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Presidential speech and processes of language democratization in contemporary Ukraine

by Alla Nedashkivska

1.0 Introduction

One of the most prominent political events in the life of modern Ukrainian society was the Orange Revolution that coincided with the 2004 presidential elections, events that attracted world-wide attention. Events during the revolution and those surrounding the elections were perceived as a challenge to democratic principles in an independent Ukraine. The presidential elections became a battle between the existing Soviet-style authoritarian regime of then-president Leonid Kuchma and the opposition movement in favour of democratic ideals led by Viktor Yushchenko.

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