The drama of oligarchic dictatorship and nationalist revanche in Ukraine

A torch-lit procession held in memory of Ukrainian nationalist leader Stepan Bandera gathered over a thousand in central Kyiv on 1 January 2017. Photo: UNIAN

A torch-lit procession held in memory of Ukrainian nationalist leader Stepan Bandera gathered over a thousand in central Kyiv on 1 January 2017. Photo: UNIAN 

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Article by: Serhiy Dyatsiuk

In difficult times, it is extremely destructive to offer simple answers to complex questions and simple reactions to such simple answers.

There is no simple answer to feelings of national passion. They have always been a source of energy, both historically and socially, but such powerful emotions have often brought countries to a standstill if public intellectuals and opinion leaders offer simple recipes based on national egoism and self-interest.

The Ukrainian Language

In Ukraine, as soon as the government begins losing public support, we immediately see radical discussions about the Ukrainian language. Both the government and the oligarchs play their cards right, but these discussions never get to the heart of the problem.

The mechanisms for this linguistic manipulation have been worked out so well that everyone plunges into these discussions without giving it a second thought. However, the most important fact to remember is the humiliation of the Ukrainian language in colonial Ukraine, which it remained until 2014.

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Serhiy Dyatsiuk, writer, philosopher

It was not necessary to know Ukrainian until recently because many Ukrainians believed it was more civilized to speak Russian, and Ukrainian politics were oriented towards Russia. The situation changed somewhat with the Revolution of Dignity and continues to move slowly along this path. However, excluding and isolating Russian-speakers, many of whom are now gradually moving from Russian to Ukrainian, means humiliating them for their linguistic and ethnic characteristics, intimidating and pressuring them, and reproducing the imperialistic policy that Russia adopted towards Ukrainian throughout the centuries.

How to make the Ukrainian language competitive in a globally connected digital world?

We really do need a modern Ukrainian language, but not by banning Russian, but by competing with it both on the cultural and economic plane. The Ukrainian language became more popular after the Revolution of Dignity (2013-2015) as it offered an innovative discourse that the Russian language did not.

Only by continuing and strengthening such innovations will Ukraine stay on course, mainly by promoting the following:

  1. providing translations of the best and most popular modern literature into Ukrainian;
  2. creating TV programs and series with interesting and intellectually stimulating intrigues to counter broadcasts of militarized Russian productions;
  3. ensuring digital quality – Android devices and iPhones powered by artificial intelligence should “speak” Ukrainian, just as they “speak” Russian and many other languages, etc.

Nationalist language policy is based on very simple measures – prohibit, disconnect, alienate, isolate, etc. In other words, such a policy is itself an obstacle to the free and competitive development of language and culture.

In this sense, a nationalist policy is subject to criticism. But, is it at all possible to criticize Ukrainian nationalists in our country?

Ukrainian nationalists are very similar to Jews in their reactions to criticism. Just try making a critical allusion, and you’ll be labeled an anti-Semite by the Jewish community or a Ukrainophobe and traitor by Ukrainian nationalists.

A deeply traumatized collective national consciousness always reacts very radically and promptly to any allusions, even if they are symbolic.

However, this was just a comparison and I don’t want to speak about the Jewish question, but rather about Ukrainians and their inferiority complex.

Hate speech, collective suspicion and revenge, and revanchism are all signs of a deep-seated inferiority complex.

Only a healthy psyche can generate honesty and fairness. Only a healthy collective consciousness can generate dignity and lead to self-respect and greatness personified in a newly created elite.

Nationalists vs Oligarchs

Before criticizing, we should try to understand Ukrainian nationalists in the current situation. Today, Ukrainian nationalists suffer from the many years of humiliation imposed by Russia on the Ukrainian language and culture.

First of all, they are offended by the fact that until recently they were the only ones who spoke out against Russia, underlining that Russia was Ukraine’s enemy, that nothing good would come from Russia, and finally that Russia must be challenged and countered in every way possible. When the war started, Ukrainian society didn’t remember their warning and pretended that Russian aggression and hostility appeared only in 2014.

The second slap in the face for Ukrainian nationalists is linked to the Euromaidan revolution. They were the most passionate and dedicated fighters against the Yanukovych regime; they stood at the forefront of the bloody confrontations on the Maidan. Instead, Ukrainian society kicked the Svoboda Party out of Parliament, and didn’t give any political preferences to Pravy Sektor, which they basically deserved.

The third unpardonable injustice for Ukrainian nationalists is linked to their participation in the war in Eastern Ukraine. They were among the first volunteers to defend Ukraine. And what happened next? The government canalized their passion and emotions, forcing Ukraine to accept the Minsk Agreements.

Therefore, Ukrainian nationalists got nothing from the Revolution or the war because Ukrainian society obviously fears them, especially their categorical directives promoting violence and prohibition.

And yet, Ukrainian nationalists are using all these acts of injustice as a right to enhance their moral superiority. But, what do they offer from this position of moral superiority?

Moral superiority should generate constructive and positive development – how to develop the Ukrainian language and culture, how to modernize them, how to build a future and create universal contexts so that our language and culture are focused on a civilizing process and are able to meet global expectations.

Instead, Ukrainian nationalists stir up negative emotional processes – envy, contempt, suspicion, hatred, retaliation and revenge.

Instead of strategic policy and worked-out plans, we get prohibition, isolation, and persecution. Instead of positive civic unity in the context of a political nation, we get discord in the context of an ethnic nation. Instead of solidarity, we get tribalism. Instead of professional competition, we get nepotism and parochialism.

In social terms, this can lead to tragic consequences because such an emotional and prescriptive position results in a nationalist dictatorship.

