Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation evaluated the newly-passed law on the Ukrainian language. Mariya Zakharova, the spokeswoman of the Ministry claimed that the law foresees 'total Ukrainization' and contradicts the basic law of Ukraine, the country's constitution. TASS news agency quoted the official on April 25.
'It is basically the law on forced Ukrainization, in fact, a total Ukrainization. Its provisions foresee considerable limitations, and in some cases, even a direct ban of the use of the Russian language and those of national minorities in various areas of social life', reads the message.
Zakharova added that certain provisions of the law contradict a number of legal norms and the Constitution of Ukraine.
On April 25, the Ukrainian Parliament supported the law on the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state language. 278 MPs voted for the bill, which has been discussed and amended during the last two months. The document includes 2,500 amendments. It foresees that the President, Parliamentary Speaker, ministers, officials of all levels, teachers, judges, and doctors are obliged to know Ukrainian perfectly well. The law enforcement agencies and courts are bound to use Ukrainian, too. The document also concerns law enforcement agencies. Those breaking the law will face fines up to USD 377.