use of the Ukrainian state language on the territory of the city and propose to ban Russian completely.

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This fake story uses a draft proposal by Kyiv City Council member Yuriy Syrotiuk registered on March 11. Syrotiuk proposes to establish that Ukrainian be used in city advertising, record keeping and official communication with the residents of the city. There is absolutely no mention of prohibiting Russian in any public or private sphere. Paragraph 3 of the draft decision clearly states that "Use of other languages is possible on request". According to Ukraine’s Constitution and the Law on languages, every person is guaranteed the right to choose the language he or she wishes to speak and no restrictions have ever been enacted limiting that choice (bit.ly/1RxchEh), .

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Reported in: Issue 21
Date: 19.03.2016
Language: English
Country: Russia, Ukraine
Keywords: Russian language
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: ukraina.ru
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