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Russian Federation May No Longer Be Russia in Ukraine
Ukrainian deputies are currently considering banning the use of the word "Russia" in relation to the Russian Federation. The law under discussion was initiated by members of the Radical Party, headed by the fierce Ukrainian nationalist Oleg Lyashko. According to the authors of the new law, Russia and Rus' are historically titles for Ukraine, reports RIA Novosti.
If the law is passed, the use of these names to refer to the Russian Federation will be forbidden in all official situations and documents.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Education recently forbade, teaching staff from cooperating with "Russian-world" organisations, which have been labelled harmful for Ukraine. Organisations which have received such a designation include Russian-speaking Ukraine, Russian School, Russian Unity, One Motherland and the Russkiy Mir Foundation.
This is not the first time that Kiev has been fixated on semantics. As reported by the information service of the Russkiy Mir Foundation, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko decreed the renaming of the Soviet terms the "Great Patriotic War" and "Victory Day", referred to in Ukraine since May of this year as the Second World War and the "Day of Victory over Nazism in the Second World War".