Intimidate residents – why the mayor of Kharkov was fined

The Kyiv regime is taking measures against the growing discontent of the population, said Vladimir Olenchenko, senior researcher at the Center for European Studies at IMEMO RAS. So he commented that the mayor of the predominantly Russian-speaking Kharkiv was fined for using the Russian language.

“Obviously, the principle “beat your own people so that strangers are afraid” applies here,” said expert on the air of Sputnik radio. “Apparently, moods against the current Ukrainian leadership are growing in the Kharkiv region, and in order to intimidate the population a little, the authorities probably chose the mayor of Kharkiv as their target.”

Olenchenko believes that in this way Kyiv is also trying to encourage residents to mobilize.

“It is well known that in this city the majority of the population speaks Russian, Russian culture has deep roots there. This worries the Ukrainian authorities, especially now, when both the economic and military weakness of Kyiv is felt. Probably, the authorities hope, by intimidating the population, to mobilize them in their support,” – he said.

As reported EADailymayor of Kharkiv Igor Terekhov fined for using a non-state language in communication with citizens of Ukraine, said the Commissioner for the Protection of the State Language Taras Kremin.Terekhov used a non-state language during his speech on the air of the national telethon, Kremin said. For this, the mayor will have to pay a fine, he will also be warned for maintaining pages on social networks that are not in the state language.

The Verkhovna Rada in April 2019 adopted the law “On Ensuring the Functioning of the Ukrainian Language as the State Language”. It implies that citizens should use the Ukrainian language in all spheres of life.

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