Let’s look at the role of Ukrainian nationalists in the present and the near future.

Despite Euromaidan, civil self-organization and brief attempts at reform, the Ukrainian government has embraced an oligarchic process and continues to enrich its followers. Moreover, the Minsk Agreements were initiated in order to preserve an oligarchic economy at the expense of fragmenting the country at the mercy of cowardly Europeans.

After the Revolution of Dignity, the oligarchs continued their extortion policies, accumulated more money, and stole blatantly from their own citizens. Within the Minsk Agreements, Ukrainian authorities tried to violate the Constitution, while the oligarchs began smuggling operations on the occupied territories.

Civil society stood up again and protested, organized a commercial blockade of the occupied territories and blocked Russian banks. But in this case, civil resistance forced the Ukrainian government to move towards an oligarchic dictatorship.

Again, some of the biggest supporters of the Donbas trade blockade were Ukrainian nationalists. Their position is clear: they refuse to participate in Parliament, thus allowing themselves to be even more critical and radical than the parliamentary opposition parties.

The nationalists are responding to the threat of oligarchic dictatorship by stirring up feelings of nationalist revanchism and mobilizing civil groups under the banner of nationalism. In this case, a nationalist dictatorship is just as likely as an oligarchic one because the first is seen as an alternative and a lesser evil.

Why have Ukrainian nationalists remained so passionate about their cause and why have they developed such great revolutionary potential?

This has happened because many Euromaidan activists have lost their revolutionary passion. There are three reasons:

  1. The EU and Ukraine signed the Association Agreement on March 21, 2014 (political provisions) and on June 27, 2014 (economic provisions), so Euromaidan’s first demand was fully carried out;
  2. Visa-free travel in the EU will soon be introduced, so Euromaidan’s second demand looks to be fulfilled;
  3. Many activists participated in reform processes, which resulted in only partial changes, leading to general disappointment, internal arguments, discord, etc. Pro-EU integration activists are not as passionate as they were on the barricades of the Maidan.

Nationalists have not taken part in these weak reform processes instigated by the current government, so their passion and determination with regard to social issues remain strong and convincing. So, we are now faced with a dramatic choice: oligarchic dictatorship or nationalist authoritarianism.

If our society has managed to react strongly and negatively towards the dictatorial aspirations of the current Ukrainian oligarchic government because it has gained a certain measure of social competence and resistance to oligarchic dictates since the independence of Ukraine in 1991, it does not know how to react to the dictatorial orientation of the Ukrainian nationalist movement.

What the language debate really translates into is recognizing or not recognizing the negative emotional and directive objectives outlined by nationalists, namely revenge on, and suspicion and hatred of Russians and Russian speakers.

For many Ukrainians, the easiest way out of this turmoil and the best way to solve the Russian-Ukrainian conflict is to persecute Russian speakers in Ukraine.

This allegedly easy way out may lead to an authoritarian nationalist state that will be just as devastating as an oligarchic dictatorship.

Nationalism and civil society

Civil society is based on mutual trust and solidarity. Nationalists encourage suspicion and revenge, thus destroying trust. Through extortion and a policy of social discrimination, oligarchs destroy solidarity. Nationalists and oligarchs are both sectarian and enemies of civil society.

By putting aside negative nationalist policies of retaliation and revenge and promoting honesty, solidarity and trust, we will be able to create a new civic elite.

We, Ukrainians, need to look deep into our souls and ask ourselves whether we can do it. If we don’t stand together to overcome nationalist policies of suspicion, hatred and revanchism, if we don’t have enough faith and honesty to dethrone the oligarchs and their rackets, then we need to prepare for a dictatorship – the first, the second or both together.

A nationalist dictatorship is no better than an oligarchic dictatorship. Although their origins are different, they equally inhibit and restrict freedom and human rights. But, the worst scenario is when these two dictatorships blend into one powerful entity.

We need a radically different policy, based on completely different mechanisms.

From the very beginning, our pro-European passion was dubious and consumer-oriented, so it’s not worth considering it any further. Nationalist passion is very dangerous and should be under public scrutiny and control. The dominant emotion guiding Ukrainian society should be civil passion that focuses on civilizing and global aspirations.

The dominant emotion guiding Ukrainian society should be a civil passion that focuses on civilizing and global aspirations.

By putting aside negative nationalist policies of retaliation and revenge and promoting honesty, solidarity and trust, we will be able to create a new civic elite. Civic rather than nationalist identity will generate a meaningful and promising movement of different communities. Instigating civilizing processes instead of submitting to European dictates will energize our society and strengthen our community. We, the people, should demolish the oligarchic system and initiate a new competitive economy without extreme nationalist slogans.

By launching a cultural policy of “promoting otherness” and not “clinging to our own”, we will find a place for others as true friends of Ukraine. And, by focusing on innovation rather than copying foreign reform models, we will be able to work out our own principles and objectives, develop and grow independently.

Confronting difficult questions, complicated answers, and complex reactions instead of raising simple questions, answers and reactions – these are the only way to overcome an oligarchic dictatorship and nationalist revanchism.

Translated by: Christine Chraibi
Source: Abridged from Ukrayinska Pravda

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  • Alex George

    The positive promotion of the Ukrainian language is a point well made. Banning Russian (which will never work anyway) will only lead to alienation of Russian-speakers, many of whom have been among the strongest supporters of an independent Ukraine. Positively encouraging the use of Ukrainian, by translating important works into it and making sure that it receives due facilitation, will ensure that its use spread.

    Another thing that will encourage the use of Ukrainian is, paradoxically, increased use of English. Ukraine’s economy is built on trade, and that means a trade language will be necessary – as English displaces Russian as the international trade language in Ukraine, it means that Russian will become less important.

