Category Archives: Russian language in Ukraine

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ETHNIC AND SOCIAL COMPOSITION OF UKRAINE’S REGIONS AND VOTING PATTERNS

David Marples This paper looks at the ethnic and social makeup of Ukrainian regions and its impact on voting patterns over the past two decades. While skeptical of a simplistic division of the country through spoken language and ethnic affiliation,

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ETHNIC AND SOCIAL COMPOSITION OF UKRAINE’S REGIONS AND VOTING PATTERNS

David Marples This paper looks at the ethnic and social makeup of Ukrainian regions and its impact on voting patterns over the past two decades. While skeptical of a simplistic division of the country through spoken language and ethnic affiliation,

UKRAINE’S ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT WITH THE EU: ACCEPTABLE COMPROMISES AND SHARED HYPOCRISIES

David R. Marples This paper will examine the prospects for Ukraine signing the Association Agreement with the EU and provide an assessment of the potential pitfalls and advantages of potential cooperation, as well as the responses of the leadership of

UKRAINE’S ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT WITH THE EU: ACCEPTABLE COMPROMISES AND SHARED HYPOCRISIES

David R. Marples This paper will examine the prospects for Ukraine signing the Association Agreement with the EU and provide an assessment of the potential pitfalls and advantages of potential cooperation, as well as the responses of the leadership of

UKRAINE ON THE EVE OF PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS

David Marples A number of recent opinion polls shed light on the attitudes of residents of Ukraine to separation, the new language law, relations with Russia, and the forthcoming parliamentary elections. Overall they suggest that residents of Ukraine are relatively

UKRAINE ON THE EVE OF PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS

David Marples A number of recent opinion polls shed light on the attitudes of residents of Ukraine to separation, the new language law, relations with Russia, and the forthcoming parliamentary elections. Overall they suggest that residents of Ukraine are relatively

Playing the Identity Card

Mykola Riabchuk If one observes a significant number of politicians talking about the “protection of Russian language” and “closer ties with Russia,” one can be sure that an election campaign in Ukraine is in full swing. The goal of the

Playing the Identity Card

Mykola Riabchuk If one observes a significant number of politicians talking about the “protection of Russian language” and “closer ties with Russia,” one can be sure that an election campaign in Ukraine is in full swing. The goal of the

DUPING THE PUSSY-CATS

Mykola Riabchuk The last hopes some Ukrainians harbored for president’s veto over the highly divisive language bill, faded away on August 8, after Viktor Yanukovych signed it into law http://www.president.gov.ua/news/24960.html. The result was largely predictable since the promotion of Russian

DUPING THE PUSSY-CATS

Mykola Riabchuk The last hopes some Ukrainians harbored for president’s veto over the highly divisive language bill, faded away on August 8, after Viktor Yanukovych signed it into law http://www.president.gov.ua/news/24960.html. The result was largely predictable since the promotion of Russian

LANGUAGE LAW A PLOY TO DISTRACT VOTERS

David Marples On July 3, the Ukrainian Parliament passed the second draft of a language law that would grant official status to minority languages in areas in which they are spoken by at least 10% of the population. Its acceptance

LANGUAGE LAW A PLOY TO DISTRACT VOTERS

David Marples On July 3, the Ukrainian Parliament passed the second draft of a language law that would grant official status to minority languages in areas in which they are spoken by at least 10% of the population. Its acceptance

Playing with Ambiguities

Mykola Ryabchuk Playing with Ambiguities Ukraine is an not an easy country to understand because of a great number of ambiguities, and the language issue is a very good example. On the one hand, according to the 2001 national census,

Playing with Ambiguities

Mykola Ryabchuk Playing with Ambiguities Ukraine is an not an easy country to understand because of a great number of ambiguities, and the language issue is a very good example. On the one hand, according to the 2001 national census,

STASIUK BLOG NOTES, 1/11

David Marples Recent opinion polls suggest that the number of Ukrainian speakers in Ukraine is rising, despite the recent closure of several schools in Makiivka. According to the Razumkov Center, in the early years of the 21st century, the number

STASIUK BLOG NOTES, 1/11

David Marples Recent opinion polls suggest that the number of Ukrainian speakers in Ukraine is rising, despite the recent closure of several schools in Makiivka. According to the Razumkov Center, in the early years of the 21st century, the number

Beauty and the Beasts

Mykola Riabchuk In a recent interview with TVi – one of the few independent channels not yet completely domesticated by the authorities – Hanna Herman, the deputy head of the omnipotent presidential administration, recognized that Ukrainian-speaking Ukrainians are, in fact,

Beauty and the Beasts

Mykola Riabchuk In a recent interview with TVi – one of the few independent channels not yet completely domesticated by the authorities – Hanna Herman, the deputy head of the omnipotent presidential administration, recognized that Ukrainian-speaking Ukrainians are, in fact,

They Will Not Sing

Mykola Riabchuk During my schooldays, I heard an interesting account of the etymology of the word “shantrapa” (šantrapá), broadly used in Soviet slang to define petty thugs or, as a dictionary more politely suggests, “worthless persons.” The word had arguably

They Will Not Sing

Mykola Riabchuk During my schooldays, I heard an interesting account of the etymology of the word “shantrapa” (šantrapá), broadly used in Soviet slang to define petty thugs or, as a dictionary more politely suggests, “worthless persons.” The word had arguably

Prospects for New Leadership in Ukraine

David R. Marples for EDMONTON JOURNAL, 17 September 2008 There seems to be no immediate solution to the political crisis in Ukraine, which on September 16 brought about the final collapse of the Orange coalition established after the 2004 Orange

Prospects for New Leadership in Ukraine

David R. Marples for EDMONTON JOURNAL, 17 September 2008 There seems to be no immediate solution to the political crisis in Ukraine, which on September 16 brought about the final collapse of the Orange coalition established after the 2004 Orange

Ukrainians Are Neither Clearly Pro-Western Nor Pro-Russian

By Mykola Riabchuk The wise man who distinguished the truth, the lie, and statistics, might well have included among the latter opinion surveys — at least as they function in Ukraine. David Marples’s article in the “Edmonton Journal” (Monday, July

Ukrainians Are Neither Clearly Pro-Western Nor Pro-Russian

By Mykola Riabchuk The wise man who distinguished the truth, the lie, and statistics, might well have included among the latter opinion surveys — at least as they function in Ukraine. David Marples’s article in the “Edmonton Journal” (Monday, July