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07-08-2012, 03:40 PM
Join Date: Apr 2012
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Yes it was. Ukraine was officially bilingual until '91. (de facto and de jure)
I did just find a source confirming that in 1989 25% of Kiev students went to Ukrainian language schools
Russian or Surzhyk?
I know someone from Kiev, and she's only ever spoken fluent Ukrainian with me, and she's older than Ponikarovsky. She goes back and forth often enough, I'll ask her what it's like living there; but while my impression has always been that Russian is heavier in the city, it's never been lopsided.
We'll just have to disagree on the de facto part. If you wanted to go anywhere in the Soviet Union you needed to study in a Russian school or University.
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