Mayor of Kharkiv Terekhov was ordered to pay a fine for communicating on air in Russian

Terekhov was fined for violating language legislation.

Ihor Terekhov / photo

The mayor of Kharkiv, Ihor Terekhov, must pay a fine of UAH 3.4 thousand for communicating in Russian in his appeals to Kharkiv residents on the air of an informational telethon.

This was reported on Facebook by Taras Kremen, the Commissioner for the Protection of the State Language. According to his information, Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov issued a resolution imposing an administrative fine in the form of a fine for violating the Law of Ukraine “On Ensuring the Functioning of the Ukrainian Language as a State Language”.

As stated in the decision, Terekhov used non-state language in his appeals to Kharkiv residents on the telethon “Yedini Novyni”, thereby violating the first part of Article 12 of the law.

“For the commission of the specified administrative offense, provided for in the first part of Article 188(52) of the Code of Ukraine on Administrative Offenses, an administrative penalty in the form of a fine of UAH 3,400 has been applied,” the message says.

A resolution was also issued to impose an administrative penalty in the form of a warning for violating part 6 of Article 27 of the language legislation, according to which the official Internet representations of the mayor of Kharkiv on Facebook and Telegram must be conducted in the state language.

It is noted that the specified resolutions enter into force after the expiration of the period for their appeal – until December 4, 2022.

Law on language

From July 16, 2022, all Internet resources (sites, pages in social networks, YouTube, Viber and Telegram channels, mobile applications, etc.) that are used as Internet representations of business entities registered in Ukraine must have a version in Ukrainian. This version cannot have less information in terms of volume and content than foreign language versions, and should be downloaded for users in Ukraine by default.

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