Embassy of Ukraine to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Kyiv 18:24

Comparative characteristics of the rights of Ukrainians in Russia and Russians in Ukraine


Ukrainians in Russia

Russians in Ukraine


1,93 million (1,4% of the population). According to unofficial sources about 10 millions. 

8,33 millions (17,3% of the population).


10 schools teaching Ukrainian language and culture.

1256 schools teaching Russian language, where 694 331 students study.


Ukrainian subjects are studied in 11 Russian colleges. Studies in Ukrainian are not available

214325 are taught in Russian. Russian language and literature are taught in 31 colleges.

Printed editions

7 Ukrainian language newspapers

1176 Russian language newspapers.

Radio stations

1 Ukrainian language programme

From 5 to 74% of the general amount of programmes in Ukraine (depending on a region) are broadcasted in Russian.

Public organisations

About 100

At the same time, there were 2 cases when Ukrainian organisations were banned and 2 cases when a registration of such organisations was denied.


OSCE assessment

According to the results of monitoring the state of the educational rights of ethnic Ukrainians in Russia and ethnic Russians in Ukraine, carried out by the Office of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities on March-April 2009, it was noted that the Russian minority cultural and linguistic rights in Ukraine are satisfied in a much better way than it is usually provided to the  national minorities in other OSCE participating States.