    English is no longer the language of my people, but an international language, much as Latin was during the Middle Ages. It is no threat to Ukrainian, any more than it is e.g. a threat to the use of German in Germany. Rather it can help Ukrainian by making Russian less important.

    • Andrew Chmile

      “Alex George” — A **LYING** RUSSO-MONGOLIAN MOLE/TROLL — that hides it’s posting profile rote Most STUPIDLY:

      “Another thing that will encourage the use of Ukrainian is,
      paradoxically, increased use of English.”

      How exactly does THAT **HELP** the Ukrainian LANGUAGE stupid, lying Russo-mongolian POS?

      ” Ukraine’s economy is built on
      trade, and that means a trade language will be necessary – as English
      displaces Russian as the international trade language in Ukraine, it
      means that Russian will become less important.”

      Huh?
      But OBVIOUSLY — UKRAINIAN will STILL DECLINE — & even faster! As English AND RUSKI continue on — RIGHT RUSKI MOLE?

      WHAT you are writing DOES *NOTHING* for Ukrainian! NOTHING at all!

      NOR DOES IT AT ALL **PROMOTE** UKRAINIAN!
      In fact, you are being “clever” (NOT!!!) here by “thinking” to fool us in this STUPID, CHILDISH way! :)))

      WRONG RUSSO-MONGOLIAN TROLL & MOLE!!!
      You are ATTEMPTING to be “CLEVER”.

      SCREW YOUR **INFERIOR** — **ARCHAIC** — and **UGLY** sounding
      BS semi-Asiatic CONSONANT HEAVY, ARTIFICIALLY CREATED from a
      SOUTH BULGARIAN DIALECT !!! — IT IS SH^T!

      How did the UKRAINIAN LANGUAGE AS A PERCENTAGE DECLINE IN UKRAINE & RUSSIAN INCREASE SO MUCH?

      ANYTHING TO DO WITH ALL THOSE LANGUAGE ***BANS** BY polaks & Ruski? WELL?

      **FORCED* USE OF RUSKI IN SCHOOLS & CHURCHES & **BANNING** OF **ALL** UKRAINIAN LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION IN UKRAINE —- OVER CENTURIES!

      What about Russia *FINANCING* & *PUSHING* RUSSIAN IN UKRAINE — YOU IGNORE THAT! — ALL THAT — DON’T YOU?

      THE **DELIBERATE** PUSHING OF RUSSIAN LANGUAGE RADIO & TV & PRINT MEDIA — & EVEN TO THE POINT OF **IGNORING** MARKET DEMAND FOR UKRAINIAN MEDIA?

      THIS HAS BEEN NOTED MANY TIMES BEFORE!!!

      “English is no longer the language of my people,”

      YOU ARE NOT AT ALL “ENGLISH” BUT A LYING RUSKI MOLE — WHO AT TIMES MAKES CLEARLY RUSSO-MONGOLIAN SCREW-UPS! :))
      Remember? 😉 You –STUPIT– faqqot! 😉

      ” but an international
      language, much as Latin was during the Middle Ages. It is no threat to
      Ukrainian,”

      BUT RUSKI IS!!!
      DID YOU FORGET THE CENTRAL THESIS? — for some most odd reason? 😉

      ” any more than it is e.g. a threat to the use of German in
      Germany. Rather it can help Ukrainian by making Russian less important.”

      HUH? WTF ?!?!

      — ARE YOU HIGH?
      You have a RUSKI DIK in your mouth Ruski LANGUAGE MAJOR?
      Or up yo’ @SS?

      “[English] .. It is no threat to Ukrainian, any more than it is e.g. a threat to the
      use of German in Germany. Rather it can help Ukrainian by making Russian
      less important.”

      ??!!! YOU ARE STUPID EVEN FOR A RUSSIAN!
      Russian is the ENEMY LANGUAGE! – No one is at all “worried” about English! So YTF do you make “reassuring noises” to DISTRACT you scumbag? Fooled “Scradje” I see … so good for you there, eh? :(

      After Ukraine became independent from the Russo-mongolians — UKRAINIAN WAS MANDATED AS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE FOR GOVERNMENT USAGE FOR 22 YEARS — UNTIL THAT ***TRAITOR** Yanukovych.

      You also DARE write: “Banning Russian (which will never work anyway) will only lead to alienation of Russian-speakers,”

      — RUSSIAN was NOT **BANNED** — But UKRAINIAN was *weakly* encouraged! AS A GOVERNMENT LANGUAGE!!! — BUT NOT STRONGLY ENOUGH!

      For the 22 years that was the case — THE STUPID **HYSTERICAL** RUSSO-MONGOLANS were not at all SCREAMING about: GENOCIDE OF RUSSIAN SPEAKERS!!!!!
      A-A-A-A-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-E-E-E-Eeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Now were they you LYING Ruski faggot?

      So bring it back (the law) to what it was BEFORE YANUKOVYCH TRAITOR!!!

      If Russophone FIGHTERS like AZOV, ADAR etc.. can study & learn Ukrainian, no problem, is there? NOR is there any “alienation of Russian-speakers”.

      Yanukowych made Russian a “regional language” WHERE EVER THERE WAS A ***CLAIM** OF 10% of “Ruski speakers”. Well — WTF DID **THAT** DO?

      BRING BACK THE OLD LAE — THERE FOR 22 YEARS — AND LIKE THE FRENCH, BALTIC NATIONS — etc… INCREASE RADIO, TV, MEDIA CONTENT! — WHICH THEY NEVER DID BEFORE!!

