Bus drivers forced to curb language

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Ukrainian bus drivers face being stripped of their operating licences ifthey are discovered entertaining their passengers with Russian pop music. Local politicians in the western Ukraine city of Lviv have drafted alanguage law which would take away the licences of the drivers if theycontinued to play the music, according to reports on BBC News Online. Vasyl Shelook, of Lviv City Council, said the council wanted to”de-Russify” Ukrainian life. “Lviv is the most Ukrainian city in the country. If we don’t preserveour Ukrainian language we will lose our identity, so we must force peoplesomehow to speak our native language,” he said. It may not only be buses that are affected by the ban on Russian music. Thenew law, which would come into force next year if passed, could be extended tocover music in bars and restaurants in the city. Lviv City Council said it was determined to protect Ukraine heritage.”Our Ukrainian culture is under threat,” said Shelook. “Russian is everywhere in Ukraine – it’s on TV, on the internet. Wewant to keep it out of public life,” he added. Earlier this year an attempt to ban Russian-language television and radioprogrammes failed after pressure from broadcasters in Ukraine and politiciansin Moscow. It is estimated that Russian is the first language of one in five people inUkraine. Bus drivers forced to curb languageOn 29 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img