Ukrainian-language literature in bookstores reaches 78% - Poroshenko

Ukrainian-language literature in bookstores reaches 78% - Poroshenko

President Petro Poroshenko has said that Ukrainian-language books and brochures in country’s bookstores account for almost 78% of the total volume, while Russian-language ones reach only 15%.

“We were always told that we are not able to compete with Russian bookstores. But finally, there are many publications in the Ukrainian language in Ukrainian stores... The nation has changed, the country has changed, and each of you feels it. At present Ukrainian-language books and brochures account for almost 78% of the total volume. Do you know the volume of Russian ones? 15% ... They [Russian-language] books always prevailed. We lived as a colony in occupation,” Poroshenko said during a meeting with residents of Zdolbuniv in Rivne region, an Ukrinform correspondent reported.

According to him, the introduction of language quotas on radio and television has yielded positive results.

“Finally, there is the Ukrainian media space, which is Ukrainian-speaking. One says - why quotas? There is freedom of speech, freedom to speak in any language. Speak - yes, but the information space, my friends, must be in Ukrainian. Why? Because the license stipulates this. If you don’t like it , go to Russia and speak Russian. Nobody forbids you,” Poroshenko said.

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