      Have the LANGUAGE OF **INSTRUCTION** IN STATE FUNDED SCHOOLS BE UKR. — offer English classes…

      THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO UKR. LANGUAGE SCHOOLS IN RUSSIA!!!
      Wonder why?

    • Andrew Chmile

      PART 1

      —– Hmm….. somehow :)
      SOMEONE USED “cancel moose” on my post here? :)
      What a great surprise! 😉

      “Alex George” — A **LYING** RUSSO-MONGOLIAN MOLE/TROLL — that hides it’s posting profile rote Most STUPIDLY:

      “Another thing that will encourage the use of Ukrainian is,
      paradoxically, increased use of English.”

      How exactly does THAT **HELP** the Ukrainian LANGUAGE stupid, lying Russo-mongolian POS?

      ” Ukraine’s economy is built on
      trade, and that means a trade language will be necessary – as English
      displaces Russian as the international trade language in Ukraine, it
      means that Russian will become less important.”

      Huh?
      But OBVIOUSLY — UKRAINIAN will STILL DECLINE — & even faster! As English AND RUSKI continue on — RIGHT RUSKI MOLE?

      • Alex George

        Ah yes, Andrew the Putin troll is back – now pushing an illusory “neutrality” between east and west for Ukraine. Just as his master Putin and the FSB push the same thing.

        Yes, greater knowledge of English will decrease the speaking of Russian in Ukraine, and promote the Ukrainian language. The reason should be obvious:
        Other countries do not speak Ukrainian and never will, therefore Ukrainians wil always need a second language. If they don’t have English as teir second language, then inevitably Russian will continue as the trade language, which will also orientate them to doing business in the Russian world.

        No, use of English will not suppress Ukrainian. Just look at many other countries in the world that use English as a second or trade language and it does no harm to their native language.

        And stop pretending to be Ukrainian. You aren’t, nor do you live there, nor do you speak the Ukrainian language.

    • Andrew Chmile

      PART 2 — as SOME RUSKI CENSORING COWARDLY POS — used “cancel moose” on my post “here” — to anti-UKR. LANGUAGE *MOLE* “Alex George”

      Part 2 now…

      WHAT you are writing DOES *NOTHING* for Ukrainian! NOTHING at all!

      NOR DOES IT AT ALL **PROMOTE** UKRAINIAN!
      In fact, you are being “clever” (NOT!!!) here by “thinking” to fool us in this STUPID, CHILDISH way! :)))

      WRONG RUSSO-MONGOLIAN TROLL & MOLE!!!
      You are ATTEMPTING to be “CLEVER”.

      SCREW YOUR **INFERIOR** — **ARCHAIC** — and **UGLY** sounding
      BS semi-Asiatic CONSONANT HEAVY, ARTIFICIALLY CREATED from a
      SOUTH BULGARIAN DIALECT !!! — IT IS SH^T!

      How did the UKRAINIAN LANGUAGE AS A PERCENTAGE DECLINE IN UKRAINE & RUSSIAN INCREASE SO MUCH?

      ANYTHING TO DO WITH ALL THOSE LANGUAGE ***BANS** BY polaks & Ruski? WELL?

      **FORCED*
      USE OF RUSKI IN SCHOOLS & CHURCHES & **BANNING** OF **ALL**
      UKRAINIAN LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION IN UKRAINE —- OVER CENTURIES!

      What about Russia *FINANCING* & *PUSHING* RUSSIAN IN UKRAINE — YOU IGNORE THAT! — ALL THAT — DON’T YOU?

      THE
      **DELIBERATE** PUSHING OF RUSSIAN LANGUAGE RADIO & TV & PRINT
      MEDIA — & EVEN TO THE POINT OF **IGNORING** MARKET DEMAND FOR
      UKRAINIAN MEDIA?

      THIS HAS BEEN NOTED MANY TIMES BEFORE!!!

      “English is no longer the language of my people,”

      YOU ARE NOT AT ALL “ENGLISH” BUT A LYING RUSKI MOLE — WHO AT TIMES MAKES CLEARLY RUSSO-MONGOLIAN SCREW-UPS! :))
      Remember? 😉 You –STUPIT– faqqot! 😉

      ” but an international
      language, much as Latin was during the Middle Ages. It is no threat to
      Ukrainian,”

      BUT RUSKI IS!!!
      DID YOU FORGET THE CENTRAL THESIS? — for some most odd reason? 😉

      • Alex George

        What on earth does “cancel moose” mean? Do you have a fetish for wild animals? ;o)

        And stop pretending to be Ukrainian. You aren’t, nor do you live in Ukraine, nor do you speak Ukrainian.

    • Andrew Chmile

      PART 3 OF 3

      ” any more than it is e.g. a threat to the use of German in
      Germany. Rather it can help Ukrainian by making Russian less important.”

      HUH? WTF ?!?!

      — ARE YOU HIGH?
      You have a RUSKI DIK in your mouth Ruski LANGUAGE MAJOR?
      Or up yo’ @SS?

      “[English] .. It is no threat to Ukrainian, any more than it is e.g. a threat to the
      use of German in Germany. Rather it can help Ukrainian by making Russian
      less important.”

      ??!!! YOU ARE STUPID EVEN FOR A RUSSIAN!
      Russian
      is the ENEMY LANGUAGE! – No one is at all “worried” about English! So
      YTF do you make “reassuring noises” to DISTRACT you scumbag? Fooled
      “Scradje” I see … so good for you there, eh? :(

      After Ukraine
      became independent from the Russo-mongolians — UKRAINIAN WAS MANDATED
      AS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE FOR GOVERNMENT USAGE FOR 22 YEARS — UNTIL THAT
      ***TRAITOR** Yanukovych.

