SBU opened criminal proceedings on the ex-mayor of Uzhgorod for statements about the Ukrainian language

СБУ открыла уголовное производство на экс-мэра Ужгорода за высказывания об украинском языке

The security service of Ukraine opened criminal proceedings concerning ex-the mayor of Uzhgorod Sergei Ratushnyak for his dismissive attitude to the Ukrainian language, which he distributed in Facebook. This was reported in Facebook the people’s Deputy Iryna Podolyak, which has sent a request to the SBU.

“As a result of my treatment of the SBU opened criminal proceedings against Ratushniak for disparaging statements about the Ukrainian language”, – she wrote.

In response, the SBU, photos which is posted on the website of the Deputy Podolyak, States that a verification of the facts spread by Sergey Ratushnyak materials referred to in the Deputy appeal, will be implemented by the investigation Department of the SBU in the Transcarpathian region.

Ratushnyak charged with part 2 of article 109 (public incitement to violent change or overthrow of the constitutional order or seizure of state power, as well as distribution of materials with appeals to Commission of such actions) and part 1 of article 110 (intentional acts committed for the purpose of modifying the boundaries of the territory or state border of Ukraine in violation of the order established by the Constitution, and also public appeals or distribution of materials with appeals to commit such acts) of the Criminal code.

According to Podolyak, 30 January Ratushniak on his page in the social network published a report, which “urged to build walls Crimea, Donbass, Dnipropetrovsk, Odessa, Lvov, and to dissociate itself from the hateful Kiev authorities”. Also, the ex-official on whose page the controversial post has disappeared, kind of like called the Ukrainian language “grunting and vomiting”.

As reported, two residents of Donetsk region was sentenced to five years in prison for anti-Ukrainian appeals to social networks.

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