World: Ukraine inflicts a fine of the mayor of Kharkov for having spoken Russian on official channels

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The Ukrainian authorities inflicted a fine of almost 100 euros to the mayor of Kharkov, Igor Terekhov, for having spoken in Russian on television and managed his social networks in Russian, in violation of a Law that made Ukrainian the language of communication of the whole state, even before the Russian invasion.

The State Commission for the Protection of the Language said that Mr. Terekhov was inflicted an administrative fine of 3,400 grivnas (around 93 euros) for having used a "profane language" during his official television emissions, as well as on its Facebook and Telegram profiles.

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The sanction will take effect on December 4, 2022, while Terekhov has four weeks to appeal. She intervenes after several regional authorities have denounced the mayor of Kharkiv for having repeatedly addressed citizens in Russian, reports Ukrinform.

The law dates before the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Already in May 2021, the head of the Commission for the protection of the state language, Taras Kremin, announced that he would strengthen the control of the Kharkov administration due to the numerous violations committed within the Assembly Local by deputies or other officials when they use Russian during parliamentary sessions.

Mr. Terekhov has been mayor of Kharkov since November 11, 2021, when he won an early election with just over 50 % of the vote due to the death of his predecessor, Hennadi Kernes, following complications related to Coronavirus. His party, Kernes Bloc - Successful Kharkov, claims to be opposed to the central government.

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