      You also DARE write: “Banning Russian (which will never work anyway) will only lead to alienation of Russian-speakers,”

      — RUSSIAN was NOT **BANNED** — But UKRAINIAN was *weakly* encouraged! AS A GOVERNMENT LANGUAGE!!! — BUT NOT STRONGLY ENOUGH!

      For
      the 22 years that was the case — THE STUPID **HYSTERICAL**
      RUSSO-MONGOLANS were not at all SCREAMING about: GENOCIDE OF RUSSIAN
      SPEAKERS!!!!!
      A-A-A-A-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-E-E-E-Eeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Now were they you LYING Ruski faggot?

      So bring it back (the law) to what it was BEFORE YANUKOVYCH TRAITOR!!!

      If
      Russophone FIGHTERS like AZOV, ADAR etc.. can study & learn
      Ukrainian, no problem, is there? NOR is there any “alienation of
      Russian-speakers”.

      Yanukowych made Russian a “regional language”
      WHERE EVER THERE WAS A ***CLAIM** OF 10% of “Ruski speakers”. Well —
      WTF DID **THAT** DO?

      BRING BACK THE OLD LAE — THERE FOR 22 YEARS
      — AND LIKE THE FRENCH, BALTIC NATIONS — etc… INCREASE RADIO, TV,
      MEDIA CONTENT! — WHICH THEY NEVER DID BEFORE!!

      Have the LANGUAGE OF **INSTRUCTION** IN STATE FUNDED SCHOOLS BE UKR. — offer English classes…

      THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO UKR. LANGUAGE SCHOOLS IN RUSSIA!!!
      Wonder why?

      • Alex George

        Hi Andrew, as usual you don’t like anything that orientates Ukraine towards the west – typical of your pro-Kremlin agenda, always pressing for an illusory “neutrality”.

        But you clearly didn’t read my post, since you mis-quote it at several points. Go back, try again.

        But this time don’t pretend to be Ukrainian. You aren’t Ukrainian, you don’t live in Ukraine, and you don’t speak the Ukrainian language.

    • Andrew Chmile

      RUSKI MOLE GETTING AGITATED BY THE UKRAINIAN LANGUAGE IN UKRAINE ROTE:

      “Banning Russian (which will never work anyway)”

      YES IT WILL! :)
      WHY NOT?

      Doesn’t have to be done as BRUTALLY & AS STUPIDLY AS THE RUSKI DID TO UKRAINIAN THOUGH.

      Just DO WTF the RUSKI DID TO **ALL** THE MANY LANGUAGES IN THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION AS PER PUTIN’S DECREE. :)

      Banning a language DOES WORK!!
      Look at WTF happened to Ukrainian in the Kuban, Kursk, Belhorod, etc…

      If people want Russianschools,let them go to Russia, RIGHT you *MOLE*?

      Or pay for PRIVATE TUTORING!

      Just read some of the Euromaiden articles on the Ukrainian language here!!!

    • Ihor Dawydiak

      Agreed. In fact, the English language is unofficially being promoted as a language of second choice among students in higher learning facilities so that they can better compete in high tech industries within the international community. In addition, the trend towards the use of English can also be seen in many bilingual signs (such as street signs in Ukrainian and English) throughout Ukraine. This in turn may be subtle but it is also effective in the long term.

  • Murf

    If you want to increase the Ukrainian language you have to sell Ukrainian culture.
    Make it fashionable.
    Not u=just in Ukraine but to the whole world.
    The Italian Actress Monaica Balluchi posing in “Traditional Ukrainian” Style is a more effective weapon than a T-64 tank.
    Some areas to consider:
    Movies & TV- Give a 40% tax break to ANY production made in Ukraine. A extra 20% if they prominently show a Ukraine logo. The tax loss is nothing compares to the publicity gained . the US state of Georgia did this and have built a 5 billion dollar industry. “The Walking Dead” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2” are both filmed in Georgia and have a State of Georgia Logo at the end of the credits(a peach). A Sandra Bullock rom com set in Livi or Liam Neeson kicking the sh*t of a scum bag in Odesa will do more than passing a thousand laws that people will ignore anyway.
    Make movies about Ukraine history. Not ham fisted propaganda. Show the good and the bad but tinge it with hope. The battle against the Mongols in which Kyiv was destroyed but later on they drove the invaders out.
    Do a biopic about Prince Voldomyer. Throw in some fantasy elements for fun.
    Make a show about ridiculously hot young Patrol Police(which is not far from the truth) dealing with their first days on the job, Don’t ignore he corruption but instead address. show the negative consequences to all Ukrainians.
    Make a movie about that WWII ethnic Tarter fighter pilot who had his family relocated by the Stalin.
    A comedy about a small business owner dealing with bureaucratic nonsense and colorful neighbors. make the bureaucratic at turns greedy and sinister or dopey and desperate.
    The key to reducing corruption is to not turn Ukraine into a police state but reduce it social acceptability.
    The mass media can be a wonderful tool for changing a society for the positive. The trick is to make them want to accept the message not ram it down their throats.
    It can also encourage people want to be apart of Ukraine.
    That is the key.

    • MichaelA

      Smart thinking

      • Andrew Chmile

        YOU ARE A LYING SCUMBAG RUSKI MOLE “MichelA/Alex George”

        • Alex George

          Typical Andrew, attacking supporters of Ukraine at every opportunity. This is how Putin trolls operate- posing as defenders of Ukraine, whilst in reality doing their best to bring it down.

