“We cannot try on models of other states in Ukraine,” Samopomich’s deputy Iryna Podoliak addresses those criticising the law on the state language in Ukraine.
Especially it is the experience of Russia under the law on the state language that we should not look up to. “We cannot use the language model of Russia, because there is a dictatorship in Russia. Ukraine is not Russia, and we are not building a totalitarian state, we are not building a dictatorship. Russian language law is very strict. In Russia, the rights of both national minorities and indigenous peoples are violated. And these indigenous languages are practically disappearing.”
Podoliak notes that we have so many laws copied from Russian ones, and so far we know that this is a road to nowhere. Responding to the question of how the Ukrainian language is protected in Russia, Iryna Podoliak notes, “The Ukrainian language in Russia is protected by guards in prisons where our political prisoners serve time.”