MOSCOW, February 16 – RIA Novosti. Ex-deputy of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukrainian nationalist Oleg Gelevey attacked a visitor of one of the Kiev cafes with a knife because of the Russian language. This is reported by the publication Strana.ua with reference to sources in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.
According to the newspaper, the incident took place on Sunday. Gelevey, together with his previously convicted acquaintance, being “with obvious signs of alcoholic intoxication,” began a skirmish with the waitress, who communicated with the visitors in Russian.
Another client of the cafe stood up for the girl, as a result a fight broke out between him and the ex-deputy and his acquaintances. As the newspaper writes, Gelevei and his companion, armed with a knife, “clamped their opponent in the corner of the room and inflicted cut wounds on him.”
According to Strana.ua, an ambulance was called for the victim, the Ukrainian police opened criminal proceedings under the article on hooliganism using a pre-prepared object for causing bodily harm. According to the newspaper, the ex-deputy was interrogated and released, his acquaintance was detained on the spot.
The Parliament of Ukraine adopted the law “On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state language” in April 2019. The document provided for the creation of a special “language commission”, as well as the introduction of the position of the commissioner for his defense, which is now occupied by Taras Kremin. The same law proposed to introduce exams for officials that determine the level of knowledge of the Ukrainian language, and to fine for violation of the law. The fine ranges from 5.1 thousand hryvnia ($ 184) to 6.8 thousand hryvnia ($ 245). The norm on the compulsory use of the Ukrainian language in the service sector on the territory of Ukraine came into force on January 16.