        • MichaelA

          According to you I am also Murf and Rafael

          And when you use your account Mr Jackson/Njordheim you say I am Vasyl and Ihor

          The one using multiple accounts is you

          • Andrew Chmile

            “According to you I am also Murf and Rafael”

            Oh? :))

            WHERE? WHEN???
            Lying, Russo-mongolian SCUMBAG!

        • MichaelA

          So I am Alex now
          Before you said I was Ihor
          And Rafael

          • Andrew Chmile

            “So I am Alex now
            Before you said I was Ihor
            And Rafael”

            You’re lying again you Russo-mongolian faqqot. :)

            Seems like you are desperate for my “attention”.
            You are a lot like a kunt alright…… fookin’ “language major” 😉

            Just a little (monhol) kunt….

          • MichaelA

            and you are an uneducated and uncultured loser
            murf makes a statement about promoting the ukrainian language
            i approve it and you attack me for approving it
            you really hate ukraine

          • Andrew Chmile

            “you really hate ukraine”

            Why do you never CAPITALIZE “Ukraine” ? — RUSKI SCUMBAG !!!

          • MichaelA

            because when I am typing on my phone i usually dont capitalise anything
            why are you trying to deflect from what I wrote:
            murf makes a statement about promoting the ukrainian language
            i approve it and you attack me for approving it
            you really hate ukraine

          • Mr. Jackson

            Alex George aka MichaelA hatea Ukraine as all ashkenazim. They just like to use you animals, that’s why he is not capitalizing shitty name.

        • Mr. Jackson

          Ashkenazim Alex George is smarter then you Galican Catholic POS!
          You are Russian Loving SCUM and he knows that and will outpost you every hour in day! Admit defeat inferior animal!

      • Andrew Chmile

        NO! — A LANGUAGE LAW LIKE IN THE BALTIC NATIONS OR IN MOST OF **WESTERN** EUROPE — OR EVEN IN POLAND WOULD BE MORE EFFECTIVE!!!

        WHY TF SHOULD THE UKRAINIAN LANGUAGE “COMPETE” IN **UKRAINE**

        WITH SCUMBAG, **U-G-L-E-E-E** archaic & PRIMITIVE & *CLUNKY* — CLUMSY Russo-mongolian!

        IS THERE EVEN **ONE** UKR. LANGUAGE SCHOOL IN ALL OF FILTHY RUSSIA?

        Right you RUSKI **MOLE** SCUMBAG?

        You MOLES “come out” when the RUSKI MOLE BS “Disqus MOLE sites” are BEING EXPOSED!

        That is important, RIGHT?

        AS IS THE UKRAINIAN LANGUAGE IN UKRAINE!

        The Baltic nations SAVED THEIR LANGUAGES with their LANGUAGE LAWS! — Too bad if yoy monhols don’t like it!

        FU!

        • Alex George

          Its a pity that you don’t know how Baltic language laws work. Get an education before writing rubbish.

          Controlling the use of the Russian language and promoting Ukrainian is a good thing, but nobody is stupid enough to ban the use of RussiaN.

          What you are advocating is exactly what Krem-trolls (falsely) accuse Ukraine of doing. You would love to drive a wedge between Russian-speaking Ukrainians and Ukrainian-speaking Ukrainians, wouldn’t you?

          And the irony is that you yourself are not Ukrainian, you don’t live in Ukraine, and you don’t speak the Ukrainian language.

          • Mr. Jackson

            Rapist Andrew grazing on dog shit thus he lack capacity to learn because shit is not really very nutritious according to Galician scientists!

        • MichaelA

          Same to you
          I think Murf’s post was smart

          • Mr. Jackson

            Alex George – Andrew The Wife Rapist and Galician Swine knows you are one and the same Ashkenazim Troll! Once that POS is zeroed in on you he will abuse the hell out of you … even his son XENON aka ZENON does not speak with him because he is Heavy Duty Dangerous, Angry and Evil !!

        • Mr. Jackson

          STUPID – There is no Ukrainian language. This is Russian dialect spoken in border land know as Ukraina.

    • Andrew Chmile

      See my above please Murf.

    • Andrew Chmile

      Much better to put a LANGUAGE LAW in place.

      One has been approved, but CORRUPT, CORPULENT Poroshenko has REFUSED to sign it!

      The OLD law, put into effect by the traitor Yanukovych, effectively scrapped the U. language law, & made Russian the “main language” in many areas. The chief proponents of such, defected to Russia like he did.

      The languages of the Balic nations would have DISAPPEARED by now, if those nations had not put in place laws protecting those languages.

      Russians have BANNED the Ukrainian language many times. As have the polaks.

      In Russia, under Putin, just about ALL LANGUAGES ARE BANNED (in effect!!) BY LAW, BUT RUSSIAN.

      • Alex George

        Ukraine already has a language law. It wisely does not attempt to outlaw the Russian language, which would be doomed to failure and merely incite anger and strife within Ukraine – something Putin trolls would love to see happen.

        The Baltic nations are similar, having laws for regional languages. Estonia for example:

        “In local governments where at least half of the permanent residents belong to a national minority, everyone has the right to approach state agencies operating in the territory of the corresponding local government and the corresponding local government authorities and receive from the agencies and the officials and employees thereof the responses in the language of the national minority beside responses in Estonian.”- section 9(1) of the Estonian Language Act.

        • Andrew Chmile

          LYING RUSKI SCUMBAG **MOLE**

          § 1. Status of Estonian language
          (1) The official language of Estonia is Estonian.

