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    Moscow Sees 'Linguistic Genocide' of Russian Language in Ukraine

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    Moscow views the Ukrainian government's renunciation of the Russian language and forced Ukrainization as "linguistic genocide," the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Ukrainian lawmakers passed a bill in the first reading mid-March establishing a 75-percent quota for television programs and films in the Ukrainian language.

    "In essence, linguistic genocide is introduced in the country at the state level," ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing.

    Zakharova expressed indignation with the perceived fact that "official authorities continue the line of total de-Russification and the forced Ukrainization of the country."

    "Following absolutely odious laws that deprived the Russian-speaking population of Ukraine of the right to receive objective information in their native language, Kiev authorities intend to practically legalize a ban on the Russian language itself," she stressed.

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