“Regional language” status for Russian in contravention of Ukraines Constitution
On 27 December the Leninsky Court in Luhansk revoked as unlawful Item one in the decision of the Luhansk Regional Council from 25 April 2006 No. 2/13 which gave Russian regional language status in the Luhansk region.
On 4 May 2006 Luhansk resident Anatoly Nazarenko lodged a civil claim with the court regarding this decision. He asserted that it infringed a norm of the Constitution.
Representative of the Committee of Voters of Europe Yevhen Bairamov took part in the court proceedings representing the claimant.
Unfortunately, although the decision of the Regional Council was clearly unlawful, Judge Olena Popova still took 20 months to examine the case. She announced breaks on a number of occasions with the last for more than a year, from 15 December 2006 to 27 December 2007. During that period, Luhansk courts turned down suits against the same decision of the Regional Council lodged by the Luhansk Regional Prosecutor and representatives of the Luhansk branch of “Prosvita”.