          (2) For the purposes of this Act, the basis for the official use of Estonian is the Estonian Literary Standard pursuant to the procedure
          established by the Government of the Republic

          Citizenship Act – Riigi Teataja

          https://www.riigiteataja.ee/en/eli/512022015001/consolideJump to § 35 Special conditions for acquisition of Estonian citizenship – (1) Adults with restricted active legal capacity who … specified in sections 8 and 9 of this Act to an extent and … Estonian language examination and the examination …

          MINELRES – Estonia – Language

          http://www.minelres.lv/NationalLegislation/Estonia/Estonia_Language_English.htm17.01.2002 entered into force 01.02.2002 – RT I 2002, 9, 47; … (

          ESP CHECK OUT:
          (& THERE IS A LOT MORE!!!)

          AND ESTONIA HAS A VERY HIGH RATE OF RUSKI INFESTATION!!!

          1) For the purposes of this Act, any language other than Estonian is a foreign language. … (2) and (3) of this section shall be established by the Government of the Republic.

          ————-

          THE **ONLY** LANGUAGE IN OFFICIAL, LEGAL. EDUCATIONAL IN UKRAINE SHOULD BE ***UKRAINIAN***.

          English lessons to also be provided! :))

          EAT IT — RUSSO-MONGOLIAN POS! :)

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1fd2b2674f4ad6f5219b571ea9e89d801c3603d65be0b507b9ed086e11931b16.jpg

          • Alex George

            You have repeated the same argument as your previous post, so I will make the same reply:

            Thank you for proving my point. Estonian is the official language of Estonia, but the rights of minority/regional language users are protected.

            The same thing applies in Ukraine – Ukrainian is the official language but the rights of minority/regional languages (Russian included) are protected.

            The jibe from Kremlin media that Ukraine banned use of Russian is a lie. I appreciate you would like to make it a reality (thus serving your Kremlin masters) but it isn’t.

          • Andrew Chmile

            “Thank you for proving my point.”

            Proclaiming “VICTORY!” — when clearly PROVEN WRONG — is a very Russo-mongolian cultural hallmark. As is LYING! — RIGHT SCUMBAG? 😉

            You are clearly **INFERIOR**.

            “Estonian is the official language of
            Estonia, but the rights of minority/regional language users are
            protected.”

            Did you BOTHER to READ — the PRIVILEGES that ESTONIAN **LANGUAGE** KNOWLEDGE & CITIZENSHIP CONVEYS & IMPLIES AS OPPOSED TO CLEARLY *STATED*

            — FOREIGN— LANGUAGES DO NOT?

            You seem to have “forgotten” that — *IGNORED* SUCH!

            As you seem to have “forgotten” the REAL LANGUAGE LAW — FOR **22* YEARS — before that RUSKI LOVING, TRAITOROUS SCUMBAG ex-PRESIDENT YANUKOVYCZ.

            AND FOR THOSE **22** YEARS — YOU RUSO-MONGOLIAN SAVAGES DIDN’T RUN AROUND IN YOUR VERY USUAL BS — H-Y-S-T-E-R-I-C-A-L — Ruski manner, SCREAMING:
            “GENOCIDE OF RUSSIAN SPEAKERS!!!! A-A-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-E-E-Eeeeeeeee!!!!!”

            Now did you dum mo’ fo’s ?

            Well?

            Did you?

            You AGAIN IGNORED THIS POINT AS WELL — Shall we continue …. STUPID RUSKI POS!!! :)

            There were MANY POINTS — you ignore AND CAN NOT ANSWER FOR YOU ARE WEAK, RUSSIAN & STUPID & A LIAR, — Just how it is … you DO discus things like a faqqot!

            They do that too… WEAK! :))

          • Alex George

            But you did prove my point. Read the Estonian language act – the part that I cited as well as the part you did. Estonian is the official language of Estonia, but the rights of minority/regional language users are protected.

            The same thing applies in Ukraine – Ukrainian is the official language but the rights of minority/regional languages (Russian included) are protected.

            The jibe from Kremlin media that Ukraine banned use of Russian is a lie. I appreciate you would like to make it a reality (thus serving your Kremlin masters) but it isn’t.

        • Andrew Chmile

          EAT THIS & TWIST IT AS MUCH AS YOU CAN — **LYING** RUSSO-MONGOLIAN SCUMBAGS!!! :))

          ANIMALS!!!

          § 1. Status of Estonian language

          (1) The official language of Estonia is Estonian.

          (2) For the purposes of this Act, the basis for the official use of
          Estonian is the Estonian Literary Standard pursuant to the procedure
          established by the Government of the Republic.

          Go on —- see wtf it takes to be a REAL CITIZEN — YOU RUSKI **MOLE** POS!! :))

          http://www.minelres.lv/NationalLegislation/Estonia/Estonia_Language_English.htm

          • Alex George

            Exactly – thank you for proving my point. Estonian is the official language of Estonia, but the rights of minority language users are protected.

            The same thing applies in Ukraine – Ukrainian is the official language but the rights of minority languages (Russian included) are protected.

            The jibe from Kremlin media that Ukraine banned use of Russian is a lie. I appreciate you would like to make it a reality (thus serving your Kremlin masters) but it isn’t.

          • Andrew Chmile

            “The jibe from Kremlin media that Ukraine banned use of Russian is a lie.”

            I KNOW.

            ” I appreciate you would like to make it a reality ”

            Yes.

            “(thus serving your
            Kremlin masters) but it isn’t.”

            IT WILL & MUST BE.

            Centuries of physical & cultural genocide must be reversed.

            You want “Ruski language” — GET NON-TAX PAYER SUPPORTED PRIVATE LESSONS ON YOUR OWN TIME! — NOT ON THE UKRAINIAN STATE TAX “DIME”.

