In Ukraine, they called for the removal of the Russian language from old-style passports
MOSCOW, May 4 – RIA Novosti. Commissioner for the Protection of the Ukrainian Language Taras Kremin has called on the Verkhovna Rada to remove the Russian language from the passports of old-style citizens.
“We want a change in the provisions on the passport of a Ukrainian citizen, in accordance with the first part of article 8 of the language law, which allows the passport to be issued in the state language,” he said. Press conference in Media Center Ukraine.
As Kremin explains, there are two types of passports in parallel in Ukraine: biometric passports and old-style passports in which information is recorded in both Ukrainian and Russian.
The Verkhovna Rada adopted the law “On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language” on April 25, 2019. The document implies that citizens should use Ukrainian in all spheres of life. Violation of this law provides for an administrative penalty in the form of a fine of 3,400 hryvnia ($92).
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