Disinfo: The Venice Commission published an opinion about the facts of gross discrimination of Russian language and minority languages in the Edcuation Law of Ukraine


On December 10, the Venice Commission published an opinion about the facts of gross discrimination of Russian language and minority languages in the Edcuation Law


Misleading. In fact, the Venice Commission does not mention “facts of gross discrimination” but states:

"However, paragraph 4 of Article 7 provides no solution for languages which are not official languages of the EU, in particular the Russian language, as the most widely used language apart from the state language. The less favourable treatment of these languages is difficult to justify and therefore raises issues of discrimination."

The Venice Commission recommends in particular:

 to enter, within the framework of the implementation of the new Education Law, into a new dialogue with representatives of national minorities and all interested parties on the language of education.

 to ensure that the implementation of the Law does not endanger the preservation of the minorities’ cultural heritage and the continuity of minority language education in traditional schools.

www.venice.coe.int/webforms/documents/?pdf=CDL-AD(2017)030-e, .

Further debunking by Stopfake.org www.stopfake.org/manipulyatsiya-venetsianskaya-komissiya-priznala-diskriminatsiyu-russkogo-yazyka-v-ukraine/, .


  • Reported in: Issue 92
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/12/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Russian language


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