            Pretty much what you have IMPOSED ON ALL THE MANY, MANY NATIONALITIES & MANY, MANY ETHNIC GROUPS & RACES OF THE SO-CALLED “RUSSIAN **FEDERATION**”
            RIGHT?

            How many Ukrainian language schools in Russia? — ZERO!!!

            HOW MANY RUSSIAN LANGUAGE BANS OF UKRAINIAN ___IN UKRAINE__?

            FK YOUR NASTY **UGL-E-E-E-E-E** ARTIFICIALLY CREATED B@STARD MIX OF VARIOUS MONGOLOIDOL DIALECTS, A CREATED NIX OF A SYNTHESIZED SOUTH BULGARIAN PEASANT DIALECT & A MIX OF SUCH SH*T THAT THE AFRICANS HAD TO COME & TRY & HELP YOU OUT — & they failed! :)))

            It’s STILL SH*T!!!
            Consonant heavy, an admixture of barks & growls.

            & YES — WRONG AGAIN!
            You wrote that “banning Russian won’t work.”

            SURE IT WILL! :)

            It “worked” on the Ukrainian language in Kuban, Kursk, Belhorod, etc…
            DIDN’T IT?

            You ALSO ignored my COUNTERPOINT to THAT claim!

            You are so WEAK! :)
            COWARDLY!
            LYING!
            SO RUSSIAN! :) SUCH SH*T!

            And as a **MOLE** — you have to EAT IT! :))))

            A MAN WOULD NOT! ;)))
            You little KUNT! :))

            Faqqot! :))))

            http://tinyurl.com/lav9fgp

          • Alex George

            Nice try, Andrew. You are not in favour of the Ukrainian language (which you don’t speak) nor of Ukraine.

            You want to ban the Russian language in Ukraine, knowing that it will never work, but that it will offend many Russian-speaking people who have fought hard for Ukraine, putting their bodies and blood on the line. In short, as usual, you are trying to incite fighting between Ukrainians.

            Putin’s greatest failure was that Russian-speaking Ukrainians turned against him. He wants to change that, and you want to do his bidding.

    • Alex George

      I agree Murf, these are very sound practical ideas, and would greatly help to promote the use of the Ukrainian language. There should be increased literature and poetry prizes also.

      • Mr. Jackson

        Kiss.. kiss.. kiss Polak’s ass … inferior ukrainian askenazim.

    • Andrew Chmile

      Just have a ENFORCED LANGUAGE LAW AS THEY DO IN RUSSIA!!!
      FOR THE ENTIRE “Ruski Federation”.

      As ALMOST ALL NATIONS HAVE THEIR OFFICIAL & LEGAL LANGUAGE
      FOR TRADE, EDUCATION, ETC… A “NATIONAL LANGUAGE”!

      There should NOT be any question of “COMPETITION” IN A POST RUSSIAN-COMMUNIST STATE AND THE UKRAINIAN LANGUAGE IN UKRAINE!!!

      FK THE RUSSIANS THAT DON’T LIKE **UKRAINIANS**
      SPEAKING **UKRAINIAN**
      IN **UKRAINE**!!!

      Ukrainian is NOT ALLOWED In ALL of Russia — NOTHING EXCEPT RUSSIAN in the Russian “Federation” — which has 110 or so different nationalities… & the many millions of Ukrainians that were DEPORTED there under the Russo-mongolian Tsars or the Russo-mongolian commies!

      FK their HYSTERICAL monhol SCREAMING OF:
      “GENOCIDE OF RUSSIAN SPEAKERS!!! A-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-E-E-E-eeeeeee!!!!”

      They’ll get over it!
      …the @ssholes!!!!

  • Andrew Chmile

    Serhiy Dyatsiuk– The author of this article — is an @SS!

    The only way NOW — to make Ukrainian “competitive” IN UKRAINE, is to have the SAME TYPES OF LANGUAGE LAWS YOU HAVE IN THE BALTIC NATIONS, IN FRANCE etc..

    Ukraine should NOT have “to compete” IN UKRAINE — with RUSSIAN!

    The centuries of RUSSIAN BRUTALITY against the Ukrainian language has taken it’s toll. The fact that the Russian moles and trolls find it important (not to mention that Russian prostitute in the Russian Foreign Ministry) to stick their LYING Russo-mongolian noses in this discussion says a great deal.

  • Ihor Dawydiak

    One interesting omission in this article (perhaps unintended) was the use of the term “patriotism” which would for all intensive purposes probably describe the views held by most Ukrainians. To be more specific, the term patriotism is generally considered to be a less fervent form of nationalism which in turn is more appealing to the populace as it is more inclusive for all ethnic minorities including Russians. It also promotes creative acculturation without any stigmas that may be attached to any perceived excesses that are often associated with extreme nationalism. Therefore, from this article’s perspective, there remains a huge gap between nationalism/authoritarianism (as well as the promotion of the oligarchy) and the previous status quo (the overwhelming use of the Russian language and the Soviet models in conducting business). Furthermore, “the proof is in the pudding” as could be demonstrated with the pro-Ukrainian personnel (volunteers or as part of the Ukrainian Army) involved in the war in Eastern Donbas. How many of these pro-Ukrainian individuals (which have included Jewish Rabbis, ethnic Georgians, Armenians, Belorusians, Russians, Russian speaking Ukrainians, etcetera) would be better described as patriots of Ukraine? Your guess.

    • Andrew Chmile

      @ RUSKI ANTI-UKRAINIAN LANGUAGE **MOLES** UP-VOTED YOUR LYING @SS! :)

  • Mr. Jackson

    GALICIAN CATHOLIC UKRNAZZI IN ACTION!!! HUUUURRRA!! HUURRRA!!!