Igor Terekhov was fined for the Russian language

18:44 24 November Kyiv, Ukraine

Kharkiv Mayor Igor Terekhov was fined UAH 3,400 for using the Russian language when addressing Ukrainians.

This was announced on November 24 by the Commissioner for the Protection of the State Language Taras Kremen.

The Language Ombudsman issued a resolution imposing an administrative penalty in the form of a fine for violating the Law of Ukraine On Ensuring the Functioning of the Ukrainian Language as the State Language by the Kharkiv Mayor.

The resolution states that Terekhov used a non-state language in appeals to the residents of Kharkov on the air of the United News telethon.

The commissioner also issued a warning, according to which the official Internet representations of the mayor on Facebook and Telegram must be performed in the state language.

Kremen's decisions come into force on December 4 after the deadline for their appeal.